Training honours went the way of leading Tara Raceway trainer Tracie Price at yesterday’s meeting when Slashing Sunny, Tandiki and Rocketline took his number of local wins this year to 37.
And while the Compton-based trainer has enjoyed bigger days at the race track, he would have derived plenty of satisfaction from the meeting after the win of Tandiki in the Progreyhoundtips.com grade five final over 512 metres.
Away well from box one, the white and black daughter of Peter Rocket and Headline couldn’t match the early pace of Aston Model and Rough Pearl and settled a distant third down the back straight.
But turning for home she had the leaders in her sights before unleashing her customary strong finish which resulted in a three-quarters of a length win over Rough Pearl in 30.19 seconds.
The win was Tandiki’s first this year at what was only her fifth run after three months on the sidelines. Not the first time she’d been laid up for a lengthy period, as Price was quick to point out.
“She’s certainly had her share of setbacks and Michael and Willie (local owners Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen) have been very patient. I’m hoping now for an injury-free run and if that’s the case I’ll be looking at Murray Bridge and the 680 metres distance with her.”
Rocketline, Tandiki’s brother and raced in the same interests, quickly rounded up the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (400 m) field, running out a two lengths winner over former WA chaser Sunset Firefly in 23.11 seconds.
Price’s treble kicked off in the Gordon Refrigeration Maiden Stake (400 m) when first starter Slashing Sunny displayed plenty of early pace and despite using plenty of the track finished too strongly for Stylish Tyrone when winning by a half length in 23.48 seconds.
The winner is by Cosmic Rumble out of Wentworth Park and The Meadows winner Wilma Bale, also the dam of Charming Charlie (by Dyna Double One) who won four races at Tara Raceway last year for Price.
Meanwhile, Sianna Magic, the dog that was sacked at breaking-in and found her way to Monty Wilson’s Mumbannar kennels, has taken the lead in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
This follows the all the way two lengths win over Arriba Arriba in 23.17 seconds by the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Smooth Momentum in yesterday’s Bourne Kennels Stake (400 m).
Sianna Magic has now raced on 12 occasions, all this year and all at Tara Raceway, for six wins and six second placings which gives her 36 points and a two point lead over Another Pick who picked up a point yesterday when running third in the race won by Nitro Yap in a best of day 22.78 seconds.
Another Pick, owned and trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott who won the 2019 GOTY with Black Spring, has accumulated six wins, four seconds and two thirds from 16 starts at the track this year.
And Grand Giveaway, better known at Tara Raceway’s Thursday meetings, surprised in yesterday’s Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) for Mortlake couple Rachel and Shaun Baulch when leading all the way to defeat Golden Lester by half a length in 23.40 seconds.
A giveaway greyhound by El Grand Senor out of Bel Air Mist, she’s raced on 17 occasions this year at the local track for five wins, three seconds and four thirds and sits in fifth spot on the GOTY list with 30 points.