Monday, November 6, 2017
Birthdays were running hot in the Weis family at the weekend. Young Zoe turned six on Saturday while her grandfather Brian, of Portland, was 51 on Sunday – and no doubt hoping to celebrate with another winner after Xtreme Caution had won at Warrnambool on Thursday night.
Big Rough, owned by Noel and Heather Perry, had been racing consistently and while he hadn’t won in a couple of months did look to be one of Weis’s best chances at Sunday’s meeting.
And that’s how the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) panned out with Big Rough quickly finding the front from box two before leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Spring Ripper by 1¾ lengths in 30.17 seconds.
The win was the black dog’s seventh at Tara Raceway this year and gave him the outright lead in the Greyhound of the Year award – well at least for 45 minutes until Baz’s Moment drew level after winning the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) for Baz Bruce and Tracie Price in a brilliant 23.13 seconds.
Weis, who is enjoying a good year at Tara Raceway, has trained 27 winners and currently sits in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list behind Stanley, Price and David Peckham.
His involvement in greyhound racing goes back more than 20 years to when he purchased a brindle and white pup from Robert Duncan, also of Portland and still actively involved in the sport.
“I purchased a pup by Iago out of Road Riot,” Weis recalled on Sunday. “Originally he was called Tupance but it was later discovered that there was a dog with the same name in New Zealand so he became Bart’s Riot.”
Bart’s Riot went on to race on 64 occasions, winning 14 races, including success at Sandown Park. Weis has been hooked ever since.
Meanwhile, grandmother and granddaughter – Connie and Clarissa Miller – successfully combined at Tara Raceway’s Friday meeting with Chilly Kiss, who had been given to Adelaide-based Clarissa by Weis after he had been looking to make room for some more Matt Morris-bred “Xtreme” youngsters.
Chilly Kiss, also bred at Wagga by Morris, went straight to the front from box four, leading all the way in the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) to bring up her first win since July.
And Connie Miller, currently recovering from a recent hip replacement operation, wrapped up a good weekend when Arolok Jax led all the way in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) on Sunday to defeat Sophie’s Moment and Same Scenario in 23.59 seconds.