Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley continued on her winning way at Tara Raceway last Sunday with Hay Miss scoring a surprise win in the Laser Electrical Feature Grade Five (512 metres) and Stylish Pursuit successful in a best of day 30.18 seconds in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m).
Hay Miss, who “scraped” into the final on the strength of a fourth placing in a heat the previous week behind Colden Girl, went straight to the front from box seven in Sunday’s $2100 final, eventually holding out Flying Flutter to win by a head in 30.53 seconds.
For Hay Miss, a daughter of Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse, the win – at the nice odds of $20 – was her second feature at Tara Raceway after success in the John Reid Memorial last year prior to running second to Lektra Munster in the Winter Classic.
Stylish Pursuit, a litter sister to the Tracie Price trained Flying Flutter, was an odds-on favourite from box one in what looked to be a handy grade five event.
Fresh from a third placing over 515 metres at Sandown Park the week prior, Stylish Pursuit settled in second spot behind Thanks Captain who by the middle stages of the race had opened a fair sort of break and looked some chance of winning his first race in more than three months for trainer David Peckham.
But turning for home, the daughter of Mogambo x Butterfly Bling railed through on Thanks Captain, finishing the better to win by a length, bringing up her third 512 metre win from four starts at Tara Raceway.
With Leading Trainer points compiled on a 4, 2, 1 basis, Stanley has already opened up a commanding break after only three meetings with eight wins and two thirds for a total of 34 points – a lead of 18 over second placed Peter Franklin.
Stylish Pursuit and kennelmate Old Jock will now go around in grade five events tomorrow night over 515 metres at Sandown Park from boxes four and six respectively with the races carrying $5000 in prizemoney to the winner. Nice work if you can get it.
ANOTHER WIN FOR ANOTHER ROUSE
It’s been well documented how Glencoe greyhound Another Rouse took 12 months to win his first race and how his long-suffering owner Jack Casey of Penshurst had, for some inexplicable reason, chosen that day not to attend the Tara Raceway meeting.
In fact, he nearly missed out again when the Barry Shepheard trained son of Cape Hawke x Kirkstall Jane led everywhere but on the post at the previous meeting before going down to Brinza.
That must have been enough for the popular owner who made sure he was on track last Sunday to watch Another Rouse go around in the Trackside Meats Stake for grade six greyhounds.
Handled by Amanda Darmanin, who seemed to be in the thick of things last Sunday, the big black dog once again found the front from box eight, as he had done for her 23 days previously when winning his first race.
And from then on he never really looked like being beaten, finishing two lengths clear of Dustin Drew’s pretty handy type Black Fields in 30.28 seconds, the second fastest time of the day.
Following the win, and in between the congratulatory handshakes and the like – and the rush onto the track for that long awaited photograph – Casey had been heard mentioning the Mount Gambier Cup.
“That’s the race we’ve been setting him for,” he joked. Or was he?
Anyway, Casey will get the chance to further assess Another Rouse on Friday when he once again steps up in grade to take on a smart field of grade five greyhounds from box four in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
And speaking of being in the thick of things last Sunday.
In between winning The Border Watch Stake (400 m) with Gemma Eagle, Allen Williams handled the Val and Col Sims Memorial presentation with aplomb and also flogged off the popular daily double raffle tickets in record time.
Gemma Eagle hadn’t taken anywhere near as long as Another Rouse to win what was a maiden heat – she finished down the line in the final behind Hay Miss.
But that had been back in July of last year and she hadn’t won since when lining up from box four in last Sunday’s grade six event.
On the back of a handy third behind Stout And Story at the previous meeting, the black and white bitch turned in a tidy effort to defeat Cryer’s Sid by 2¾ lengths in 23.45 seconds.
There’s certainly not much wrong with Gemma Eagle’s breeding – her sire, Glen Gallon a former superstar while her dam Keep Looking won 11 races.
In fact, Keep Looking, at the time trained by Williams, defeated Casey’s Rouse Flyer in a heat of the 2012 Mount Gambier Cup before running fifth in the final behind Rich Shiraz.
Gemma Eagle will now line up from box two in a heat of the feature grade five series (400 m) at Sunday’s meeting.