Wednesday, June 14, 2017
It’s fair to say that enigmatic greyhound Turbo Road’s year kicked off pretty well when in early January he flew around Warrnambool’s 450 metres in a blistering 24.99 seconds.
But by the end of that month he had pulled up in a race at Sandown Park; by the first week of February he was at Portland and in the kennels of leading trainer Nicole Stanley who would have been hoping for a change of attitude in Turbo Road behind Tara Raceway’s finish-on-lure.
And while he picked up a couple of 400 metre wins at the local track in April and May, it wasn’t until last Sunday, in the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five final (512 m), that he once again displayed some of that 24.99 form.
Into the final on the back of a narrow second to Swift Limes at the previous meeting’s heats, he went straight to the front from box two, eventually running out a 5¼ length winner over Valoshore with a further 1¼ lengths back to an improving Shore’s Last in a quick 29.75 seconds.
By Oaks Road out of Full Noise Turbo, a winner of 10 races including middle-distance and distance races at Angle Park and Sandown Park, Turbo Road is from a more than handy litter that includes Hit The Highway, Hit The Runway (who won twice at Tara Raceway when being trained by Stanley), Our Turbo Boy, Rig Fifty Five and Vostok.
Also in the litter is Tiger Bite Turbo who spent a week at the vets and two months of rest following a tiger snake bite at 14 months of age.
Twelve months after the bite he won a Geelong maiden prior to being transferred to Stanley’s kennels in early April.
And after a fourth behind Summer Raine over 400 metres at Tara Raceway earlier this month, Tiger Bite Turbo won at Warrnambool last Thursday prior to Turbo Road’s success in the $1520-to-the-winner final on Sunday afternoon.
Turbo Road will now race tomorrow night at Warrnambool where he has drawn box one in a grade five 450 metre event while Tiger Bite Turbo has drawn box seven in a 390 metre mixed 6/7.
CITY SUCCESS FOR LOCAL GREYHOUND
The locally-owned Blitz And Bolt made a successful Adelaide debut on Monday night when successful over 515 metres at Angle Park.
Having his first race start at the city track, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Moonshine Sally found himself well back early from box three before railing hard down the back and finishing strongly for a three length win in 30.10 seconds.
Owned at Allendale East by Connie Miller and David Peckham, in partnership with the Viking Syndicate, Blitz And Bolt is now being trained at McLaren Vale by Terry Cahalan after Peckham had won 10 races with the black dog at Tara Raceway.
Formerly owned by the Pringle family of Clergate in NSW, Blitz And Bolt was purchased for $1500 by the partnership after his first three wins.
Such has been his form this year at the local track that even though he hasn’t raced at Tara Raceway since early May he still leads the Greyhound of the Year award with seven wins, four seconds and two thirds – one point clear of Stylish Pursuit.
Not that Blitz And Bolt is likely to be back in town anytime soon judging by Monday night’s effort.
“We were really pleased with the effort,” Peckham said. “He was racing under lights for the first time and found a bit of trouble early so he should be able to find further improvement yet.
“Members of the Viking Syndicate were obviously on-course to support him with race-caller Tim Edwards making mention on air of the vocal support from downstairs that the dog received during the race.”