Monday, March 26, 2018
It was quite the family affair at Tara Raceway when litter brothers Well Done Woody and Andrew’s Gift ran the quinella in Friday’s opening race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m).
The winner is raced by Ben Price while his sister, Sarah, is the owner of the runner-up, with their father Tracie training the two black March 2016 dogs out at Compton.
Well Done Woody came into the race not having run a place at his only six starts but after a quick getaway from box seven he never looked like being beaten, eventually defeating Andrew’s Gift, who worked home well, by 5½ lengths in a pretty handy maiden time of 30.16 seconds.
The brothers are by the Irish sire Paradise Madison, a son of the Australian bred Head Bound (Head Honcho x Sobbing Sal), and Paradise Alanna while their dam is eight-race winner Black Traminer, a daughter of a US Southland Derby winner in Hondo Black.
Paradise Madison, rated as the fastest greyhound over 525 yards in Ireland, has a handful of litters on the ground in Australia.
Well Done Woody and Andrew’s Gift found their way down to the South-East in January this year via NSW breeder Andrew Varasdi who believed the pair would be well-placed with Price after his previous success with half-sister Banjo Queen.
It was a good start for Price, who made it a double for the day a couple of races later in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden (400 m) with Another Scenario, an all the way winner at only her second start in 23.50 seconds.
And by the time the last race had been run at Sunday’s meeting, the current leading local trainer had accumulated seven winners for the weekend – Teddy La Moment, Penny La Moment, Bekim Lucy’s, Gangster Of Love and Hopalong adding to Friday’s double.
Kicking off Sunday’s five-win day in wet and windy conditions was Teddy La Moment, another one having only his second start, impressing with a 10½ length win in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden (400 m) in 23.56 seconds.
Penny La Moment, a daughter of Nolen x Penny La Plume and a litter sister to Teddy La Moment, led all the way in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) while Bekim Lucy’s, after being forced very wide on the second turn, made up many lengths to run down kennel mate Goldie’s Run to win the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (600 m) by three-quarters of a length in 35.89 seconds.
Penny La Moment and Bekim Lucy’s are part-owned by local greyhound stalwart Michael Robinson who races the former in partnership with Kerry Hawker and seven-race 600 metre winner Bekim Lucy’s, a daughter of Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, with Willie Vossen.
Gangster Of Love added to his outstanding record from box one when leading all the way for a comfortable 5¼ length win in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) in a best of day 23.07 seconds
The Open 400 metre sprints are always keenly-contested affairs and Sunday’s The Produce Store Stake was no exception, with Hopalong just getting the nod over Oh No Beta and Scorpion in a terrific three-way go.
Price has now trained 35 winners at Tara Raceway this year while Portland trainer Nicole Stanley’s four for the weekend – Jan’s Star, Joshy Wink Wink, Verev and Sweet Spud – took her tally to 18.