Monday, October 14, 2019
Kongorong trainer John Little’s latest foray into the world of online greyhound classified advertising is once again paying dividends with Scartnamuck Diva having now won three races in succession at Tara Raceway.
This follows earlier success at the local track with greyhounds that had been advertised as giveaways after committing indiscretions on interstate tracks – Scartnamuck Diva copping a 28 day failing to chase suspension back in June at Cranbourne.
By July the brindle daughter of Barcia Bale x Velocity Breeze was in Little’s kennels although it would be another three months before she was back on the track.
“She had her share of injury issues,” he said. “But in her case I just kept persevering for something like three months because I believed she had a bit of ability.”
Scartnamuck Diva – Scartnamuck a townland in Co. Cork, Ireland – won at her first start at Tara Raceway on Thursday, October 3 before following up with another 400 metre win at last Thursday’s time-graded meeting when defeating No Photos by 3½ lengths in the Gambier Vets Stake in 23.45 seconds.
Little then opted to step her up in distance, Scartnamuck Diva drawing box six in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m) at Sunday’s meeting.
But before that, though, was a trip to Adelaide on Friday to take in the bright lights of Angle Park where Springvale Alysa and Galactic Titan were representing Mount Gambier in the SA Country Cup final (515 m) which was being staged as a supporting event on Adelaide Cup night.
The Little-trained Springvale Alysa, after making a real mess of the start, finished third behind Better Dream (Gawler) and Spring Taylor (Murray Bridge).
Meanwhile, back at Tara Raceway on Sunday and Scartnamuck Diva and Missing Mate staged a real battle from the outset. The former finished slightly the stronger in the run to the line to win by a nose in 30.27 seconds and made for a pretty handy 10 days for John Little.