Monday, July 24, 2017
Leading trainer Nicole Stanley celebrated Mount Gambier’s 38 years of greyhound racing in style when Fiorelli Rose turned in a dashing performance to win the Anniversary Cup (512 metres) final at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Stanley, who is based in Portland, was well represented in the Anniversary Cup, first run in 1985, with Old Jock and Stylish Pursuit further boosting her chances in the cup which had eluded her until Sunday afternoon.
In fact, she had not had an Anniversary Cup finalist in the past five years but looked well placed to make her presence this year after the kennelmates had qualified when all running second in the previous Sunday’s heats.
Fiorelli Rose, who last won early in June when defeating Zuma Creek, didn’t appear to be favoured by box five but the black bitch, who was well in the market at $4.60, displayed plenty of early pace and led all the way to win in 30.12 seconds – an Anniversary Cup winning time bettered only by Mojito Mayhem (2015: 29.99 seconds) and Amadeus Strikes (2014: 30.10 seconds).
It was a case of three of the major players in the race quickly clearing out from the remainder of the field, Bea Bryant’s Colden Girl giving plenty of cheek when running a 1¼ length second and Jeff Guy’s Brazen Blue a further three-quarters of a length back in third spot.
A March 2014 daughter of Premier Fantasy x Tarks Jewel, Fiorelli Rose is owned in Victoria by Sue Smith and Angela Langton who trained Tarks Jewel in her nine wins which included middle-distance success at Sandown Park and The Meadows.
The association with Smith and Langton, which goes back a number of years, has resulted in plenty of winners at Tara Raceway for Stanley who rates Fiorelli Rose – a winner of 10 races at the track – as one of the better ones.
“She came to me a bit over 12 months ago after winning two races at Sandown Park,” Stanley said. “Originally, she was only going to be with me for four weeks while she had a few runs behind the finish-on-lure at Tara Raceway. She’s still here, though, and I’m certainly not complaining.”
Sunday’s win was Fiorelli Rose’s fifth this year and together with five seconds and four thirds for a total of 34 points she continues to climb up the Greyhound of the Year leader board – currently now sitting only five points behind Stylish Pursuit.
Speaking after the win, Stanley said Fiorelli Rose would continue to do most of her racing at Tara Raceway with the SA Country Cup one race she would be looking at.
The Mount Gambier heats will be run in late September-early October with the final at Angle Park on Adelaide Cup night (October 13).
Stanley was successful in last year’s SA Country Cup, which was run at Strathalbyn, with Berry Bling.
LITTER BROTHERS QUINELLA REID MEMORIAL
Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield looked to hold a strong hand in Sunday’s John Reid Memorial (512 m) after four of his runners qualified for the maiden final.
And that’s how the race panned out with Solitary Lad, a solidly-backed $2.50 favourite, leading all the way to defeat litter brother and kennelmate Lone Star by 4¼ lengths with a further 1¾ lengths back to a luckless Gateway To Eden in 30.31 seconds.
By Lonesome Cry x Up And Away, the winner and runner-up are owned at Yambuk by Ann Sinnott whose husband Tom bred the November 2015 litter.
Clayfield and Sinnott’s involvement goes back several years to a bitch called Time And Tide who won a couple of races at Tara Raceway before Clayfield bred with her, two of her pups – Glenville Phil and Glenville Silver – also contesting Sunday’s final.
Lone Star came over to the Clayfield kennels in early June and then a month later Tom Sinnott said he had a litter brother called Solitary Lad that he could train.
“Tom reckoned Solitary Lad would be the best dog that he had sent to me which sounded pretty good considering he’d previously sent over his half-brother Upset Boy who broke 30 seconds at Tara Raceway and also won over 600 metres,” Clayfield said.
For the long-time trainer, Solitary Lad was his first memorial win, Glenville Jester being his last finalist back in 2015 in the race won by My Pal Houston.
Clayfield is now looking at next month’s Destini Fireball Winter Classic, a 512 metre series for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015, with his Reid Memorial winner and runner-up and also with members of the Dyna Tron x Time And Tide litter who were whelped in September 2015.
And third placegetter in the memorial, the big blue Gateway To Eden, is also a likely contender as he is a September 2015 whelping.
Once again, the Reid family got right behind the memorial – now in its 13th year – confirming that the John Reid Memorial would continue to be an integral part of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s Anniversary meeting.