Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan rolled the dice for the final time with Boomer Hargen at Tara Raceway’s recent time-graded meeting.
She’s the greyhound that until recently had been going around in blinkers, Lenehan – Boomer Hargen’s fourth trainer – opting for the “gear change” after a couple of indiscretions on Victorian tracks.
But the blinkers were off for the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (600 metres), and while the sizeable 31 kilogram bitch ultimately won the race in a steady 36.54 seconds, home straight interference was attributed to her, connections subsequently announcing her retirement with a view to breeding.
Raced by Lenehan in partnership with Nicole Stanley, Boomer Hargen is by Barcia Bale out of Punk Rock Lass who has also produced winners to Kinloch Brae, Nolen and Fernando Bale.
“She’s already registered for breeding with a couple of sire options being Kinloch Brae and Fabregas,” he said.
“This is a line that we’re obviously pretty keen on, Punk Rock Lass’s great-granddam being Hoppy’s Star who traces back to my father Brian’s foundation brood bitch Sydney Gem.”
Later in the day Lenehan brought up a training double when Tilly Rocks led all the way in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) to win her first race at Tara Raceway.
Previously a winner of five races on Victorian tracks, Tilly Rocks is raced by Melton owner Sarah Welsh who also owns litter sister Chesca, a winner of three races at Tara Raceway and Warrnambool since being in the care of Lenehan.
At Tara Raceway’s ANZAC Day meeting, Lenehan’s successful run continued when $19 chance Rising Girl broke a long run of outs with an all the way win in the Somme Stake (400 m) in a handy 23.19 seconds.
Bred and owned by the trainer, Rising Girl is by Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl and had last won at Tara Raceway in August although, according to Lenehan, all things being equal the black bitch should have been racing at Broken Hill.
“At the end of last year, no strings attached, we sent her to Broken Hill for her to see out her racing days but three months later she was back, not having had a run, the trainer claiming she wasn’t what he was looking for.”
And last Sunday, Stanley and Lenehan opted to “Catch On To Coursing”, making the 600 kilometre journey to Benalla for the opening meeting of the season.
The Lenehan owned and trained Optic Bray, having her first run at a coursing meeting, made the trip worthwhile when defeating Stylish Bree in the final of the eight-dog MGRA Maiden Bitch Stake and giving her trainer his first coursing success.
A litter sister to Rising Girl, the four-year-old Optic Bray has only recently returned to racing after having spent five months on the sidelines due to a stopper bone injury.