Thursday, April 12, 2018
Leading local greyhound trainers Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley look set to continue their short-course battle at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when they will provide six of the eight runners in the Williams Crane Hire Open Stake (400 metres).
The race will once again feature the clash of Oh No Beta, trained at Portland by Stanley, and the Compton-based Price’s Hopalong, the fastest greyhound to go around the Tara Raceway 400 metre journey this year.
By the Australian bred Irish sire Crash, Hopalong ran times of 22.93 seconds and 22.96 seconds earlier this year, defeating Oh No Beta on both occasions.
But Oh No Beta turned the tables in last Sunday’s Produce Store Open Stake (400 m), leading all the way from box five to defeat Hopalong by a length in 22.97 seconds, the third fastest time run at the track this year.
Raced by the breeder, Jason Caddy of Adelaide suburb Surrey Downs, Oh No Beta has now won 12 races since being taken over by Stanley in July last year. Prior to that, he had won 10 races on Adelaide tracks.
By Lochinvar Marlow, the black dog is out of Caddy’s former top bitch Sometimes Speedy who traces back to George and Irene Rehmann’s successful “Gemtrea” line.
Sometimes Speedy, a daughter of Collision and Gemstone Supreme, raced on 54 occasions for 25 wins, 16 minor placings and $150,000 in prizemoney, the highlight of her career being a win in the 2013 Group 1 National Futurity final in NSW.
And with the Greyhound of the Year award now slowly starting to sort itself out, both Hopalong and Oh No Beta figure in the top 10 which is currently headed by Connie Miller’s Chilly Kiss.
As far as the Leading Trainer award is concerned, Price (285 points) holds a commanding lead over Stanley (139) who was last year’s leading trainer. At the corresponding time last year, Stanley led Price 185 points to 147.