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Singing the praises of first-up winner
Monday, August 8, 2016
Leading local trainer Tracie Price was singing the praises of Blazing Moment at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon after his impressive debut in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 metres).
The heavily-backed 37 kilogram black dog was quickly into stride from box four and gave nothing else a chance when clearing away to a 10 length win in a quick 23.18 seconds.
There had been huge wraps on Blazing Moment after he had broken-in in brilliant fashion before later running race-winning times at Tara Raceway on trial mornings.
Such was Sunday’s effort that Price later in the day respectfully informed a prospective buyer that the dog – yet to be tried beyond 400 metres – was not for sale at any price.
“This is what you breed greyhounds for – to try and find one that’s something special. I know he’s still got a long way to go but I believe Blazing Moment will end up being the best greyhound to come out of Mount Gambier.”
By Bekim Bale, Blazing Moment is out of Lucy’s Moment (Bombastic Shiraz x Barely A Moment) which won five races at Angle Park, as well as two at Tara Raceway and one at Warrnambool when trained by Price.
And it was Lucy’s Moment’s litter brother Shiraz Moment that saw Price hit the headlines back in 2012 when he refused an offer of $50,000 for the dog prior to racing only to see him injured in a kennel mishap early in his racing career.
On course to watch Blazing Moment make his racing debut was local greyhound identity Alfons Couldrey, recently back in town after an around-Australia trip.
Couldrey had actually purchased the dog as a pup and left it with Price at Compton to be reared. However, the big, boisterous youngster proved to be something of a handful and as a result was returned to his owner in Mount Gambier.
But the pup was no less a handful for Couldrey who reluctantly was forced to relinquish ownership and hand him back to Price who refunded the purchase price.
Being a November 2014 whelping, Blazing Moment is eligible for Friday’s Winter Classic heats (512 m) although Price said he was doubtful that he would head down that path.
“To be honest I’m not really keen to run him in the classic as he’s had limited field experience and is yet to be tried over 512 metres.”
This year’s running of the Winter Classic will be the third with Price successful in 2014 with Stylish Moment and last year with Cee Me Burst.
Blazing Moment’s win rounded off a successful three days for the leading trainer after Lyon Rose had won at Strathalbyn on Friday and Skatey Perry was successful at the nice odds of $27 at Warrnambool on Saturday.
And he’ll hit the highway again on Wednesday when he heads to Angle Park with a strong team – Fear The Rascal (box eight), Skatey Perry (box one), Lyon Rose, Real Moment and Grimsby Girl.
NIFTY LANDS FIRST DOUBLE
Woolsthorpe owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan landed his first double at Tara Raceway when litter sisters Herbilly and Rising Girl were successful in consecutive races.
In fact, Lenehan wasn’t all that sure whether he’d ever previously trained a double, although he did have very hazy recollections of one at Horsham some years ago.
Herbilly, which lined up from box one in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) maiden final, looked the one to beat after an unlucky second in a heat the previous week.
And that’s the way the race panned out with the sizeable 31 kilogram bitch rounding up leader Raz’s Girl off the back before finishing strongly to score by 5¼ lengths in a smart 23.29 seconds.
Rising Girl, which was unplaced when well-fancied at last week’s meeting, made amends on Sunday in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) when leading all the way for a comfortable 2¼ length win over Spinach in 23.31 seconds.
Bred by Lenehan, the sisters are by Kinloch Brae out of Obama’s Girl, a winner of two 600 metre races at The Meadows and one over 550 metres at Ballarat.
And he wasn’t far off a two-state treble after litter brother King Obama gave plenty of cheek when running second in a heat of Mixed 6/7 (515 m) at Sandown Park on Sunday afternoon.
King Obama created a big impression at Tara Raceway back in May when he won a maiden (512 m) on debut in a quick 30.10 seconds.
Also landing a double with littermates was Peter Franklin, of Moyston, after Mojito Mayhem and Future Past both scored emphatic best of day victories.
Only fairly away from box two in the Klaassens Contractors Free For All (512 m), Mojito Mayhem pushed through on the first turn to take up the running and then hold out perennial second placegetter Old Jock (five in a row) to win by 2½ lengths in a brilliant 29.74 seconds.
By Fear Zafonic out of Graceful Amy, Mojito Mayhem has now won 13 races over the 512 metre journey at Tara Raceway from 22 starts. Among the wins are a Mount Gambier Cup and two Anniversary Cups.
Future Past broke a long run of outs when successful in the ClassicBet Free For All (400 m).
Out of the winner’s list since late January, the black dog quickly found the front from box six and looked anything but an $11 chance when racing away to a five length win in 22.93 seconds – a time rarely run at Tara Raceway.
Franklin said Future Past would now return on Friday for heats of the Produce Store Feature Grade Five over 512 metres.
CHANGE OF TRACK DOES THE TRICK
Warracknabeal trainer Ian Bibby’s decision to change track and distance with Yucatan paid off when the black dog scored a narrow win in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 m).
According to Bibby, Yucatan had been having trouble negotiating the turns on one-bend tracks in Victoria so he decided to try the black dog on Tara Raceway’s two-bend track.
Away well from box six, Yucatan still allowed race favourite Saint Fox plenty of room to rail through on the first turn to take the lead but negotiated the final bend pretty well before finishing strongly to win by a half length in 30.33 seconds.
“He still moved out on the bends but I thought he handled the two-turn track reasonably well,” a delighted Bibby said after winning his first race locally since Crymelon Talon in a heat of the 2013 Mount Gambier Cup.
Yucatan is by Kynan’s Express out of Crymelon Miss – the first winner six years ago at Bendigo for Bibby who is now the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club president.
Crymelon Miss has since whelped to Bekim Bale and Cape Hawke.