Wednesday, March 28, 2018
While the pint-sized Cryer’s Midget has now been re-homed through the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), and her first litter (by Spring Gun) has been retired, the 2011 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year still continues to produce regular winners at Tara Raceway.
All told, the 24 kilogram daughter of Texas Gold x Shady Grove Fox whelped three litters – two to Spring Gun and the other one to Spud Regis – resulting so far in 11 individual winners that collectively have been successful on 115 occasions over the past three years.
And at Tara Raceway last weekend two of Cryer’s Midget’s offspring were successful for Apsley couple Tom and Margaret Cryer – Cryer’s Sid at Friday’s time-graded meeting while Cryer’s Harper became the first of the Spud Regis litter to win when successful on the Sunday.
A $19 chance, Cryer’s Sid surprised even his connections when leading all the way in The Border Watch Stake (512 metres), eventually defeating Dimora Bekim by 2¼ lengths in a personal best time of 30.23 seconds.
Cryer’s Harper, having only her second race start, also led all the way in Sunday’s JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m), defeating Design A Dream by 4½ lengths in 23.37 seconds and becoming only the second bitch from the three Cryer’s Midget’s litters to win a race.
Whelped on April 25, 2016, Cryer’s Harper’s litter came about after Cryer’s Midget’s first mating with Spring Gun produced – among others – Cryer’s Ricky, winner of the 2015 Spud Regis Summer Classic.
The Summer Classic also included a service to the Group 1 winning Spud Regis, with Tom Cryer later deciding to use the service for Cryer’s Midget’s final litter.
Other winning services in recent times to be taken advantage of include Lektra Kelly’s win in the 2016 Fireball (600 m) which resulted in Phil Lenehan using Destini Fireball for a litter out of Lektra Angie, the dam of Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Lektra Stomp.
And Robert Halliday bred a litter by General Destini out of Guru Doll after Hutch won last year’s General Destini Summer Classic.
Later in the day, Sweet Spud brought up three winners for Spud Regis at the weekend’s meetings after taking the lead off Problem Solved approaching the home turn and then holding out Return The Love to win the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (400 m) by a half length in 23.37 seconds.
Bred by Craig Davis of Murrabit, the winner is out of four-race winner Sweet Shine and trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who on Friday had been successful with Sweet Spud’s litter sister Jan’s Star – a big winner over Chavasse by 7¾ lengths in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m).
Spud Regis, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Phiona, won 18 races and more than in $450,000 in prizemoney, his last win actually being at Tara Raceway on July 13, 2014 when he defeated Twistex over 400 metres in a quick 22.97 seconds.
Stanley’s Mount Gambier Cup runners Joshy Wink Wink and Verev, who actually made the final after running second to Lektra Stomp in a heat in track record time, looked well placed in their respective races at the weekend – the former back to a grade six 512 metre non-penalty and putting in a big run to win the Greyhound-Data.com Stake in 30.13 seconds.
It was a couple of productive days for the My Bro Fabio x Lollipop Bling litter with Sweet Sparkle also successful the following night over 520 metres at Cranbourne.
And Verev, who had been trialling well leading into the cup, led all the way in Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m), the son of General Destini holding off the fast-finishing Bomber Creek to win by 1½ lengths in 30.18 seconds.