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Sinking the slipper in at Tara Raceway
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
With a race record of four minor placings from only seven race starts, Slipper’s Tonic, a daughter of Bond and 13-race winner Slipper’s Gin, never really set the track alight.
But McLaren Vale greyhound breeder Barry Jones, a long-time participant in the sport, must have seen something he liked when mating her with Lochinvar Marlow.
Turns out it was a smart move on Jones’ part with the resultant litter producing Ernie Bung Arrow which went on to win 21 races from 24 starts and $168,000 in stakemoney while littermate Woodnear was a 25-race winner and accumulated $72,000 in the process.
A couple of other members of the litter in Slipper’s Might and Slipper’s Will actually left one SA wine region and found themselves in another – the Coonawarra – with Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield happening to be in the right place at the right time.
“Apparently Barry had been having trouble in placing the pair down here after Slipper’s Might had won only a maiden 416 metre at Strathalbyn and Slipper’s Will was still a maiden after three runs,” Clayfield recalled this week.
“Somehow my name came up and even though we didn’t know each other at the time I was happy enough to give them a go. This was in early 2014 – two months later Slipper’s Might ran a track record at Tara Raceway.”
Slipper’s Might became the first greyhound to break the 23-second barrier for the 400 metre journey when clocking 22.93 seconds on March 28 and ended the year with nine wins at the local track.
Meanwhile, Slipper’s Will won her first two starts at Tara Raceway before going on to win another eight races for the year.
In early 2016 Clayfield renewed his acquaintance with the breed when half-brother Slipper’s Shadow (by Cosmic Rumble) made the trip down from McLaren Vale. So far he’s won nine races at Tara Raceway.
And then litter sister Slipper’s Chance, a winner of four in a row over short courses at Angle Park and Strathalbyn earlier this year, joined Clayfield’s kennels in late September, making her debut last Sunday from box one in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).
The black bitch hadn’t won in three months although her new trainer, speaking prior to the race, had been confident of a forward showing.
“She trialled over 512 metres here the other morning and while her overall time was nothing flash her first two splits were more than quick enough to suggest a forward showing over 400 metres,” he said.
An odds-on favourite, Slipper’s Chance led clearly early but allowed Snap Hook to range up and challenge when running out on the home turn before digging deep in the final stages of the race to score by a neck in 23.44 seconds.
There’s now a fair chance that Clayfield will continue to “sink the slipper in” at Tara Raceway for a while yet with Slipper’s Tonic whelping a further two litters in 2015 – to Lochinvar Marlow and Swift Fancy.
WELL-BRED YOUNGSTERS TO DEBUT
Apsley trainer Tom Cryer will debut three more of his January 2015 Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget youngsters at Friday’s 12-race Tara Raceway meeting.
Cryer’s Plugger and Cryer’s Bob will jump from boxes one and four respectively in the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (512 m) while Cryer’s Sid has drawn box four in the second race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).
The trio’s first day at the races will follow on from their litter brother Cryer’s Jed which won on debut over 400 metres at last Sunday’s meeting.
Having his first run in a full field, the brindle dog quickly worked into second spot behind tearaway leader Star Eagle before finishing too strongly in the run home to win by 3¾ lengths in 23.66 seconds.
Another interesting runner in race two is the Brian Weis owned and trained Baurna Sal, a February 2015 daughter of Spring Gun and Baurna Molly.
The fawn bitch, which has drawn box eight, is a half-sister to the classy chasers Cairnlea Lewis and Cairnlea Deano.
Koroit trainer Peter Byrne, successful last Sunday with Arabella Figg, returns with the Mark McIntosh-owned first starter Moochie Moo which has drawn box one in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m).
By El Grand Senor out of NSW city-winning stayer Little Grey, Moochie Moo is from the same litter as El Magnifico, a winner of 10 races from 23 starts, and six-race winner Super Senor.
Also making his debut in this race is the Tracie Price trained Banjo Moment which will jump from box five. By Banjo Boy x Solved Moment, the 17-month-old youngster is a half-brother to Price’s prolific short course winner Marlow Moment.
Race four, the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (400 m), will make up the three heats with the final to be run at Sunday week’s meeting along with finals of a grade six 512 metre and Pathway 400 metre.