Tuesday, May 23, 2017
When Charlton greyhound trainer Kevin Ashton and his partner Jan Neil headed off at some ungodly hour last Sunday morning to Tara Raceway – travelling trainers must love 11 a.m. race starts – they certainly wouldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams how the day was ultimately going to pan out.
The couple has been making the four hour trip over to Mount Gambier on a regular basis this year with Ashton doing pretty well – eight winners and currently sitting in thirteenth spot on the leading trainers’ list.
The front-running Cullquin Nikki looked Ashton’s best chance on Sunday and after she had finished third behind Big Rough and Cee Jay’s Heart in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (600 metres) that looked to be about his lot.
Fair enough, he still had Lady Vixyma and Carrara Lad to come later in the day although surely they were only in their respective races to make up the numbers.
After all, Lady Vixyma’s record stood at one win from 53 starts and that win had come close to 18 months ago while rising five-year-old Carrara Lad’s last win had been in July last year.
A reserve at Friday’s meeting, Lady Vixyma lined up from box three in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m), the second heat of a grade six series. But this was no time-graded race and as such the daughter of Kinloch Brae x Abby Shiraz was a $44 chance on the tote.
Reputations counted for nothing though. She went straight to the front, took advantage of first-turn interference and then never really looked like getting beaten, although Two Jobs finished well for a half-length second in 30.40 seconds.
Then Carrara Lad – a $52 tote chance – came out in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), on the back of a third placing at Friday’s meeting, to virtually lead all the way from box six and hold out Monster Deeds to win by three-quarters of a length in a personal best time of 23.43 seconds.
Has there ever been a longer-priced training double on a greyhound track than this one? We’ll make the call and say probably not.
For sure, the circus had come to town and ringmaster Kevin Ashton well and truly cracked the whip under the big top at Tara Raceway.
BACK TO BACK WINS FOR ANTI DENTITE
While not of lot of greyhounds front up twice at Tara Raceway double-header meetings, even fewer manage to win on both days.
Anti Dentite, successful over 512 metres on the Friday and then over 400 metres on Sunday, became the first to go back to back since Connie Miller’s pair Bushman’s Faith and Lady Vixyma (then trained by Miller) ran the quinella on both August 26 and 28 last year.
The son of Turanza Bale and Sister Ping quickly found the front from box eight in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) before engaging in a spirited battle with Lektra Ash, eventually winning by a length in 30.35 seconds.
And then two days later he finished strongly over the short course in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake to defeat Aston Morris by 1½ lengths in a quick 23.18 seconds.
Whelped in June 2013, Anti Dentite’s win on Sunday was his thirtieth from 103 starts and took his stake earnings to more than $70,000, the majority of that being won on Queensland tracks.
In fact, he’s a widely-travelled greyhound, having raced at Ipswich, Capalaba, Albion Park, The Meadows, Lismore, Casino, Grafton, Angle Park and Gawler prior to Allendale East trainer David Peckham taking him on as a giveaway early this year.
Anti Dentite, who has now won six races at Tara Raceway, will be attempting a hat-trick when he lines up from box one in the Berringa Park Free For All (400 m) on Sunday afternoon.
CHUCK SET TO MAKE AMENDS
Moyston greyhound Chuck McIvor looks well placed in Sunday’s Greyhound-Data.com final and is set to make amends for his defeat as an odds-on favourite in last week’s second heat of the grade six series over 512 metres.
Jumping from box one, the fawn son of Bella Infrared and Blonde Caviar all but came down on his nose in a rough-house run to the first turn before working home well to finish four lengths behind Lady Vixyma and Two Jobs in 30.40 seconds.
The final will see the Peter Franklin trained Chuck McIvor jump from the eight, a box that he has won from at Tara Raceway.
The David Brodhurst trained Two Jobs, who impressed with a 10 length 30.21 seconds time-graded win earlier this month, found herself well back early in last Sunday’s heat but worked home well and looks well suited in box one.
And Swift Limes, winner of the first heat in 30.27 seconds, has also drawn well in box two and should ensure the pace is on from the outset.