Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Uptown Man, a half-brother to Tara Raceway 512 metres record holder Thanks Tubby, made an impressive debut last Friday afternoon when winning the Trackside Meats Stake (400 metres) – the first heat of a maiden series.
Away well from box four, the David Peckham trained February 2015 whelping led all the way to defeat another first starter in Kevin Mugavin’s Another Value by 3¼ lengths in a more than handy maiden time of 23.36 seconds.
Peckham also guided Thanks Tubby (by Superman) to 20 wins over three distances at Tara Raceway including a still-standing record of 29.60 seconds on June 1, 2014.
Owned by the breeder, Ben Murphy of Fulham Gardens, Uptown Man is from a repeat mating by El Grand Senor x Irish Fantasy with the first litter producing smart type Senor Socks.
According to Peckham, who reared Uptown Man from a four-month-old pup at Allendale East, the black dog broke-in with a “Thursday night Angle Park” rating although he’s not getting too excited just yet.
“He’d been trialling pretty well leading into the race,” he said. “But we’ll get more of a guide on him when he’s tried over 512 metres.”
The win was the first leg of a double for Peckham who ended the year on a good note after Cosmic Lacey, appreciating the drop back to Pathway class, led all the way in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m) for a six length win in 23.27 seconds.
Ben Murphy’s involvement in breeding goes back a fair way and can in fact be traced back to the former Queenslander Perfect Bart who created a huge impression at his first Victorian start at Bendigo, also last Friday, when easily winning over 425 metres in 23.39 seconds – a fair effort considering Fernando Bale holds the track record at 23.38.
In 2004 Murphy had bred a litter by Token Prince x True Angel which included a bitch, later to race as Gorgas, who ended up with Steve Boody in Coominya, Queensland where she won 17 races, the majority being on country tracks in the north of the state.
And in what was a win 12 years in the making, Gorgas later whelped three litters with one of the offspring being Perfect Thrill who when mated with Knocka Norris produced last Friday’s near-record winner at Bendigo.
LADY MAKES UP FOR LOST TIME
Well-bred bitch Lady Shannah, having only her fourth race start, made up for lost time when winning the Gambier Vets Stake, the first heat of a maiden series over 512 metres.
Owned by Don Nunn and trained by Tracie Price, the black bitch led all the way from box one to run out a comfortable 3½ length winner over Gee She Roks in 30.34 seconds.
By Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star, Lady Shannah is a sister to proven performers Fear The Rascal, Shannah’s Might and Fear Helvetia but as Price explained the now 3½-year-old has endured a rocky start to her racing career.
“She broke a toe as a pup and didn’t come into the kennel until September,” he said. “She ran second on debut then came on season and didn’t get back onto the track until earlier this month.”
Price said Nunn was hoping the May 2013 black bitch could now go on with the job as she is the only bitch in what is a successful litter and at a later date he’s keen to breed with her.
Meanwhile, Price reports that Cee Me Burst, winner of the 2015 Winter Classic at Tara Raceway, has whelped a litter of eight to Cosmic Rumble.
By Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya, Cee Me Burst, a winner of eight races, is a litter sister to Smart Missile who won 12 races from only 26 starts for more than $64,000 in stakemoney.
MARCLING, LIL ARTHUR BACK AMONG THE WINNERS
The year ended well for seasoned chasers Marcling and Lil Arthur when they turned in best of day performances over 512 metres and 400 metres.
For Marcling, it was his first win in three months and his first in three starts at Tara Raceway for Serviceton owner-trainer David Brodhurst who recently purchased the son of Lochinvar Marlow x Clinga from Adelaide for a four-figure sum.
A chance scratching saw the black dog make every post a winner after gaining a run as a reserve from box two – finding the front going out of the first turn before holding off a fast-finishing Penny Eagle to win by 3¼ lengths in 30.00 seconds.
Brodhurst ended the year with 22 winners, his best-ever effort at Tara Raceway.
Mount Gambier owner-trainer Ken Feltus continues to do well with his small team – Lil Arthur being his latest success at the local track.
By Cosmic Chief x Ocean Magic, Lil Arthur hadn’t won for seven months but raced with renewed vigour in The Border Watch Masters Stake (400 m) when taking the lead off the back and powering away to a 9¾ length win in 23.20 seconds.
The February 2013 black dog’s winning time was well under the Masters time standard of 23.50 seconds which means he will have to run unplaced on two occasions before being considered again for the veteran-class events.
In Mount Gambier for only a few weeks, Lil Arthur’s win follows on from Cool Whipp and Playmaster – two other former interstate greyhounds that found success at Tara Raceway after joining Feltus’s kennels.
SUNRISE’S TIMELY WIN
Cee Sunrise’s win in the Metal Worx Pathway heat (400 m) came at a good time as far as Portland owner-trainer Andy Graham was concerned.
Always on the pace, the black bitch railed through on the home turn before striding away to an easy 4¼ length win over Carrara Lad in 23.42 seconds – well under the Pathway time standard.
By Cosmic Chief, Cee Sunrise – a winner of five races from 18 starts – is out of Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz x Senni Wendy, who won six races from only 18 starts and almost $20,000 in stakemoney.
And Graham recently mated Cee Anna Rose for a third time – this time to Magic Sprite.
In the Laser Electrical Stake (512 m) Cee Sunrise’s older half-brother Ocean Bay (by Collision) gave plenty of cheek when chasing Podium Time throughout to go down by 1¾ lengths in 30.18 seconds.