Monday, May 15, 2017
Wins by McIvor Neville and Blazin’ Vicky in the middle-distance events at Tara Raceway on Sunday wrapped up a big week for Moyston greyhound trainer Peter Franklin and also Cap Abbott of Edenhope.
Turned out a treat by Franklin, McIvor Neville was a $2.80 favourite for the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 metres) and although slowly away from box four the fawn son of Bella Infrared and Blonde Caviar was in front by the time the field raced into the back straight.
From then on, favourite punters were always on good terms with themselves as McIvor Neville powered away to eventually win by 8¾ lengths in 35.31 seconds, a time bettered only once this year – by Gargle It in 35.15 seconds on March 10.
The win followed success for owner Barry Priest and Franklin at Bendigo on Wednesday when McIvor Neville’s litter sister McIvor Verna displayed her ability to also run over a bit of ground with an impressive win as a $1.80 favourite in a testing 660 metres 0 to 4 wins event in 37.95 seconds.
In fact, so impressive was her win that Priest later refused an offer for the 30 kilogram fawn bitch who won her maiden at Tara Raceway last month when defeating seasoned performer Cryer’s Jack in a Mixed 3/4/5 Stake over 600 metres.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Franklin said he was now considering taking McIvor Neville, a winner of five races from 13 starts, to Angle Park.
“With his tendency to get well back early in his races I reckon he could be suited to the 731 metres at Angle Park where more often than not these types of races are run with smaller fields.”
Blazin’ Vicky put in a determined effort in the following event, the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m), finding the front early and then defying all challengers – and there were plenty of them – to run her down.
A $17 chance, the daughter of Razldazl Jayfkay and New Year’s Punch held on to defeat Stylish Pursuit by a neck with Cryer’s Jack a similar margin back in third spot in a time of 35.55 seconds.
At Angle Park last week, Blazin’ Vicky had taken the lead down the back straight in a 515 metre event before running away to a 7¼ length win at the nice odds of $26.
And Abbott was also serving up longshot winners at Strathalbyn last Friday when $20 chance Judge Jed won a grade six final over 416 metres by 3½ lengths in 24.37 seconds.
Meanwhile, later in the day, Miss Legality brought up her third successive win at Tara Raceway when leading all the way in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 m).
Raced by local owners Dion Pannenburg and Lyle Radan, and trained at Tarpeena by David Williams, Miss Legality clocked a smart 30.11 seconds to win what was a pretty handy grade six affair.
By Red Lesta x Rellim Lilly, the black bitch is a litter sister to Print The Money, who Pannenburg also has a share in through his involvement with the Southern Bar Boys Syndicate.
Trained in Victoria by Michelle Mallia-Magri, Print The Money won a heat last week of a Restricted Win (520 m) at Cranbourne and has drawn box seven in Wednesday night’s final.
MARSHMAN AIMS FOR ANOTHER FEATURE WIN
Heathmere trainer Garry Marshman is now looking to head to Bendigo on Friday with Shotgun Doll after her win in Sunday’s Allestree Holiday Units Feature Grade Five final (400 m).
A $1.65 favourite on the strength of an impressive heat win and drawing box one in the final, Shotgun Doll led all the way to score by three-quarters of a length over the consistent Baz’s Moment with Fascinated a further two lengths back in third spot in a time 23.31 seconds.
The daughter of Collision and Flaming Doll has now won nine races and close to $17,000 in stakemoney for Marshman and fellow part-owner Clinton Jonasson of Warracknabeal.
Marshman hopes to build on that stakemoney when Shotgun Doll runs in a heat of a GRV Vic Bred Series over 425 metres at Bendigo on Friday and then hopefully qualifies for Friday week’s $3050-to-the-winner final.
Shotgun Doll’s half-sister Smouldering Doll (by Bekim Bale), a winner at The Meadows, is in pup to Magic Sprite and is due to whelp later this month at Warracknabeal.
NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THIS WIN
Long-time trainer Connie Miller, of Allendale East, landed her first winner this year when prolific placegetter Suspicious Col brought up his second win in 32 starts in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m).
By Dyna Tron out of multiple Angle Park winner Suspicious Tina, the lightly-framed black dog railed through down the back to take the lead after an average start from box six before comfortably holding out Oddball Quick and Money Monster for a 23.51 seconds win.
Miller, who took over Suspicious Col last month after Rebecca Smith and Lizzie Boers had previously trained the 27 kilogram dog, said he wasn’t the greatest of kennel dogs.
“But they’re always a bit more tolerable after they win a race,” she said.
Sunday’s win was her first since Bushman’s Faith had been successful at Tara Raceway on December 18 last year.
And Miller’s now looking forward to soon having Bushman’s Faith back racing after winning seven races at the local track last year with the son of Magic Sprite x Cin Cin Shiraz.