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Veteran surprises in Feature Grade 5 heats
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Four-year-old Karagiozis will go into Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Feature Grade Five (512 metres) as the oldest finalist after his surprise heat win at last Friday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
The veteran greyhound, which jumped from box seven as a $33.80 chance, was mid-field down the back and stuck to the rails in the home straight when grabbing victory over Thanks Captain by a half length with a further three-quarters of a length to the odds-on favourite Fascinated.
By Premier Fantasy x Seminole, Karagiozis has now strung together 14 wins and 26 minor placings with last Friday’s win in 30.39 seconds his first since May when he was successful over 416 metres at Strathalbyn.
Since June the Nick Tzaferis-owned Karagiozis has been based at Glencoe with Dean Fennell who is the black dog’s fourth trainer after Robert Britton, Brian Weis and Tracie Price had also been successful with him.
The win was Fennell’s 20th at Tara Raceway this year and sees him now sitting in fourth spot on the leading trainers’ list.
With 93 starts to his name, it’s not hard to see where Karagiozis’s durability comes from. His dam Seminole raced on 140 occasions for 18 wins, 37 minor placings and $76,000 in stakemoney while his litter brother Wind Whistler has gone around 110 times for 20 wins, 48 minor placings and almost $200,000 in stakes.
David Peckham’s Thanks Captain continues to race consistently after a four month break while Fascinated, trained at Penshurst by John Cameron, made up plenty of ground in the run home. Also through to the final from the first heat is Cheyenne Black which displayed plenty of early pace to lead until the home turn.
A solid plunge on Elbow Room from box one in the second heat came unstuck when Bushman’s Faith continued on his winning way for WA owner John Turner and Allendale East trainer Connie Miller.
Having his first 512 metre run at Tara Raceway, the son of Magic Sprite and Cin Cin Shiraz took over the running from He’s Innocent down the back before going on to a 2¼ length win over Good Yarn with a further half length to Elbow Room in 30.46 seconds.
In Miller’s kennels for only a month, Bushman’s Faith has now won three races (two previously over 400 metres) from four starts after relocating from Victoria.
Another Penshurst greyhound in Gold Yarn, one of the outsiders of the field, turned in a big effort for owner-trainer John Burow when running home well after being a clear last in the early stages of the race.
And Elbow Room, which didn’t have a lot of luck in running, is also through to the final as is He’s Innocent which should be better for a run on the track.
He’s Innocent is trained at Lewiston by Don Turner who earlier at Friday’s meeting had won with Hotham Flyer. It was a busy time for Turner who the following day was at Port Augusta where he was successful with My Girl Sambia and Marcling.
And after Tuesday afternoon’s draw, the two heat winners look well placed in Sunday’s $2100 final – Karagiozis to jump from the one and Bushman’s Faith in box eight.
A GIFT FOR CRYER’S FRED
Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Fred looks to be the testing material in Sunday’s Life Members Gift which will be run over 512 metres under Free For All conditions.
The Tom Cryer trained son of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget will go into the race from box four on the back of a top 410 metre effort at Horsham on Tuesday night when running second.
Jumping from box seven, Cryer’s Fred was only fairly away and found trouble mid-race before storming home down the long straight to go down by only 1½ lengths to Velobell.
Cryer will now be hoping his star chaser can add to his already outstanding record of 90 starts for 32 wins and 29 minor placings with another win in the Life Members Gift.
Sunday will be third running of the Life Members Gift after 512 metre record holder Thanks Tubby won the 2014 inaugural event in 29.89 seconds, followed last year by Cryer’s Fred.
In what was a keenly-contested race, Cryer’s Fred defeated Thanks Tubby and Upset Boy in a sparkling 29.72 seconds.
This year’s Gift has attracted another classy line-up with Galactic Viper and Shannah’s Might appearing well drawn in boxes one and two respectively while Fear The Rascal, despite drawing box five, has an outstanding record at the track and distance.
Supreme Deal continues to race well and doesn’t have a bad record from box seven. He’s the only life-member trained dog in the race, Ralph Patzel receiving the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. recognition in 2012.
And as a lead-in to Sunday’s feature events, two middle-distance races will further boost what is an excellent 12-race card.
Hay Miss gets her chance to atone for four consecutive second placings in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) while the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake includes proven middle-distance performers Old Jock, Glenville Jester and Andy Jay, along with Homer, a smart 512 metre winner last Friday.