Hot weather issues resulted in the abandonment of the final five races at Tara Raceway last Sunday. But for Lewiston husband and wife training team, Clint and Shelley Trengove, it was a case of turning on the heat.
With only six races decided, Clint Trengove was successful with Apache Jakit and It’s A Louie while Shelley’s Hello I’m Jade ran quick time to win over the 400 metres journey.
Apache Jakit, owned by Tom Price Bush Chaplain John Dihm, became the first of the Cosmic Chief x Champagne Shot litter to win when leading all the way in the first heat of the Sims Family Memorial (512 metres).
Going into the series with four minor placings at Angle Park and Gawler to his name, the white and brindle dog carved out a handy 30.15 seconds when holding off the locally-trained Noir Star who worked home well for a half-length second for David Peckham.
It’s A Louie, who won his maiden at Broken Hill back in September last year, brought up his fourth win when leading all the way from box eight in the Winningformula.net.au Juvenile (400 m) to defeat Open Throttle by a couple of lengths in a quick 22.99 seconds.
For the blue son of Worm Burner x Batty Allen it was his second win in the space of a week after he had won at Angle Park the previous Monday over 388 metres. And at Warrnambool last Monday litter brother Black Heel High scored a big win over 390 metres for Parwan trainer Wade Green.
Hello I’m Jade, having her 120th start, brought up win number 17 when taking over the running off the back from Saint Charlotte before going on to a 1¾ lengths win in 22.82 seconds. This was the fastest 400 metres time run at the track since Almighty Stripe’s 22.78 seconds on November 5.
The four-year-old daughter of Magic Sprite x Typhoon Monelli ran a quick 29.83 seconds in a grade five 512 metres heat back in October at Tara Raceway. She narrowly defeated Buddy Guy who turned the tables the following week in the final with a win that was equally as tight.
Meanwhile, the Tracie Price trained Compton Pete – a son of Peter Rocket and 2014 Winter Classic winner Stylish Moment – came from last to first to win the second heat of the Sims Family Memorial in a time of 30.69 seconds.
Compton Pete is owned by Karen Price, wife of the trainer who will be chasing consecutive Sims Memorial wins after Rocketline was successful in 2020 in 30.16 seconds.
The Sims name is synonymous with greyhound coursing and track racing in the south east. Col Sims, ably assisted by his wife Val and son Ian, had great success with coursing greyhounds and quickly adapted to mechanical lure racing when introduced at Glenburnie in 1979.
Col Sims was on the committee of the South East Greyhound Racing Club when racing commenced at Glenburnie and was the first life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc.
He won the final Mount Gambier Cup run at Glenburnie in 1996 with Colin Ian, a dog whose name is emblazoned on Col Sims’ headstone at Carinya Gardens in Mount Gambier.
One of the casualties of last Sunday’s abandoned races was the Tara Trackstar, a one-off 512 metres event run for the leading greyhounds at Tara Raceway between July and December 2020.
However, following consultation with the trainers – Tracie Price, Jason Newman, Dean Fennell and David Peckham – the race will now be run at Sunday’s meeting.
And participants are reminded that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, on Sunday at the conclusion of kennelling.