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Wade’s winning day

Wade Green pictured with his winning treble: Rebel Bowie (left), Funny Enough and Warrior Jake.

Parwan trainer Wade Green landed his second treble this year at Tara Raceway when Rebel Bowie, Warrior Jake and Funny Enough were successful at last Thursday’s Mount Gambier time-graded meeting.

Previously he had led in three winners back on April 8 when successful with Over Load, Black Heel High and Little Tiger.

Giveaway greyhound Rebel Bowie kicked off Green’s big day when leading all the way in the opening event, the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 metres). He eventually ran out a 1¾ lengths winner over Santino Gold in 23.60 seconds.

The fawn dog had been offered to Green at the end of May at Warrnambool after his first eight starts had all resulted in unplaced efforts.

“All told, today was his 17th race start so his first win had been a while coming,” he said. “He’s certainly been a slow improver with quite a bit of work required to get him going well enough to finally win a race.”

A June 2019 whelping, Rebel Bowie is by Fernando Bale out of Wentworth Park winner Maya Herrera who in total won 14 races and close to $50,000 in stakemoney.

After being slowly away from box seven in the 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m), Warrior Jake railed through down the back to take the lead. From then on he was never in any danger of defeat when defeating Premier Slice by 3½ lengths in 30.29 seconds.

Green, who purchased Warrior Jake last September for $1800, said the 37 kilograms son of Cosmic Rumble and Bells Are Ringin loved racing at Tara Raceway.

“He certainly grows an extra leg here. That was evident today considering his outside box draw and the fact that generally he’s much better served when drawing in close.

“Warrior Jake actually reminds me of a dog I had back in 2019 called Conde who loved Tara Raceway and strung together quite a few wins at the track.”

Funny Enough went into the South Eastern Hotel 1-4 Wins Stake (400 m) as a $19 chance, having won on only one previous occasion – at Tara Raceway back in March over 400 metres in a steady 23.90 seconds.

Green picked up the son of Mepunga Blazer and Yanick Allen – a Sandown Park and The Meadows winner – in January for $500 after three unplaced efforts at Wagga over 320 metres.

And no one was more surprised than his owner-trainer when then black dog took the lead turning for home and held on to beat his kennelmate Benefit Summary by 1¾ lengths in 23.92 seconds.

Sharing training honours on the day was Tracie Price with nicely-bred second starter Compton Ruby (My Redeemer x Headline), Velocity Alibi and Rocketline, by Peter Rocket and a half-brother to his first winner.

For the Compton-based Price, Tara Raceway’s leading trainer, the treble was his tenth this year at the local track.

Annette Kampman with Bermuda after his third win in a week.

Meanwhile, Bermuda brought up his third successive win in a week with a dashing display in the Produce Store 1-4 Wins Stake (400 m), leading all the way from box seven to defeat Sloane The Crow by 6½ lengths in 23.35 seconds.

The black dog had won over 400 metres at the previous Thursday meeting for Purdeet trainer Annette Kampman before following up on the Monday at Warrnambool with a 390 metres win. Raced by stock agent Blair O’Toole, Bermuda takes the same name as his owner’s Hawkesdale farm.

Kampman also bred and reared the litter. By Black Bear Lee, the dam is the well-bred Lieu Knee Annie (Barcia Bale x Evie’s Entity), who despite the efforts of seven trainers won only one race from 29 starts.

However, the Evie’s Entity’s litter did also include Billy’s Bake (24 wins, $180,000 stakemoney), Erupt Eve (19 wins) and Gotham Queen (18 wins). That was enough for Kampman to breed a litter with the littermate Lieu Knee Annie when no one else was interested.

The mating has also produced Myola Dawn, the first-ever 305 metres winner at Tara Raceway. That was in January’s Razza Racing maiden series.

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