With border restrictions currently impacting on the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s two-meetings a week schedule at Tara Raceway, travelling South Australian trainers have once again thrown their support behind the club.
Following the cancellation of the Sunday, May 30 meeting, SA trainers from Lewiston, Langhorne Creek, Callington and Gifford Hill subsequently rallied to the cause.
Support was forthcoming from trainers such as the Trengove family, Kevin Bewley, Don Turner, Tony and Lisa Rasmussen, Tony Hinrichsen, Yvonne King, Wendy Sebastyan and Derek Anderson.
As a result, two solid 12-race meetings were able to be programmed for last Thursday and Sunday.
For the first eight races on last Thursday’s card the visitors did pretty well.
Clint and Shelley Trengove were successful with For Five Seconds and Daniel Sun. Don Turner’s Indeed and Cheque Money ran the quinella in race six. And Tony Rasmussen landed a treble with Cawbourne Wolf, Cash Or Cheque and Cash Currency.
Then it was time for leading local trainer Tracie Price, based just around the corner at Compton, to step in. He won the final four races with Tandiki, Sonic Sammy, Smokey River and Velocity Alibi.
Impressing on debut in the Trackside Meats Maiden Stake (400 metres) was For Five Seconds who finished over the top of the speedy Miss Sniper in the home straight to score by 2¼ lengths in 23.44 seconds.
In the Trengove kennels since last month, the daughter of Fernando Bale and Lady Capulet is raced by her breeder, Colin Brennan of Ross Creek.
The March 2019 litter has kicked off quite well. Also having won are Bella Sweet and Birdie Bound at Gawler, Mono Chromatic twice at Ballarat and, two days after For Five Seconds’ win, Siren Head was successful at Ballarat.
The Turner-bred and trained Indeed was an impressive winner of the Produce Store 5+Wins Stake (512 m). Leading all the way, she defeated kennelmate Cheque Money by 7¼ lengths in a quick 29.67 seconds.
Raced by the trainer’s wife Gail, Indeed is by Allen Deed out of Roxy Rolla, a winner of eight races at Angle Park (including 600 m and 731 m), along with wins at Mount Gambier and Port Augusta for the Turners.
Turner’s last success at Tara Raceway was back in February when he won with All Show and later in the day with Under Study in a heat of the Summer Classic. The following week he scored with Cheque Money.
And he still has fond memories of that Friday afternoon back in March 2013 when his dog Colville won the Mount Gambier Cup for local trainer Allen Williams.
Former NSW/Victorian greyhound Cash Currency opened his SA winning account when bringing up Rasmussen’s treble in the Winningformula.net.au 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m).
Having his first start at the track, Cash Currency was only fairly away from box six but quickly mustered pace to be in front soon after turning into the back straight.
From then on, the black dog was never in any danger of defeat, eventually running out a 5¾ lengths winner over Compton Brett in a time of 30.04 seconds.
Cash Currency, now a three-state winner, certainly lacks for nothing as far as breeding is concerned, the April 2018 whelping being by Collision out of Uno Suzie. A winner of 23 races and $131,000 in stakemoney, Uno Suzie won the 2015 Group 3 Canberra Cup (530 m).
Last Thursday’s treble had been Rasmussen’s best day at Tara Raceway since August 6 last year when he had been successful with Cawbourne Toe, Viking Vince, Buddy Guy and Hot Sambuca.
Meanwhile, Price’s somewhat belated start to the day kicked off in blistering fashion with Tandiki’s all the way win in the Williams Crane Hire 5+Wins Stake (600 m).
Suited by the small field, the white and black daughter of Peter Rocket and Headline was never going to be beaten, eventually running out a 5¼ lengths winner over Close Your Eyes in a personal best time of 34.90 seconds.
Probably taking pride of place on the day, though, as far as Tracie and Karen Price were concerned, was the win of Smokey River in the Rock’s Tavern 1-4Wins Stake (400 m).
Chasing his first win in three months, the son of Dyna Double One and Pintail was last early before storming home for a head win over Another Cadillac in 23.30 seconds.
Smokey River is owned at Hotspur by Robin Young who purchased the black dog as a pup from breeder Karen Price.
“Robin’s battling some pretty serious health issues at the moment,” she said after last Thursday’s win. “I’m sure today’s terrific win will be a real boost for him.”