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Trainer’s long wait for first treble

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Winslow trainer Paul Teuma enjoyed his biggest day at a greyhound track last Thursday when giveaways Emily Oaks, winning her first race at start number 20, Chelsea Road and Oemi Allen were successful at Tara Raceway.

For Teuma, the treble was his first in 50 years of training, Emily Oaks, a daughter of Oaks Road and Cawbourne Pilfer – who did all her racing in NZ for eight wins – kicking off the big day with a three-quarter length win at $15 in a keenly-contested Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).

Paul Teuma’s winning treble. From left, Teuma with Chelsea Road, Oemi Allen (Mary Teuma) and Peter Rowan (Emily Oaks).

Pint-sized litter sister Chelsea Road, tipping the scales at 23.7 kilograms, kept the winning run intact, albeit narrowly, when finding the front down the back in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) before holding out Just Over to win by a head in 23.88 seconds.

Oemi Allen went to the boxes a $26 chance in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (512 m), a race that included a $1.40 favourite in the form of Jacobite Hammer, trained at Ararat by Doug Hammerstein.

A well-bred daughter of Dyna Nalin and Ferrari Bale, Oemi Allen at one stage had gone 2½ years without a win, Teuma winning his first race with the 4½-year-old fawn bitch in April this year at Tara Raceway.

Early in the race after Jacobite Hammer had found the front it appeared as though the odds-on chance was set for a comfortable win. Meanwhile, Oemi Allen looked under the odds when jumping slowly from box five.

In the end, though, it was Oemi Allen who just kept coming before finishing over the top of Jacobite Hammer for a one length win in 30.60 seconds and wrapping up Paul and Mary Teuma’s memorable day.

Paul Hammerstein and his father Doug with Vanzant after her 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Hammerstein’s son Paul, also of Ararat, was successful with recent purchase Vanzant, an all the way winner over It’s Magic in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (600 m).

With breeding in mind, Vanzant was picked up by Hammerstein last month after having won four races at Gawler, Angle Park and Ballarat.

The brindle bitch is certainly beautifully bred, being by Kinloch Brae out of Betty Baker (Barcia Bale x Raya Riot), a winner of 11 races including a 27.01 seconds run at Horsham when the distance was 480 metres.

And giving the breed a further boost on Saturday night at Wentworth Park was Start A Riot who won the $75,000-to-the-winner Peter Mosman Opal Final (520 m) in 29.78 seconds for Keith Hellmuth.

Start A Riot is by Magic Sprite out of Flash Riot, a litter sister to Betty Baker and also Karen Price’s 16-race winner Headline who has a litter by Peter Rocket approaching breaking-in age.

The line also includes Group 1 winner and Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Rockoon who is a son of Peter Rocket and Raya Riot.

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