Wednesday, August 24, 2016
As far as maiden wins are concerned they don’t come much more impressive than that of Cee Righty’s in last Sunday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.
The fawn dog was in front from box six by the time the field hit the first turn and from then he simply kept extending the lead, eventually winning by 10½ lengths in 30.64 seconds on a rain-affected track.
Only Lektra Peck and Roarsome ran quicker on the day.
Bred, owned and trained at Portland by Andy Graham, Cee Righty is an October 2014 son of Cosmic Chief and Victorian city-winning bitch Cee Anna Rose which raced on only 18 occasions.
Graham also bred Cee Anna Rose (by Bombastic Shiraz) and regards her as the best of his prolific producer Senni Wendy’s stock.
Cee Righty will now line up at Tara Raceway on Friday from box eight in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) which is the second heat of a grade six series.
And Graham is likely to have more idea of where he’s at with his promising pup after the running of what is a pretty fair lower-grade race.
Jumping alongside him will be the Monty Wilson trained Kylan Brae which has little early pace but does finish strongly as demonstrated at Tara Raceway’s August 12 meeting when he came from a long way back to run down Cee Righty in 30.56 seconds – a 512 metre time that held up well on the day.
A son of Kinloch Brae x Sionara Milly, Kylan Brae, whilst unable to overcome the “first run out of a maiden hoodoo” when finishing fifth last Sunday behind Lektra Peck, should be better for the experience.
Cee Righty will run into that same “hoodoo” on Friday but if he can once again find the front then he should be very hard to run down.
Adding further interest to the heat will be the Nicole Stanley trained Hay Miss which has drawn box one and comes into race on the back of some solid form in the Winter Classic.
By Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse, Hay Miss ran down Lektra Munster in a heat of the classic before working home well to finish a 1½ length second to the same greyhound in last Sunday’s final.
Local owners Kerry Hawker and Michael Robinson, who picked up Gentle Moment after a handful of starts for $500, will be hoping the son of Spring Gun and Suzy’s Moment can bring up his third win when he jumps from box four in the South Eastern Hotel Stake which is the first heat of the grade six series.
Trained at Glencoe by Dean Fennell, Gentle Moment was successful shortly after being purchased but an accident which necessitated the removal of part of his tail then kept him off the scene for six weeks.
The black dog has obviously taken no harm from the ordeal, since winning again. And while he’s yet to win over 512 metres, three recent minor placings would suggest he’s not far away.
One of the hardest to beat looks to be the Tracie Price trained Port Side which chased Lektra Peck home at last Sunday’s meeting.
VETERAN TO GIVE A BIT OF CHEEK
The veterans are back at Tara Raceway on Friday for the Gambier Vets Masters Stake (400 m).
Designed to keep racing greyhounds in the system longer, Masters are non-penalty grade five 400 metre events for dogs 3½ years and upwards with preference given to older dogs.
Friday’s race includes several in the minimum age bracket including the Barry Shepheard trained Galactic Viper which has drawn box eight and looks well placed in an event of this type.
A winner of $40,000, Galactic Viper is, however, yet to win at eight starts at the track and distance.
Punters invariably have found the Connie Miller trained Bourne Cheeky hard to catch in her 61 start career which has included nine wins – eight over 400 metres – but she does look well drawn in box one.
The November 2012 daughter of Spring Gun x Nicky’s Moment also should appreciate a drop in overall class after having run into Fear The Rascal and Future Past at her past two starts.
Black Barron Lad, trained at Bushfield by Gary Lane, is Friday’s oldest runner at 5½ years.
It’s been almost two years since the black dog last won but he was placed after showing early pace in the June Masters race and wasn’t beaten all that far at his last start at Warrnambool earlier this month.
As an aside, one of the oldest greyhounds going around at the moment is Victorian chaser Soldier Spy which was whelped in November 2010.
The son of Trewly Special and Ice Dancer has been kept in the system mainly by veterans’ races up the straight at Healesville where his past 29 starts there have resulted in 17 wins.