Thursday, January 12, 2017
While Tracie Price, of Compton, scored a comfortable win in the 2016 Mount Gambier Leading Trainer award, it was also a good year for several other trainers who finished in the top 10.
In what was another outstanding year, Price led in 78 winners which included seven doubles, 10 trebles and two bags of four winners – Real Moment his star performer with 11 wins prior to being retired in October.
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, off to a flying start at Tara Raceway in 2017 with six wins after only two meetings, was runner-up to Price after a best-ever year saw her lead in 66 winners with Old Jock contributing 10 of those and picking up the 2016 Greyhound of the Year.
Dean Fennell, of Glencoe, involved at the Lake Terrace East track since its opening back in 1997, also enjoyed his best year with 28 winners, as did Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield – whose involvement goes back even further.
Clayfield’s 31 winners included 13 by Glenville Jester, the track’s most successful dog during 2016 from a win point of view.
SA-BRED RACES FOR TARA RACEWAY
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club has programmed grade five SA-bred races over 400 metres and 512 metres for its Sunday, February 19 meeting.
SA-bred grade six greyhounds will also be eligible for these events but will have to be specifically nominated.
Greyhound Racing SA promotes SA-bred greyhounds through the running of restricted races, bonus payments for winners of all races and last year announced the introduction of a re-vamped SA-bred bonus for maiden winners.
Currently, SA maiden winners receive a $175 bonus but commencing from July 1, 2017 GRSA is looking to increase this bonus to $1000 ($500 breeder, $500 owner).
SA-bred greyhounds generally make up something like 25 per cent of the fields at Tara Raceway’s weekly meetings.
BOOST FOR CUP CONSOLATION
In a break from tradition, there will be only one consolation conducted this year for runners failing to reach the final of the $10,000 ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres), heats of which will be run on Sunday, February 26.
However, the consolation will carry $2000 prizemoney and is sure to attract a pretty fair line-up of unlucky runners from the heats.
Complementing the cup will be the $2000 Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m), the $2000 Blue Lake Grade 5 (600 m) and the $1500 Formula 400 Open (400 m), heats of which will be run on Friday, February 24.
All cup runners will be auctioned at the traditional Calcutta, to be held at Tara Raceway on Saturday, February 25, commencing at 6.30 p.m. with a schnitzel or fish meal.
Kevin “KD” Douglas will ensure the night runs smoothly while entertainment will be provided by Bernie Rogers.