Thursday, May 11, 2017
Greyhound transport services catering for the South East have come and gone over the years with participants more often than not hamstrung by a lack of a reliable means of moving their greyhounds in and out of the region.
As such, they welcomed the announcement last week of the newly-introduced On The Lure Transport which is run by Lance Simpson.
Simpson, who also works for Palmer trainer Michael Stewart, was at Tara Raceway last Sunday and outlined plans for the new service which also includes the transportation of straws.
“It’s been a while coming but we’d been waiting on delivery of our new eight-dog air-conditioned trailer. Anyway, we’re up and running with a weekly service from SA to Victoria via Mount Gambier now operational.
“On The Lure Transport, which will offer a safe and reliable service, certainly looks forward to working in with South East owners and trainers who for some time now have been crying out for a means of transporting their greyhounds.”
Ostensibly at Tara Raceway to handle several Stewart-trained dogs, Simpson took the opportunity to promote On The Lure Transport while at the same time leading in a winner for Stewart – Queen Rachel in the Gambier Vets Stake (600 metres).
Well drawn in box eight, Queen Rachel, who had won over 591 metres at Port Augusta last month, used plenty of the track throughout but still had plenty in reserve when finishing powerfully to defeat Big Rough by 2¼ lengths in 35.75 seconds.
Owned at Woodcroft by Paul Chester, Queen Rachel, who has now won four races, was purchased as a maiden late last year from the Dailly Greyhound Farms in Victoria.
Racecaller Ray Fewings was touting her as an ideal 732 metre type after the win and he could be on the money judging by her pedigree – Barcia Bale out of Queen Bluebird who is from the Bombastic Shiraz x Winsome Bluebird litter that also includes former champion stayer Miata.
The win completed a couple of good days for Stewart who on the Saturday had won the Whyalla Cup (591 m) in 35.97 seconds at Port Augusta with 129-start veteran Scottish Thistle, a daughter of Cosmic Chief and Flying Molly.
For On The Lure Transport enquiries, Lance Simpson can be contacted on 0412 415 529.
AN INTERESTING FIRST STARTER
An interesting first starter at Tara Raceway on Sunday is the Nicole Stanley trained Vision Of Beauty who will jump from box one in the Berringa Park Maiden Stake (512 m).
By Return The King, the March 2015 black bitch is out of the widely-travelled Jean Jeannie who raced on 41 occasions for 17 wins, 12 minor placings and more than $82,000 in prizemoney.
An SA-bred daughter of Surf Lorian x Flickering Lady, Jean Jeannie won 14 races on SA and Victorian tracks in 2009 before her owner returned to the UK and took her with him.
In the hands of legendary trainer Charlie Lister, she raced in the UK on six occasions during April-July 2010 for one win and five minor placings before resuming racing at the end of the year in Australia where she won a further two races in early 2011 at Warrnambool (650 m) and Sandown Park (715 m).
Stanley has enjoyed previous success with the Jean Jeannie breed, winning the 2014 John Reid Memorial at Tara Raceway with Eylandt Princess (by Bekim Bale).
Meanwhile, Peter Franklin’s cups king Mojito Mayhem returns to his favourite track on the back of a six length third to Barry Bomber over 500 metres at Bendigo last Friday.
He’ll take on Blitz And Bolt, a tearaway leader in the Greyhound of the Year, in the Rock’s Retreat Free For All (512 m). Adding further interest to the race will be Zuma Creek who lost no friends with his excellent second behind Blitz And Bolt last Sunday.