Monday, March 26, 2018
Winchelsea trainer David Graham, in Mount Gambier last Friday with a team of greyhounds for the time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway, was really on fire – literally!
After experiencing some mechanical difficulties during the five-hour trip, Graham’s car finally ended up catching alight on the outskirts of the town near the Borderline Speedway.
“It was certainly an eventful trip over,” Graham said later. “And I have to thank the people at the speedway who helped out. Also, Mount Moriac trainer Kevin Ward who picked up the dogs and got them to the track where fellow trainers were only too happy to assist, thus ensuring we made the kennelling time.”
And it took until only race two, the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 metres), for him to bring up his first SA winner when the beautifully bred Fascinate Queen led all the way to defeat Swoosie and Simply Flash in 24.07 seconds.
Owned by prominent NSW breeder-trainer Noelene Holloway, Fascinate Queen is by Fabregas out of Fascinate Marina, the 2016 Wentworth Park Brood Bitch of the Year and top three in 2014 and 2015.
Friday’s winner is a half-sister to Magic Spring (by Spring Gun), winner of the 2016 Group 1 National Derby at Wentworth Park, along with 24 other races and close to $200,000 in prizemoney.
Graham, who returned to the sport 12 months ago after a long break, runs Greyhound Syndicates Australia which currently has 24 greyhounds syndicated.
“We provide professional syndication of racing greyhounds that are both successful and fun. Syndicate members from all around Australia are taking advantage of our $100 for a 1% share and no more to pay,” he said.
“Our aim is to breed with Group 1 winners or litter sisters to Group 1 winners – one of our latest litters being by the Irish sire Killohan Phanter out of Zion, a litter sister to Magic Spring.”
Meanwhile, later on Friday, Kevin Ward was also successful when Kathy’s Lady – one of four winners on the day for high-profile sire Fabregas – led all the way, eventually running out a 5½ length winner in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) in 23.61 seconds.