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The grass is Green(er) at Tara Raceway
Monday, December 3, 2018
Rockbank trainer Wade Green’s day at Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway kicked off with a quinella in the first race – and just kept getting better from then on.
Racing in Mount Gambier for the first time, Green had litter brothers Janray Mazel Tov and Janray Wild One – giveaways after a handful of starts – engaged in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres).
By Blue Lorian out of Path To Hope, Janray Wild One led his brother down the back straight but in the run home Janray Mazel Tov finished slightly the stronger to grab victory by a half head in 23.93 seconds.
Buzz Off Mumma led all the way from box one in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) in 23.85 seconds, holding off Serendipity Love, trained at Dunolly by Richard Boehm who had won the previous race (Trackside Meats Stake) with Avatar Blaze, and Shaun Baulch’s Big Tilly who wasn’t far away from winning her second race at her 112th start.
This was Green’s second winner of the day, the 44-year-old trainer purchasing the daughter of Bit Chili and Candy Spice from NSW back in April after she had won a maiden, although quick to point out that there has been a few problems with her.
“She does possess plenty of early speed but she’s very injury-prone so it’s been something of a long road with her,” he said.
Conde, purchased from SA by Green and Paul Cusack – who would enjoy success in his own right later in the day – after winning at Port Augusta and Gawler, gave Green his first treble on any track when successful in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
Always on the pace, Conde, who according to his trainer had been knocking on the door, took the lead on the home turn, eventually defeating Triceps Brachi by three-quarters of a length in 30.61 seconds to give connections their first win with the son of Magic Sprite x Miss Kiss.
But Green – back in the game for 14 months after a lengthy break – wasn’t finished yet. Nitro Heroine, another SA purchase that had last won at Wagga back in March, led all the way in The Border Watch Stake (400 m), defeating Serendipity Man by 1½ lengths in 23.41 seconds.
From a 2018 time-graded meeting point of view, Green’s four winners for the day equalled Kath Brooks’ effort of February 23 when she was successful with Iroquois Sharman, Call Me Crazy, Stella Story and Annie Bell.
And coming into the last race, the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m), he was still a chance of making it five winners, Tron’s Empire and Big Kenny Bobo jumping from boxes four and six respectively.
Tron’s Empire, in Green’s kennels since September 2017 after a couple of short-course wins at Angle Park, led all the way to defeat Allen Robbie by two lengths in 23.44 seconds – the trainer’s fifth win for the day and the best effort by a trainer at a time-graded meeting this year.
Other trainers to land their first Tara Raceway winners on Friday were Lew Green (Wade’s cousin), Cristina Gason and Cusack.
Also based at Rockbank, Green landed the quinella in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m) when giveaway greyhound Dee Jakit defeated Banana Honeybear by a length in 24.09 seconds.
Involved in greyhound racing for 12 years, Gason, of Cundare North, didn’t have to wait long for a return with Latissimus Dorsi, a giveaway which she took over last month after previous wins at Shepparton, Healesville and Ballarat.
Last early, the daughter of the former top chaser Paw Licking and Batwoman, chased keenly and eventually ran out a 1¼ length winner over Shadrack in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) for the Windy Plains Syndicate which comprises Gason and Kevin Quinn, second earlier in the day with Triceps Brachii.
Cusack owned and trained greyhounds Gin Lee’s Pride and Covfefe ran the quinella in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), the former having 3¾ lengths to spare over his kennelmate when bringing up his first win in 18 months.
This was the Mount Cottrell-based Cusack’s first win with the giveaway son of Cosmic Rumble x Gin Lee’s Gem that joined his kennels in February this year.
Meanwhile, Cee Me Snoop, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, turned in a big run at Warrnambool the previous night, the son of Cosmic Rumble x Cee Me Burst winning a 1-4 wins final over 390 metres.
Gaining a run as a reserve, the black dog was slowly away from box eight but appreciated the draw when finishing strongly out wide to win at $11.50 by 1½ lengths in 22.42 seconds.
Cee Me Snoop then followed up at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon with another win, leading all the way to defeat Lady Pippa by 3¼ lengths in 30.23 seconds in The Border Watch Stake (512 m) – the first heat of a grade five series.
The win was the first leg of a treble for Price, Cilla Brown leading all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) while Smart Marty brought up the trainer’s third winner when much too good in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (400 m), winning by five lengths in 23.16 seconds.
By Knocka Norris x Who’s Doing What, Smart Marty is a litter brother to Price’s Smart Knocka who was drawn to contest a Ballarat Cup heat on Saturday night but was scratched after sustaining a foot injury.