Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Portland greyhound trainer Nicole Stanley enjoyed a big day out on Sunday when Big Lebowski and Bereluke were both successful in 515 metre events at Sandown Park.
For Big Lebowski it was a case of breaking a long run of outs as he took the lead going out of the first turn before holding on in a four-way go to win by a narrow margin in 30.15 seconds.
By Spring Gun out of Ginsue Too – a winner of a couple of races at Tara Raceway when trained by David Jones and Bernie Rogers – Big Lebowski’s last win had been back in September last year at Tara Raceway.
Later in the day, Bereluke led all the way in a 200+ ranking grade five heat and will now contest the $6260-to-the-winner final this Sunday.
A winner at Tara Raceway on ANZAC Day, Bereluke has now won two straight for Stanley and owner Michael Groves, the pair previously combining to win two races in early 2017 at the local track with McRay.
In Stanley’s kennels since mid-April, the March 2016 black bitch is by Barcia Bale out of Flying Cheryl, who raced on only six occasions for three wins over 515 metres at Angle Park in 2014, her best time being 29.75 seconds.
Flying Cheryl was trained at Two Wells by Eddie Holland, who had played for Woodville in the SANFL between 1968-1977, accumulating 137 games as well as representing SA in a state game against WA.
On Monday night, local stayers Cryer’s Plugger and Bekim Lucy’s ran the quinella for Compton trainer Tracie Price in a mixed stake over 600 metres at Angle Park.
Raced by Margaret Cryer of Apsley, Cryer’s Plugger bounced back after three unplaced Angle Park runs, winning his first race outside of Mount Gambier when railing through in the home straight to hold off Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen’s fast-finishing Bekim Lucy’s in 35.66 seconds.
Price originally took over the training of Cryer’s Plugger from Tom Cryer while Tara Raceway was in recess, however in the short term, at least, the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget is likely to remain at Compton and will return to Angle Park on Monday night.
And last night, Stanley was back among the winners again when Archaeology – successful at Tara Raceway last month – led all the way to register a strong win at Horsham over 485 metres.