Monday, January 14, 2019
While Tara Raceway’s time-graded race meetings, now run on alternate Wednesday afternoons, are predominantly designed for lower class greyhounds – and to keep them in the system longer – there are still those that occasionally slip under the radar.
For example, like Molly’s Wally, now a winner of six races from 55 starts (all at Tara Raceway). According to his trainer, Robert Halliday of Portland, he’s a different dog when he finds the rails – as he did in last Wednesday’s Greyhound-Data.com Stake (512 metres).
“He hadn’t won a race since last October but when he jumped well from box six and was in front on the rails going into the first turn I reckoned he was always going to be hard to beat.”
In fact, Molly’s Wally never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a 7¼ length winner over Sandy Lagoon in 29.94 seconds – a time that would have him competitive in a Sunday afternoon Free For All let alone a Wednesday afternoon grade five event.
Also bred by Halliday, Molly’s Wally is by Spring Gun out of Baurna Molly and a litter brother to Baurna Sal, who as reported last week, recently whelped to Farmor Las Vegas.
An earlier Baurna Molly litter, by Superman, included Cairnlea Deano (13 wins and $46,000 in stakemoney) and Cairnlea Lewis (10, $20,000).
Earlier last Wednesday, Halliday also opened his winning account with Koda Blue who had 9½ lengths to spare on the line over Shadrack in 23.30 seconds in the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m).
A nicely bred son of Barcia Bale x Kokoda Spirit, Koda Blue – out of the winner’s list for 12 months –was having his ninth start for Halliday who took over the dog’s training in October.
The blue dog is a litter brother to Militant Spirit who has won nine races from 21 starts for $26,000 in stakemoney and a half-brother to nine-race winner Spirited Bingle (by Collision) who Halliday has earmarked for a breeding career.
Both Molly’s Wally and Koda Blue backed up at Sunday’s Category 3 meeting with the pair once again scoring impressive wins.
Molly’s Wally, after an early tussle with Pinecutter Pete, ran out a 3½ length winner over Lone Star in 30.33 seconds in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (512 m) while Koda Blue led all the way in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) for a 3¾ length win over Bowled Harro in 23.07 seconds.
A couple of other greyhounds to slip under the radar at the time-graded meeting with quick winning times were Tracie Price’s Banjo Lass, beating the grader with a win in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) in 30.16 seconds and Noel Carthew’s Patchie Thief’s 23.10 seconds win in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m).
As testament to the time-graded system of promoting longevity when it comes to greyhounds’ racing careers, some of last week’s 100-plus runners included Spring Leesa and Standing Bear who have both gone around on 134 occasions, Bank Rogue 113, Mr Perfect 108, Good Yarn 107, Maximum Joan 102 and Ace Gone Wild 100.
And striking a blow for the centenarians was Wade Green’s rising four-year-old Maximum Joan, success in The Border Watch Stake (512 m) bringing up her first win since November 2017.