Sunday, October 16, 2016
Port MacDonnell owner-trainer Kerry Howard made a successful return to the sport last Friday at Tara Raceway when Stout And Story won the Laser Electrical Open Maiden (400 metres).
Having his first race start, the black dog quickly found a forward spot from box one behind Cosmic Ann before taking the lead turning for home and running out a 1¾ length winner in 23.59 seconds.
For Howard, encouraged back into the training ranks by his daughter Amy, the win was his first since Flat Out Freddy won over 277 metres at Tara Raceway in July 2004.
And, according to Howard, it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time about five months ago when Koroit breeder Peter Byrne offered him a black dog as a give away.
“Turns out he was an August 2014 son of Fabregas x Mepunga Kirsty so I thought he might be worth a try after litter sister Lucky Holly had previously won at Tara Raceway.”
Unnamed at the time, Stout And Story was the first choice of racing names later submitted by Howard.
“The death of a mate of mine, Noel Blacksell, earlier this year prompted me to go with this name because of his great passion for a stout and a story.”
Stout And Story’s win followed on from Amy Howard’s two wins in late May with Any Silvers Bro at Tara Raceway.
Meanwhile, in the race prior, the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (512 m), it was another first-starter in Redda that won on debut after leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Brinza (also a first-starter) by 3¾ lengths in 30.28 seconds.
It was a race quinella for long-time Portland trainer Robert Halliday who, it’s probably fair to say, spends more time conditioning his greyhounds than he does choosing racing names for them.
“Redda wears a red kennel collar, Brinza is a brindle dog and Yella (which ran third in race three) wears a yellow collar around the kennels,” Halliday said.
Whelped in December 2014, Redda, a son of Fabregas and Rookie’s Girl – a winner of four races at Warrnambool – was also bred and reared by his trainer.
The black dog did the job well on Friday with Halliday describing him as a pleasure to take to the track.
Brinza, a December 2014 son of Cosmic Rumble and Guru Doll, chased Redda throughout and also looks to be a coming winner.
After Brinza’s litter, Halliday obtained authority to breed with Guru Doll, a winner at Sandown Park and Angle Park, and in April she whelped to Fabregas.
Another first-starter success story was the Tracie Price trained Banjo Moment, a May 2015 youngster that quickly found the front in the Metal Worx Open Maiden Stake (400 m) before running out a 3½ length winner in 23.75 seconds.
By Banjo Boy out of Solved Moment, the black and white dog is a half-brother to Price’s prolific short-course performer Marlow Moment which has now won 18 races and recorded 15 minor placings from 73 starts.
Another litter member (by Lochinvar Marlow) is Mega Moment which won her first three starts at Tara Raceway over 512 metres in early 2015.
Speaking after the win on Friday, Price said Banjo Moment – the only member of the litter – had gone ahead in leaps and bounds after being broken-in.
“His breaking-in times were certainly nothing sensational but once he returned to Compton and started to trial at Tara Raceway he soon gave an indication of better things to come.”
Solved Moment, a daughter of Solve The Puzzle x Barely A Moment, won four races at Horsham, Warrnambool and Tara Raceway and in December 2015 whelped a litter of four dogs and two bitches to Nolen.