Two track records broken at Murray Bridge last night – Craggy Island (Ray Fewings) 21.76 sec. 395 m and Fantastic Shell (Ossie Chegia) 29.48 sec. 530 m – prompted the following SA Greyhound Tips on Twitter tweet:
I can’t remember the last time we have seen 2 track records broken in the one meeting in SA. But that’s exactly what has happened tonight. Craggy Island smashed the 395 m record earlier in race 3 now Fantastic Shell for Oswald Chegia has just broken the 530 m record going 29.48.
Well, back on Sunday, June 11, 2017, two track records fell on the same day at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway. In the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) Paraphernalia lowered his own track from 34.99 seconds to 34.97 seconds.
Three races later, Brazen Bomber gained a start as a reserve in the Produce Store Free For All (512 m) and eclipsed Thanks Tubby’s record, that had stood at 29.60 seconds for three years, to 29.55 seconds.
Adding to the record-breaking day was the fact that both greyhounds had been trained by Jeff Guy of Horsham.
Then, a week later, McIvor Verna came out in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m) and lowered the week-long middle-distance track record to 34.84 seconds when winning by 12½ lengths.
Two races later, Mojito Mayhem ran a record 29.52 seconds over 512 metres. And once again, it had been one trainer with two track record holders on the same day – this time Peter Franklin, who back then was based at Moyston.
Things have since settled down a bit since those heady days of 2017. Rockoon’s 512 metres 29.28 seconds record still stands after almost three years. And Pirate’s Curse’s 600 metres time of 34.79 seconds was run in April 2019.