Monday, November 27, 2017
A smart win in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (512 metres) on Sunday afternoon has Glenroy greyhound Solitary Lad looking well-placed to land a third feature race success at Tara Raceway this year.
A $3.10 favourite, Solitary Lad crossed the field from box eight, missing the first turn interference as he charged away to a commanding lead before running out a four length winner over Lektra Fire in 30.18 seconds.
The winner, a two-year-old son of Lonesome Cry x Up And Away, is owned at Yambuk by Ann Sinnott and trained by Richard Clayfield who said that the brindle dog would now be set for the forthcoming Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m).
“His 16 race starts have all been at Tara Raceway so at some stage soon I’d like to try him on another track but with the Christmas Cup heats coming up on December 10 I think we’ll concentrate on that first,” Clayfield said.
The long-time trainer will be chasing back-to-back Christmas Cups after Glenville Jester defeated Old Jock and Abbey’s Hand in last year’s cup in a time of 30.05 seconds.
Tara Raceway’s most successful greyhound in 2016 with 13 wins, Glenville Jester’s effort was full of merit as the final also included Galactic Viper, Mojito Mayhem and Blitz And Bolt with the winning time second only to 2014 winner Who’s Doing What’s 29.77 seconds.
Solitary Lad, who didn’t commence racing until early July, has already won the John Reid Memorial (512 m) and the Destini Fireball Winter Classic (512 m) feature events this year.
Sunday’s success followed on from the previous meeting a week prior when litter brother Lone Star, raced in the same interests , won the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m).