Thursday, March 7, 2019
Cundare North greyhound trainers Cristina Gason and Kevin Quinn, regulars at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meetings, were on the warpath on Wednesday when Aztec Warrior and Misty Warrior scored narrow wins to give the training team their first double at the Mount Gambier track.
Aztec Warrior went into the Gambier Vets Stake (400 metres) looking to boost his winning strike rate after having won only one race – at Healesville last August – from 48 starts, the fawn dog being transferred into Gason’s name only last week after Quinn had previously been listed as the trainer.
But Aztec Warrior broke the drought after a stirring battle in the home straight saw him gain the verdict by a nose over Chelsea Road in a personal best time of 23.82 seconds.
By Still Just Under, the winner is out of Cosmic Don, a 23 kilogram bitch that now resides at Cundare North, won one race from 57 starts, and was bred at Mount Moriac by Kevin Ward who was successful in the final race on Wednesday, the Fairthorne Forestry Stake, with Ace Gone Wild.
Aztec Warrior, who was reared by the couple, is part of a 10-dog team that takes Gason and Quinn to tracks all over Victoria and into South Australia in their quest for a winner.
Later in the day, in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), rank outsider Misty Warrior settled in third spot behind Gold Gem and Janray Mazel Tov before finishing over the top of the early leader to win by a nose for Quinn in 23.61 seconds, also a personal best.
Misty Warrior, now a winner of three races, is by Hawk Alone, winner of the 2014 Group 1 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows and $330,000 in stakemoney. Quinn has also won five races with Misty Warrior’s litter brother Topaz Warrior, successful last month at Bendigo over 500 metres.
Training honours for the day went the way of Tony Hinrichsen who continued his good year at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meetings with a treble – his third overall at the track after three winners in May and June last year.
Based at Monarto South, Hinrichsen’s day kicked off well in the opening race, the Laser Electrical Mixed Stake (600 m), when San Tan Sam, made it four wins from five starts at Tara Raceway after finishing too strongly for It’s Magic and Spinning Jakit to win in 35.84 seconds.
The Produce Store Stake (512 m) was no trouble for the beautifully bred Trouble Waters (Fernando Bale x Hopes Up), giving Hinrichsen his second winner when leading all the way to defeat Kracka Barcia by 5½ lengths in 30.51 seconds.
And bringing up the treble was Filthy Phantom, at start number 100 winning his 13th race when leading all the way to defeat Don’s Machine, who races well at the track, by 1¾ lengths in 23.28 seconds.
Wednesday’s treble gave the widely-travelled Hinrichsen, also the president of the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club, his seventh winner at Tara Raceway this year and had him keen to further promote relations between the two tracks.
He said he would be bringing up with his committee the possibility of liaising with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club with a view to the introduction of an annual Inter-track Challenge, alternating over 455 metres at Murray Bridge and 512 metres at Tara Raceway.
“Hopefully we could get Greyhound Racing SA on board to allocate extra money for the series which would include four greyhounds from both tracks,” he said.
Meanwhile, seasoned track watchers were calling for the fire brigade after a brindle dog set the track alight at Tuesday morning’s trial session at Tara Raceway.
Going around over 400 metres in trial number nine, the dog clocked 22.74 seconds with splits of 10.72 seconds and 12.02 seconds.
To put the run in perspective, although this was a solo trial, the current 400 metre track record is 22.78 seconds which was set three years ago by Cryer’s Ricky.
And one of the highlights of Sunday’s meeting will be the grade five final (512 m) with Mount Gambier Cup contender Rose Ali, trained by the in-form David Peckham, looking to be the one to beat.