Thursday, August 18, 2016
It’s now been almost three years since David and Toni Jones’s Twistex appeared for the first time at Tara Raceway where he finished a close-up second to Explosive Arrow over 400 metres at what was his second race start.
Last Friday, the black dog was back in Mount Gambier for the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (400 m), having raced a further 164 times since that October afternoon back in 2013.
So, with not too many racing greyhounds hitting the 100-start mark, Twistex’s record after race 12 stood at 167 starts for 29 wins and 45 minor placings – a real testament to his tenacity and durability.
By Dyna Lachlan out of Victorian city winner Avery Bale, he’s been at the Jones’s Devon Meadows property since day one.
“We actually whelped the litter for the owners,” David Jones recalled this week. “But it was only by pure chance that we happened to end up with Twistex.
“We had picked out a pup to purchase from the litter but it turned out the owners wanted to keep him so we had to make another choice.”
But the rising 4½-year-old is soon to embark on a different sort of journey.
“We currently have our property on the market and by Christmas we’re hopeful that we’ll be hitting the highway in a motor home and travelling around Australia,” Jones said.
“And yes, Twistex will be making the trip with us.”
CONFUSION OVER TRACK RECORD
Unsub Andy’s 600 metre track record at Tara Raceway will continue to be recognised by the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.
Owned and trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Unsub Andy lowered Miss Jacovella’s previous record when clocking 35.04 seconds on March 11 this year.
However, confusion has arisen since the running of the Koroit 600 which was conducted on Sunday, June 26 and won by the Jeff Guy trained Brazen Bomber.
Due to a timing malfunction for that race, Brazen Bomber’s winning time was posted as a hand-timed 35.33 seconds.
But Greyhound Racing SA has Brazen Bomber winning the race in a hand-timed 35 seconds and now lists this time on its website and in all official form as the track record.
MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that he was trying to resolve the issue of the two track records for the same distance with GRSA.
“I’ve been in touch with GRSA stewards in regard to the anomaly but I’m still waiting for an explanation as to where this 35 seconds time actually came from.
“We don’t accept any hand times as track records so as far as we are concerned Unsub Andy’s 35.04 seconds is still the 600 metre track record.”
FIRST CITY WIN FOR THE RASCAL
Locally owned and trained fast-class performer Fear The Rascal won his first city race when defeating kennelmate Skatey Perry over 515 metres in a good 29.94 seconds at Angle Park on Monday night.
By Fear Zafonic out of Shannah’s Star, Fear The Rascal has now won 15 races and recorded 16 minor placings from 39 starts for Mingbool breeder-owner Don Nunn and trainer Tracie Price of Compton.
And Price was back at Angle Park for the Wednesday afternoon meeting with boom youngster Blazing Moment which recently won on debut at Tara Raceway.
The 37 kilogram son of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment was slowly away from box six in a grade six 515 metre event but found the front turning into the back straight before running out a 3¾ length winner in a near best of the day 30.15 seconds.