Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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The Captain rocks at the raceway

Four winners for Captain Abbott. From left: Shane Flink (Cadillac Beast), Andrew Earl (Zambora Sam), Captain Abbott (Hot Cadillac) and Kerry Hawker (Cadillac Rocks).

A solid finish from Cadillac Rocks in last Thursday’s Hyland Fox 1-4W Stake (400 metres) was the first of four winners for long-time Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott of Cadillac Kennels.

In second spot early, the brindle dog took the lead off the back and then held out odds-on favourite Lucy Deeds to win by a length in 23.37 seconds.

For Cadillac Rocks, a well-bred son of Fernando Bale and Pamela Rocks, the win was his third. And he’s now turning out to be a handy 78th birthday present for Abbott who received him as a pup from partner Kerry Hawker.

In the following race, the Carlin & Gazzard 5+W Stake (400 m), Hot Cadillac quickly took up the running down the back before finishing well for a 1¼ length win over She’s Fired Up in 23.22 seconds.

By Aston Dee Bee out of Regatta, Hot Cadillac has made a successful return to racing, having won two of his past three starts following a three-month break.

Abbott’s third winner of the day came in the Exchange Printers 1-4W Stake (400 m) when Cadillac Beast finished strongly out wide to defeat Umbilical Man by a head in 23.69 seconds.

Purchased from Victorian breeder Belinda King as a four-month-old pup, Cadillac Beast, at start number 42, brought up his second win after having won his maiden in July last year.

And wrapping up a big day was Zambora Sam who opened his winning account over 512 metres when taking a rails run turning for home and proving too strong for Compton Mia in 30.30 seconds in the Winning Post Supplies 1-4W Stake.

From the handy Zambora Brockie x Nana’s Habit litter that also includes smart Victorian chaser Ruff Shot, Zambora Sam was purchased as a maiden for $750. He has now won four races.

Last Thursday was the fourth occasion that Abbott had trained four winners in a day at Tara Raceway. His first quadrella had been back on March 25, 2012 when Surfing Flirt, Paramount Steel, Paramount Lee and Cool Pick had been successful.

Then more than eight years later on December 24, 2020 Abbott landed his next bag of four winners with White Cadillac, Black Spring, Mauritian Rascal and Another Pick. Complementing the quartet was Black Spring, Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year winner for Abbott in 2019.

And on August 5, 2021 Cadillac Prince, Our Bro Paddy, White Cadillac and Another Pick – also the Greyhound of the Year for Abbott – contributed to the trainer’s overall 61 winners and his third spot in the Leading Trainers’ award.

Meanwhile, Meningie trainer Tim Richards enjoyed another successful Thursday when She’s Driven made it consecutive Tara Raceway wins with a strong finishing effort over Kilkenny Monelli and kennelmate Wickham in the Cadillac Racing 5+W Stake (400 m) in 23.47 seconds.

Later, that night at Angle Park, Richards also won a heat of the Group 3 Howard Ashton with Coorong Cam as well as knocking up a win over 595 metres with He’s All Purpose and a mixed 530 metre win with He’s On Fire.

Portland trainer Brian Weis’s double with Menari Houdini and Agent Meatball was highlighted by the latter’s outstanding win in the Gordon Refrigeration 5+W Stake (512 m) in a time of 29.52 seconds.

So emphatic was the win that Weis is now considering running the son of Fernando Bale and Sweet About Lola in the Michelle Niele Memorial Dual Distance Challenge, heats of which will be run over 512 metres on Sunday, May 21 and the 600 metre final a week later.

“My association with the Niele family also goes back a long way and Agent Meatball’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time as far as the memorial is concerned,” he said. “I’ll probably also look at running Worry Less in the series as well.”

She’s Driven (No. 7) defeats Kilkenny Monelli and Wickham in the Cadillac Racing Stake (400 m) and kicks off a big day last Thursday for Meningie trainer Tim Richards at Tara Raceway and Angle Park.
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