Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Val and Col Sims Memorial Maiden, shrouded in sadness after the sudden death this week of their son Ian, a life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc., has attracted some well-bred newcomers to Tara Raceway for Sunday afternoon’s two 512 metre heats.
Attracting plenty of interest will be first-starter Bourne Thanks, a March 2017 black bitch by Barcia Bale and the first of former 512 metre record holder Thanks Tubby’s progeny to race.
By Superman x Irish Fantasy, Thanks Tubby, a winner over three distances at Tara Raceway, raced on 64 occasions for 21 wins and 23 minor placings, her record 29.60 seconds established in June 2014 and standing for three years.
Another first-starter with ties to a former record holder is Rebel Ruth, whelped in May 2017 and a daughter of former top stayer Destini Fireball out of Lektra Angie, the dam of Lektra Stomp (the Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder at 29.35 seconds prior to Rockoon’s 29.28 seconds).
Rooster, a son of Cosmic Rumble and the city-winning stayer Manila Express, made his debut last week over an unsuitable 400 metres, working home well for third behind Bowled Harro.
Whelped in January 2017, Rooster appears to have inherited some of his dam’s strength with the beautifully bred Manila Express (Bekim Bale x Flossy) winning an Iron Dog series at Tara Raceway as well as plenty of 600 metre and 732 metre races at Angle Park.
Litter sisters Nix Jakit and Bab’s Jakit, who ran second and third on debut at Angle Park over 515 metres on Monday night, backed up again at the city track tonight, running fourth and second respectively and looking well placed in Sunday’s heats.
By Collision, the sisters are out of Cyanide, a winner of seven races – four at Wentworth Park – for stakemoney of more than $24,000.
School Report and Tennessee Rain, April 2017 litter brothers by Barcia Bale x Flamin’ Go, a winner of 15 races and $36,000 in stakemoney, will step out for the first time while Cleansing Ale, after two fifth placings at Warrnambool gets his chance at Tara Raceway.
A May 2017 whelping by Magic Sprite, Cleansing Ale is out of Smouldering Doll, who is another nicely bred bitch being by Bekim Bale x Flaming Doll and a litter sister to Beks, a winner of nine staying races and more than $100,000 in stakemoney.
Trainers to have previously won the Val and Col Sims Memorial and have runners in Sunday’s heats are Cap Abbott in 2013 with Arbour Darby, Nicole Stanley (2016 Rowchester Star) and Paul Herry last year with Got Some Cheek.