Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Nicole Stanley came close in her bid to become the first trainer to land 100 winners at Tara Raceway in a season but last Sunday ended with 99.
The Portland-based Stanley doesn’t have a runner until race six, the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m), at Tara Raceway’s Friday meeting, however she looks a strong chance of bringing up her century in the middle-distance event with Shiney Bling, Stylish Pursuit and Hay Miss all looking well placed in the grade 5/6 mixed stake.
Not only would a win by Stylish Pursuit give Stanley her 100 winners but would also keep the daughter of Mogambo x Butterfly Bling in rough contention for Greyhound of the Year honours.
Shiney Bling, who finished well for second behind Xtreme Carnage at Horsham last Saturday, is yet to race over 600 metres although she gives the impression that the extra distance will be no problem. Interestingly, her dam, Lollipop Bling, is a litter sister to Butterfly Bling.
Friday’s meeting comprises 11 time-graded races which generally makes things a bit tougher although a couple of box one runners in David Peckham’s Raz’s Girl (Gordon Refrigeration Stake) and Robert Halliday’s Homer (winningformula.net.au Stake) look to be sound chances on the 12-race card.