Sunday, September 11, 2016
A dashing win by Portland greyhound Old Jock in the final of last Friday’s Berringa Park Iron Dog (512 metres) at Tara Raceway continued a good year at the local track for trainer Nicole Stanley.
Into the final of the annual three-distance series on the back of a 600 metre win and a fifth placing over 400 metres, Old Jock was away well from box seven and when settling a close second behind Roarsome mid-race he was always going to be hard to hold out.
And that’s how the race panned out with the rising four-year-old finding the lead off the back before running out a 1¾ length winner over Roarsome in a best of day 30.13 seconds.
For Stanley the win, which was her 46th this year at Tara Raceway, has her sitting in second spot behind Tracie Price who has trained 55 winners. It also continued her good run of feature race success at the track after Rowchester Star and Hay Miss’s wins in the Sims Memorial and Reid Memorial.
Bred at Mortlake by Terry Payne, Old Jock is a son of Bekim Bale and Swift Blaze (Vapour Whirl x Lankan Flash) which was unraced but a litter sister to former smart type Vapourash (27 wins).
Raced by the Jock Middleton-managed Jocks Lot Syndicate, Old Jock has been trained throughout his 86-start career by Stanley who has now guided the 35 kilogram chaser to 13 wins and 30 minor placings for prizemoney in excess of $20,000.
Friday’s win was his eighth this year at Tara Raceway and resulted in him taking a one point lead over Fred Of Lidsdale in the Greyhound of the Year after that greyhound later in the day went down by a neck to Slipper’s Shadow in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (400 m).
Roarsome, after running second over 600 metres and then winning a 400 metre second leg, wrapped up a consistent Iron Dog series for Mount Wallace owner Erin McNamara and Mount Gambier trainer Ralph Patzel with a gallant second in the final behind Old Jock.
And Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield’s Glenville Jester also performed consistently with a third and a fourth prior to running home well for a 3¼ length third in a 512 metre final that boasted a really even field of versatile greyhounds.
Race favourite Cryer’s Jack’s day didn’t begin all that well when the trailer he was travelling in from Apsley arrived at the track minus a door – apparently falling off somewhere between Penola and Mount Gambier.
Fortunately there was no greyhound in that particular compartment but Cryer’s Jack, which found trouble in last year’s Iron Dog final, suffered the same fate on Friday when finishing down the line. Trainer Tom Cryer will now be hoping for a change of luck at Horsham on Tuesday night.