Tuesday, June 11, 2019
By the time the Portland team of Nicole Stanley and Nifty Lenehan had finished with Sunday afternoon’s race meeting there hadn’t been much left for the remainder of the training ranks at Tara Raceway.
The 10-race program, cut back to nine after race seven was declared a no-race, saw the pair dominate Mount Gambier’s main greyhound meeting of the week with Stanley training five winners.
And Lenehan added to the tally with his striking-looking fawn dog Polar Missile impressing with a 29.96 seconds win in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 metres).
Back at the track but on light duties after a recent hip operation, Stanley was successful with Bad Driver, Dyna Quota, Wanchai Express, Bereluke and Zambora Club.
This was her second bag of five winners after Evening In Paris, Travel Ticket, Stylish Pursuit, Fiorelli Rose and Old Jock had been successful at Tara Raceway’s 2017 season opener.
Bad Driver, a son of SH Avatar, the highest stakemoney winner in US history, and the well-bred Zipping Rose, led all the way in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m) to defeat Flash Jackie by 3¾ lengths in a more than handy 23.14 seconds.
Advertised on Facebook, Bad Driver, who found his way down to Portland for the cost of the freight from NSW, has now raced on four occasions for wins at Warrnambool and Mount Gambier with Stanley also winning locally with litter brother Night Owl.
“Apparently he wasn’t chasing but I’d previously had the same problem with Night Owl who, once the penny dropped, had won his 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway in 30.16 seconds,” Stanley said.
“Bad Driver turned out to be much the same, also taking a while to catch on to the caper before his Warrnambool win and then his impressive effort at last Sunday’s meeting.”
The litter also includes the NSW-based King Cratos, a winner of eight races from 16 starts for stakemoney close to $39,000. Last month the black dog ran third in the final of the Group 2 Queensland Derby behind the SA-owned Sennachie.
Dyna Quota staged a big effort to win the first heat of the Winning Post Supplies Iron Dog (732 m), first chasing Cryer’s Bob and then finishing over the top of Black Spring for a 1¼ length win in 43.50 seconds – both greyhounds running times bettered only by Nellie Noodles, the track record holder at 43.45 seconds.
And Wanchai Express continued his recent outstanding form at Tara Raceway when bringing up his third successive win in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Open Stake (512 m).
A 2019 Mount Gambier Cup finalist and with a 29.46 seconds personal best at the track, Wanchai Express chased Hutch until off the back where he railed through to take the lead, eventually going on to record a three length win over Dyna Naitch in a best of day 29.74 seconds.
Owned in Adelaide by Les Stewart, the son of Bit Chili and Aunty Chopper will be set for next month’s Anniversary Cup, Stanley looking for her third consecutive cup after wins with Fiorelli Rose and Ben Nevis.
Bereluke, an unplaced finalist in last year’s Anniversary Cup, won her first race at Tara Raceway since last August when leading all the way in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 m) in what was a dominant display, the black bitch too good for Pure Profit in 30.00 seconds.
Stanley and Lenehan wrapped up their big day with a win in the final race, The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m), Zambora Club, after an ordinary start from box five, barging through the pack to take the lead off the back and hold out Renmore by 1¼ lengths in a best of day 23.07 seconds.
Owned in NSW by Charlie Azzopardi, the boisterous son of Banjo Boy x Bella Mel found his way to Portland via Adelaide, coincidentally winning his fourth race at Tara Raceway on the same day that his litter sister My Girl Court opened her winning account in the Fairthorne Forestry Maiden Stake (400 m).
Raced by Damien Smith, My Girl Court, a strong winner over Buckeye in 23.55 seconds, is trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield who joined Peter Fulton and David Peckham as the only other winning trainers on the day.
Purchased as a pup by NSW owner John Clout, My Girl Court broke in with a good report but in the end it was bad box manners that prompted him to advertise the white and black bitch as a give away.