Monday, March 12, 2018
It didn’t take Murray Bridge owner-trainer Greg Board long to spring into action at Tara Raceway on Friday when the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s cup carnival kicked off.
Racing at the track for the first time, Board looked to hold a strong hand in the two Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 metres) heats, Spring Spinner and Spring Rebel duly running the quinella in heat one.
But it was kennelmate Spring Bridge, a 32 kilogram black dog, whelped in June 2016, who really drew attention to himself after turning in a big effort to win the second heat at his first race start.
Only fairly away from box four, Spring Bridge found trouble soon after the start and again on the first turn. However, once finding the rails in the back straight he quickly worked through to take the lead, eventually running out an eight length winner in 30.02 seconds – marginally quicker than Spring Spinner.
By My Bro Fabio, Spring Bridge is out of Tina Lee, a bitch by Brett Lee x Daydream that was offered to Board after having won only four races.
“She was certainly nothing special,” he said. “She won a couple of races in Victoria and finished up winning another couple in Rockhampton before being retired.
“But I liked her breeding, Daydream being a line that throws fast dogs, her progeny having won more than 200 races. And Tina Lee’s litter brother Hay Fergus, who is now at stud, smashed Barcia Bale’s Bulli track record at his first public appearance.”
He said he believed Spring Bridge to be an exciting prospect and had the potential to “develop into anything”.
Board, who has been based at Murray Bridge for the past nine months after relocating from NSW, describes himself as hands-on – breeding, rearing, breaking-in and training his own greyhounds.
Spring Spinner, who led all the way to win Friday’s first heat of the Produce Store Feature Maiden, is by Board’s former top chaser, and now successful sire Spring Gun, out of Compa Allen, a bitch he purchased from leading NSW breeder Paul Wheeler for the purpose of breeding.
Spring Rebel, who chased Spring Spinner for the majority of the journey, eventually running a 3¾ length second in 30.03 seconds, is by Kinloch Brae x Country Rebel.
“This is Country Rebel’s third litter with her first to Spring Gun producing a couple of handy types. I think Spring Rebel will develop into a nice dog later on,” Board said.
And he’ll now be hoping for further feature maiden success this Sunday with his trio after Spring Wine (a litter sister to Spring Rebel) was successful in the Gawler Golden Maiden (531 m) at the end of last year.