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Stella sizzles in near-record maiden win

Monday, July 16, 2018

After a recent Tara Raceway satisfactory 400 metre trial of 23.15 seconds, Wise Stella was always going to be mighty hard to beat in last Friday’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake – especially after drawing box one.

However, there was a something of a query surrounding her after she had fallen foul of stewards at Sandown Park back in November before eventually finding her way over to Tracie Price’s Compton kennels.

Tracie Price with Wise Stella after her near-record 400 metre maiden win at Tara Raceway last Friday.

Price was hoping the finish-on-lure at Tara Raceway would help to turn her fortunes around, although, as much as he would have loved to have run Wise Stella in Sunday’s John Reid Memorial heats, he erred on the side of caution and opted for the time-graded meeting.

In the end, it turned out to be pretty tough for her time-graded opposition, the black bitch running out a 12¼ length winner in 22.89 seconds, only a length outside Cryer’s Ricky’s February 2016 track record of 22.78 seconds.

Wise Stella is now the fastest maiden winner at the track, lowering Faster Bolt’s 22.98 seconds run in October 2017.

By Barcia Bale, Wise Stella is out of the top producer Wise Penny with the Brona Lane Racing Syndicate’s ride of a lifetime going back more than eight years ago to when a group of WA country guys got together with the intention of racing a greyhound.

Syndicate manager Justin Wright, of Lake Grace, takes up the story:

“I’d had greyhounds before but the other six syndicate members – from Lake Grace, Narrogin, Darkan, Collie and Wagin – were all newcomers to the sport.

Group 1 winner Cosmic Wise, a half-sister to Wise Stella.

“It was in late 2009 that we purchased a two-year-old bitch by Bombastic Shiraz out of Awesome Berger called Wise Penny from NSW after she had won a maiden at Gosford  over 515 metres.

“We then brought her over to WA where she won eight races, all at Cannington over 530 metres and 642 metres.

“In September 2011 Wise Penny whelped to Cosmic Chief with Group 1 Rookie Rebel winner Cosmic Wise being the star performer, racing 100 times for 26 wins and earning more than $230,000 in stakemoney. It was then that the boys started asking the question: ‘How long has this game been going on?’

“Two years later another litter followed, this time by Dyna Tron, all eight racing and winning. Wise Penny in February 2016 then whelped a third litter which, besides Wise Stella, also includes Wise Ricciardo, a winner of five races at Sandown Park, Horsham and Geelong for stakemoney in excess of $21,000.

“Every pup – and there’s been 21 of them – from Wise Penny’s litters has reached the track with Wise Stella’s win on Friday now leaving only one pup from the last litter yet to win.

“I have to say her win at Tara Raceway was a terrific thrill for us after her disappointing start to racing. Hopefully she can now go on to bigger and better things for Tracie.”

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