Thursday, May 18, 2017
Local trainer Tracie Price is still wondering where that 29.83 seconds run of Shannah’s Might – or Slim as he is known as around the Compton kennels – came from last Sunday at Tara Raceway.
Not that he’s complaining about the best of day time that actually ended up being the black dog’s fastest since his maiden win two years ago.
Even though the 35 kilogram son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star had won only a grade five 512 metre event in something like four months his starting price of $26 in Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Free For All (512 m) was probably still a little over the odds.
A fair bit over the odds as it turned out. By the time Slim had taken the lead down the back straight he was on his way to victory and starting to look like the Shannah’s Might of old.
Sunday’s success took his record to 14 wins and 18 minor placings from 53 starts for prizemoney just short of $14,000. It’s a record, though, that could have been so much better.
Back in May 2015, at only his second race start, the two-year-old Shannah’s Might ran one of the fastest maiden times recorded at Tara Raceway when winning by 11 lengths in 29.77 seconds.
But several months later he suffered what looked to be a career-ending injury after a three-race winning streak at Angle Park.
“It was a real blow,” Price recalled this week. “At the time he’d won eight races and had the potential to be anything before a cracked hock resulted in him being off the scene for six months.
“For sure, it’s been a battle because later we ran into tendon problems with him, hence the bandages he now wears when racing. And although he’d won a further five races after returning from the long break, Sunday’s run really came from nowhere and was his best effort in a long time.”
He is now engaged in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Open Stake (512 m) with his trainer not writing off another trip to Angle Park if the form holds up.
Shannah’s Might is owned locally by Don Nunn who also bred the litter which has now won 48 races. A second litter, by Fabregas, is currently being broken-in.
Price’s outstanding run with his own breed continued in the last race when Dimora Bekim (Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment) won the ClassicBet Stake (400 m) for the Bouchier brothers while a couple of nights later litter brother Blazing Moment returned from a spell to win at Mandurah in WA for the Moment Syndicate and trainer Krystal Shinners.
Interestingly, Lucy’s Moment recently whelped a litter of six to the beautifully bred Master Havoc (Head Honcho x Wee Sal) after Price was able to obtain a straw for the 23-race winner who last raced 17 years ago.
There’s also much anticipation out at Compton at the moment as former top bitch Who’s Doing What’s first youngsters – by Fabregas – are now at breaking-in stage.
Who’s Doing What, a winner of 16 races, also has a second litter – by Knocka Norris – which was whelped in September 2016.
And Price reports another interesting pick-up from a brood bitch point of view in the form of Headline, formerly trained by Keith Hellmuth of Peter Rocket fame.
By Barcia Bale x Raya Riot, Headline won 16 races, including middle-distance events at The Meadows and Sandown Park, for more than $50,000 in prizemoney.
“What I like about her is the pedigree,” Price said. “On the dam’s side she traces back through Holly’s Gem and Intangible Gem to Emma’s Gem, a daughter of Tangairn and the legendary Hall Of Fame bitch Sydney Gem.”