Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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The Truck rolls into town

Sir Truculent and Wally Harkins . . . off to the boxes for a 127th time.

What better way to kick off this year’s Carlin & Gazzard Mount Gambier Cup heats on Sunday than with a staying race over 732 metres? Especially when it includes Sir Truculent – or The Truck as he is often referred to.

His 65-year-old owner-trainer Wally Harkins of Jervois was down with the 126-start veteran who boasts a race record of 45 wins, 22 seconds and 19 thirds and – wait for it – stakemoney of $439,700.

And the December 2017 whelping never really looked in any danger of defeat in Sunday’s Exchange Printers Stake when leading all the way and defeating a game Blazing Beth by three lengths in a handy 43.56 seconds.

By Worm Burner out of Establish, Sir Truculent was bred by Harkins who actually sold the black dog as a 12-week-old pup to a NSW owner.

“I reared him and later he broke-in fairly well although he was always doing his best work at the finish over 500 metres.

“And some time later the owner decided he wanted to sell Sir Truculent as he was getting back in his races and tended to find a lot of traffic.

“I suggested he wait until the dog got up over a bit more ground before he thought about selling. But as he had already paid his way he was more than happy to move him on so I purchased him for his original selling price of $2000.”

Once Sir Truculent stepped out over 700 metres it all started to happen – a Queensland Gold Cup, a Garrards Gold Cup, and numerous Group placings over the distance, including a second in a Bold Trease.

Harkins said some people had suggested it was probably time that he retired Sir Truculent.

“At one stage I had him on the couch for four months but that didn’t really work because when I headed off to the track without him he would carry on something shocking.”

Involved in greyhound racing for 50 years, Harkins said there had been some handy dogs along the way although he believed he had probably wasted too much of his time in the sport with giveaway greyhounds.

“Mind you, I reckon The Truck has been worth the wait.”

And following the running of the seven Mount Gambier Cup heats (512 m), local hopes Lochinvar Cahill and Aston Ziebell drew boxes one and two respectively in Sunday’s $36,000 final for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.

Leading local trainer Tracie Price of Compton has drawn box eight with Sister Roberta while Mr. Anderson took time honours with a run of 29.41 seconds for Avalon trainer Daniel Gibbons and local part-owners Jason Newman and Melissa Freitag.

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