Thursday, July 13, 2017
Mojito Mayhem and Cryer’s Fred, now both 4½ years old but two of the best greyhounds to have consistently raced at Tara Raceway, will clash in the third of three Anniversary Cup heats (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Raced by Barry Priest and trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, Mojito Mayhem, who last year joined Kenzel Lad – successful in 1985-1986 – as only the second greyhound to win two Anniversary Cups, has drawn box six.
The son of Fear Zafonic x Graceful Amy defeated Shannah’s Might in 29.99 seconds to win the 2015 cup and ran a best of day 30.38 seconds when successful last year.
Mojito Mayhem will be chasing his third consecutive cup after having won a veterans’ race over 515 metres at Angle Park on Thursday, June 22 but don’t let the veteran status fool you as only four days prior to that win he had broken Brazen Bomber’s week-long Tara Raceway 512 metres track record with a run of 29.52 seconds.
Also the winner of the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup, Mojito Mayhem has raced on 78 occasions for 24 wins and 21 minor placings – 20 of those wins being at Tara Raceway.
Cryer’s Fred, who has drawn box one, hasn’t won a race since last October but Apsley trainer Tom Cryer reckons the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget has never been better.
Resuming after a month’s break, Cryer’s Fred has raced on 106 occasions for 33 wins and 34 minor placings with his 29 Tara Raceway wins making him the most successful greyhound to race at the local track.
Owned by Cryer’s wife Margaret, the brindle dog lines up for a third crack at the cup after dead-heating for fourth with Mojito Mayhem’s brother Future Past in 2015 and running a 1¼ length second last year.
Adding further interest to this heat is Nicole Stanley’s box four runner Turbo Road, a 29.75 seconds winner last month, and Dean Fennell’s promising youngster Rumbling Moment who will be attempting to make it five wins in succession when he jumps from box seven.
A personal best time of 29.55 seconds and box one thrown in for good measure has the Jeff Guy trained Brazen Bomber looking well placed in heat one of the Anniversary Cup.
The daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco has been unplaced three times at Bendigo and Sandown Park since running her then-record time on June 11 but boasts an outstanding strike rate at Tara Raceway of four wins from five starts.
Colden Girl has returned to Bea Bryant of Heathmere after a three month stint at Lara with Allan Britton who won two races at Sandown Park with the daughter of Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur.
A 29.77 seconds Mount Gambier Cup heat winner earlier this year, Colden Girl has drawn well in box two while the Stanley-trained box seven runner Old Jock – a few months older than Mojito Mayhem and Cryer’s Fred – showed he is still a force to be reckoned with when winning in a best of day 29.92 seconds.
The Richard Clayfield trained Shore’s Last, who has drawn box one in the second heat, gave plenty of cheek when running Old Jock to two lengths following an impressive 512 metre win from box one the previous week.
Owned by Tom Sinnott, the lightly raced Shore’s Last looks set to make his presence felt at Tara Raceway in the coming months judging by the manner in which the son of Kinloch Brae x On Shore handled himself against last week’s Free For All company.
Guy also looks to hold a strong hand in this heat with Brazen Bomber’s litter sister Brazen Blue who won over 515 metres at Sandown Park in 29.94 seconds on July 2.
In what is an interesting heat, Fiorelli Rose, Jasmine Lilly and Shannah’s Might are also seasoned performers while McIvor Neville will be doing his best work at the finish.
The finals of the Reid and Lewis Memorials and the Anniversary Cup will be the highlight of Sunday week’s 38th anniversary meeting.