Monday, September 11, 2017
Long-time local greyhound trainer Ralph Patzel was hoping he had solved the problem with a little black bitch by Nolen out of Solved Moment.
This is the dog – now called Problem Solved – that not all that long ago, after returning from breaking-in, had been reluctant to chase the lure on Tara Raceway trial mornings.
It’s fair to say that Patzel, who doesn’t miss too many trial mornings, knew exactly what he was letting himself in for when accepting the young reluctant chaser as a giveaway.
But with the benefit of the Tara Raceway slipping track Patzel was able to turn her race track manners around and then satisfy himself, after Problem Solved trialled to his satisfaction that she was ready to nominate for her first race.
A half-sister to former smart short-course specialist Marlow Moment, Problem Solved drew box five in Tara Raceway’s opening race on Sunday – the South Eastern Hotel Maiden Stake (400 metres).
And in what was an impressive debut, she went straight to the front, eventually running out an 8½ length winner over Too Far Out in 23.62, giving Patzel his eleventh winner at the local track this year.
Later in the day, in what has been a real turnaround, Black Fields made it three wins from three starts at Tara Raceway for father and son team Tracie and Ben Price of Compton when taking out the Gordon Refrigeration Feature Grade Five final (512 m).
Drawn awkwardly in box six, the son of Black Magic Opal x Misty Fields took over the running from Shore’s Last going into the back straight before holding off kennelmate Shannah’s Might to win by 2¾ lengths with Shore’s Last a further three-quarters of a length back in third place in a best of day 30.08 seconds.
Tracie Price is Black Fields’ fourth trainer, securing the black and white dog in late July for his son as a giveaway after the then four-race winner looked a winning chance before digressing in the home straight in a 450 metre event at Warrnambool.
Black Fields was the middle leg of a treble for Price, Bekim Lucy’s winning the final heat of the first round of the Metal Worx Iron Dog over 600 metres and Baz’s Moment successful in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (400 m).
Baz’s Moment, from the successful Swift Fancy x Which Class litter, made a real mess of a pretty fair field, winning by 6¾ lengths in a best of day 23.07 seconds and taking the lead from Fiorelli Rose in the Greyhound of the Year award.