Saturday, December 16, 2017
It hasn’t taken Tim Richards long to become well and truly hooked on greyhound racing.
A professional fisherman based at Meningie, situated on the shores of Lake Albert at the northern end of the Coorong, Richards first became involved as a hobby trainer only two years ago and has now built his team up to eight.
He made the 3½-hour trip to Tara Raceway’s Friday time-graded meeting with five runners, his second visit to the Mount Gambier track after an unsuccessful first-time try some 15 months ago.
And Richards picked up his first win at the track when Allen Paul was successful in the South Eastern Hotel Stake, a grade six event over 400 metres.
Away well from box one, the son of Dyna Nalin x Ferrari Bale quickly shook off kennelmate Asa Demeo before racing away to an impressive eight length 23.53 seconds win over his litter sister Oemi Allen who is trained at Winslow in Victoria by Paul Teuma.
The win was the third for the January 2015 whelping Allen Paul who was purchased by Richards and his Kalgoorlie-based sister Sheree Hayes for $500 from NSW breeder Paul Wheeler in April this year.
Richards, who hopes to become further involved through breeding his own stock, rates another Wheeler-bred greyhound in Allen Jersey as his best in his two-year involvement.
Taken over in September 2016, the half-brother to million dollar greyhound Fanta Bale has won five races at Angle Park since relocating to Meningie.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Richards trained short-priced favourite Sketchy Kathy had been beaten a length when finishing second behind rank outsider Morris Peer in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m).
Raced by Ray Keating and trained at Glencoe by Dean Fennell, the son of Deville x Nubian Princess brought up his third win this year at Tara Raceway when leading all the way to score in 23.80 seconds.
These days the 82-year-old Keating – who it must be said was looking pretty good on Friday – doesn’t get to the track on a regular basis although he was quick to point out that he always seemed to be on-course when Morris Peer, who has now three from 29, was successful.