Thursday, July 19, 2018
Zoe and Trent Blacker, of Ballarat, are back at Tara Raceway on Sunday for the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) with Aeroplane Mo, recent winner of the Koroit 600.
Aeroplane Mo, a son of Collision x Ritza Night, is just one of a strong line-up that will contest the fifth running of the memorial – previous winners being Zipping Basil, Harry Aztec, Supreme Deal and Two Jobs.
The Trent Blacker trained dog turned in a strong effort when clocking 35.40 seconds to defeat Good Yarn by 5¼ lengths in the Koroit 600 prior to being beaten by 4¾ lengths over 595 metres at Sandown Park last Sunday.
Nicole Stanley’s Hit The Runway also defeated Good Yarn by 5¼ lengths in last week’s Mixed Stake (600 m) while Apsley trainer Tom Cryer will be hoping Cryer’s Plugger can recapture the form that saw him win two 600 metre races at Angle Park in May.
The well-bred Cookie Yap (Flying Penske x Goddess Mist) will be having his first start at Tara Raceway for Horsham trainer Jeff Guy although the distance shouldn’t be any problem after a 699 metre win at Cranbourne last month.
Eric Lewis, a devotee of distance racing, was elected to the inaugural committee of the South East Greyhound Racing Club at a public meeting in the Mount Gambier City Hall on September 14, 1972 and between 1973 and 1975 served as president of the club.
One of Lewis’s best greyhounds was Kori Arc (Venetian Court x Baratina), a winner of 12 races, nine of these in Melbourne, including a brilliant 43.89 seconds at Olympic Park. Lewis later stood Kori Arc at stud in Mount Gambier at a fee of $100.