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Track record falls at Tara Raceway
Monday, October 10, 2016
Windy conditions at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon failed to detract from the brilliance of Horsham-based Paraphernalia when he became the first greyhound to break the 35 second barrier over 600 metres.
A $1.30 chance in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake, the fawn dog took full advantage of box one, leading all the way over the middle-distance journey to defeat Stan’s Choice by two lengths with a further 8¼ lengths back to Old Jock in third position.
With splits of 8.89, 12.79 and 22.20, Paraphernalia’s overall time of 34.99 seconds lowered the previous record of 35.04 seconds (8.99, 12.88, 22.16) recorded by the Peter Byrne trained Unsub Andy on March 11 this year.
An April 2014 whelping by Big Daddy Cool out of Scrappy Coco (which has produced more than 100 winners), Paraphernalia is owned by Chris Johnson and trained by Jeff Guy who bred the litter which also includes Brazen Bomber (nine wins from 43 starts) and Kryptonian which has won eight races from 30 starts.
Guy is of the belief that his record breaker – a winner of eight races from 36 starts – is better suited to middle-distance racing but Paraphernalia showed his versatility at Angle Park last month when running a 1¾ length fourth to Weekend Binge (favourite in last week’s Adelaide Cup final) in the Group 3 SA Derby (515 m).
And while the long-time trainer has had his fair share of smart chasers he had to go back to the late nineties to recall his last track record holder – Bush Currency over 516 metres at Port Pirie.
Spare a thought for Stan’s Choice. Back to where it all began 14 months ago with a 400 metre maiden win, the son of Hutmaker x Spellbound recorded 35.14 seconds – the fourth fastest 600 metre time ever run at the track – when running second on Sunday.
Trained by Brian Weis, recently returned after a nine-month break, Stan’s Choice went to the boxes a $23 chance and chased Paraphernalia throughout, taking plenty of ground off the leader in the home straight.
But the day would get better for Weis when Lektra Munster was successful in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) and gave the Portland trainer his first win since resuming.
Despite using plenty of the track, the black dog quickly worked into second spot behind John Burow’s tearaway leader Spinach before finishing too strongly for that greyhound in the home straight to win by 1¼ lengths in 30.55 seconds.
By Fabregas x Supreme Vision, Lektra Munster’s win was his second after being successful in the recent Winter Classic for previous owner-trainer Phil Lenehan.
Guy’s day also got considerably better after a clean sweep of the two JB Irrigation Feature Grade Five heats (512 m) with McRay and Brazen Bomber gave him a running treble.
A rising four-year-old by Knocka Norris x Kalden Geisha, McRay, which hadn’t won since early June when successful over 400 metres at Tara Raceway, jumped a $2.50 favourite on the back of three handy recent 480 metre performances at Horsham.
And the fawn and white dog didn’t let backers down when leading all the way to hold out fellow finalists Smirnoff Lass, Good Yarn and Stampy Longnose in 30.32 seconds.
Guy looked to hold a strong hand in the second heat with Brazen Bomber, a litter sister to Paraphernalia, and Frac Geek drawing boxes one and two respectively.
Brazen Bomber, which ran fourth behind Pepper Fire in last month’s Group 3 SA Oaks (515 m) at Angle Park, came into the race on the back of a close-up second at Horsham on the Tuesday prior over 570 metres.
A winner of the Koroit 600 (600 m) at Tara Raceway in June, Brazen Bomber found the front going out of the first turn and from then on never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a 6¾ length winner in a best of day 29.92 seconds.
Blitz And Bolt, Frac Geek and Galactic Tsunami will make up what promises to be an excellent final at Tara Raceway’s meeting this Sunday.
Adding further Horsham flavour to the meeting was the win of Rowdy Richard – trained by Helen Hartigan for husband Bill who had been looking for their first local success in more than three years – in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (600 m).
Out of the winner’s list since May when successful over 660 metres at Ballarat, the black dog had put the writing on the wall for another win with a fast-finishing 480 metre fourth last Tuesday night at Horsham.
Having his first start at Tara Raceway, Rowdy Richard looked lost on the track, overcoming home turn interference to storm home and grab victory by a neck over Podium Time with a nose back to Spotted Gun in 35.81 seconds.
By Vapour Whirl x Glenville Maggie, Rowdy Richard, which was purchased as a pup by the Hartigans, was bred at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield and is a litter brother to his handy sprinter-stayer Glenville Jester which has won nine races.