THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27: Nominations closed. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, October 28 with GRSA. FREE TRIALS (for members/$10 non-members): Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track. BORDER CHALLENGE: Mount Gambier v. Warrnambool. $4000 to the winner final at Warrnambool (450 m) on Thursday, December 5. Mount Gambier conditions: Trainer must be financial member of club. Greyhound must have been in the trainer’s kennel for the past three months and have raced at least twice in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Trainer must have raced on at least 15 occasions in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Maximum of two heats (512 m) with the first two from each heat to represent Mount Gambier. First four to represent the club if only one heat.
PLEASE NOTE: NO TRIALS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 DUE TO TRACK MAINTENANCE.
Trainer on the ball at Tara Raceway
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Scot’s Dunker turned her Tara Raceway form around for Lake Bolac greyhound trainer Kevin Breen at last Sunday’s meeting when scoring an impressive win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake.
The black bitch, who had been unplaced at her only three starts at the local track last year, was away quickly from box one in the Open 400 metre event and was never headed after initially holding out hot favourite Slipper’s Chance.
Scot’s Dunker, a winner in late November over 425 metres at Bendigo from the same box, skipped around Tara Raceway in a slick 23.33 seconds when defeating Gentle Moment by 2¾ lengths.
The win was Breen’s first at the local track since Financial Bonus defeated Evening In Paris in December 2015.
By Adelaide Cup winner Kilty Lad out of the unraced Taz’s Girl, Scot’s Dunker boasts beautiful breeding with her dam being by Jones Junior x Glamorous.
Glamorous, who is by Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap, is also the dam of successful sire Magic Sprite.
Scot’s Dunker is raced by the Mark Valentine-managed 16-member One Spot Syndicate, all of whom are involved in a variety of positions at the Ballarat Minerdome basketball sports stadium.
Breen said it had been only by pure chance that last Sunday’s winner had found her way into his kennels.
“Prior to her racing, her previous trainer had been involved in a non-life threatening accident but was unable to continue with her.
“She’s certainly been a handy pick-up and given the One Spot team plenty of fun with six wins last year at Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo after success on debut at Warrnambool in February.”