Monday, January 8, 2018
Tarpeena owner Dita Mitchell unashamedly shed tears of joy as she proudly walked Kinnky McPhee back after her win in the second heat of Sunday’s Val and Col Sims Memorial Maiden (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Placed in all of her first five starts, the sizeable 30 kilogram bitch opened her winning account for Mitchell and Compton trainer Tracie Price when leading all the way to eventually run out a 10 length winner over Got Some Cheek with a further 6½ lengths back to third-placed Bomber Creek in 30.36 seconds. Also through to the final is Pele’s Entity who finished fourth on debut.
Kinnky McPhee’s win had been a while coming, the daughter of Banjo Boy x Quick And Slick turning three next month and, according to her owner, certainly travelling down a rocky road prior to making her race debut at Tara Raceway only a month ago.
“She was purchased as an eight-month-old pup from Queensland,” Mitchell said. “But straight away she didn’t look to be galloping properly, with a vertebrae issue later being identified.
“There were countless trips to Warrnambool for remedial work on her and later she had to have half of her tail removed. So, while it hasn’t been all plain sailing, today’s emotional win made the effort all worthwhile.”
And as far as Mitchell and Price were concerned it was a case of third time lucky after her previous two greyhounds failed to make the race track and are now pets.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Tracie and the team out at Compton because they’ve done a wonderful job getting Kinnky McPhee to the track and now winning a race,” said Mitchell after her first Tara Raceway win.
Based at Tarpeena for the past 12 months, after a 10-year stint at Crowlands, Mitchell is hopeful of receiving a trainer’s licence next month and then preparing several of her two-year-old Banjo Boy youngsters for a tilt on the track.
The dog with the cool name – well, owner-trainer Nicole Stanley of Portland reckons Joshy Wink Wink is a cool name, anyway – won the first heat of the memorial after chasing Dimora Flash into the home straight before finishing the stronger to win by three-quarters of a length in 30.79 seconds.
Drysdale Creek, who finished the race off nicely in third spot, and first starter Sudden Call are also through to the Sims Memorial final which will be run at Tara Raceway this Sunday.
Joshy Wink Wink, also a first starter, is another one that has experienced a few setbacks along the way – perhaps the most telling a distinct lack of desire to chase the lure.
“He just wouldn’t go a yard but I think the finish-on-lure helped to sort him out,” Stanley said. “Then he got into a fight with another dog on my property and that held him up for a bit longer.”
By My Bro Fabio x Lollipop Bling, the December 2015 whelping is a litter brother to Shiney Bling who won her maiden for Stanley back in October.
Stanley and Price, the leading trainer and runner-up at Tara Raceway in 2017, shared the training honours at Sunday’s first meeting of the season when also successful later in the day with Miss Pineapple and Same Scenario.