Thursday, October 11, 2018
According to Kongorong greyhound trainer John Little the win of $20 chance Bungaloo Thor at Tara Raceway last Sunday didn’t come as any real surprise to him but the winning time in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 metres) certainly did.
By Addis Boy out of Camo’s Prinny and a litter brother to Friday’s winner Gypsy Shane, Bungaloo Thor gave tearaway leader Azumi Striker a fair start down the back but finished over the top of him in the run home to score by 1¼ lengths in 29.93 seconds at his 51st start.
The rising three-year-old black dog, also bred by Little, has come a fair way since October last year when he dead-heated in a time-graded 400 metre maiden in a steady 24.11 seconds.
Four months on he won his second race – over 512 metres – in an even steadier 30.91 seconds although by the time he had brought up win number three some six month later Bungaloo Thor had lowered his personal best to a respectable 30.34 seconds.
Bungaloo Thor’s winning time on Sunday in what was the third and final heat of a grade five series was smart, Little really at a loss to explain where the improvement had come from.
“To be honest, I didn’t really expect him to ever break 30 seconds,” he said. “The only thing I can put it down to is that perhaps he is a late maturer.
“I was told by one of Camo’s Prinny’s former trainers that she had been a late developer, the same trainer saying that her dam, Camo’s Dollars – a winner of a couple of 732 metre races at Tara Raceway – had also taken a while to sort herself out.”
A couple of races earlier, the Little-trained Springvale Alysa had led all the way to defeat Azumi Spice by 3¼ lengths in 29.84 seconds in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (512 m), the first heat of the grade five series.
Springvale Alysa, a daughter of Dyna Double One and Springvale Cool, has proven to be a handy pick-up for Little and his partners Liz Newberry and Kevin Mullan, having now won seven races for the trio after being purchased from Adelaide in April this year.
Last Sunday’s double was Little’s second this year at Tara Raceway, Bungaloo Jedda and Premier Choix successful on August 2. He has now trained 14 winners at the local track in 2018.
And he’ll go into Sunday’s grade five final, the Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m), holding a strong hand with Bungaloo Thor drawn in box three and Springvale Alysa in the seven.
Last start winner Baurna Sal looked to have the second heat, The Border Watch Stake (512 m), all stitched up when she opened up a handy break over Wanchai Express and Irka Jakit down the back straight.
But former Adelaide chaser Wanchai Express, who found his way into Nicole Stanley’s Portland kennels at the end of August, finished strongly along the rails to grab victory by a head in 30.16 seconds – his second win at the track in the space of a fortnight.
Owned in Adelaide by Les Stewart, Wanchai Express, also a winner at Angle Park, Gawler and Strathalbyn, is by Bit Chili out of Aunty Chopper who raced on 99 occasions for 15 wins and 35 minor placings.
Meanwhile, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. Annual General Meeting will be held in the Tara Raceway Clubrooms at the conclusion of the race meeting on Sunday, October 21.
Participants should also be aware that the club’s next time-graded meeting will be run on Wednesday, October 24 (nominations to close at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 19).
Highlighting November will be the running of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) for grade five greyhounds, won last year by former track record holder Lektra Stomp.