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Winning run continues for Portland pair

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wins by School Report, Ben Nevis and Joshua Rocks at Tara Raceway last Sunday continued Portland pair Nicole Stanley and Nifty Lenehan’s recent successful run.

For Stanley’s School Report, a son of Barcia Bale and the former versatile bitch Flamin’ Go, the win in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 metres) was his third short-course success from his past four starts.

Ben Nevis defeats Lektra Brandy (No. 8), Dare To Do (4), Black Spring (7) and Cryer’s Plugger (1) in a keenly contested Stake at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And she brought up a double with Ben Nevis, back last month with a new lease of life, making it three wins in succession when defeating the Lenehan-trained Lektra Brandy by a neck with a further neck back to Val and David Brodhurst’s Dare To Do.

By Return The King x Tarks Jewel, Ben Nevis is now racing in the form that saw him win last year’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway, Stanley probably looking at back-to-back cups and in doing so emulating Mojito Mayhem’s 2015-2016 effort.

The Stake (512 m) was a terrific race with Dare To Do, attempting to make it four wins in a row but up in class, giving a great sight all the same for a greyhound picked up for $1100 after having won a maiden at Warragul 12 months ago.

Nifty Lenehan with Joshua Rocks after his win last Sunday.

The lightly-raced Lenehan bred and trained 3½-year-old Joshua Rocks, having only his 18th start in 13 months of racing, turned in a big effort to win the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (512 m).

Last early, the 37 kilogram son of Cosmic Rumble x Obama’s Girl still had plenty of work to do down the back before storming home to defeat Zambora Club by three lengths in 30.26 seconds.

Not bad for a greyhound with a prognosis a short time ago that suggested he might not race again.

“His whole racing career has been a bit that way,” Lenehan said. “Just when you think he’s down for the count he bounces back with another win.

“The trouble is he’s so slow early. I think basically he’s a finish-on-lure dog at Mount Gambier where’s he’s won three races in pretty good fashion but I am thinking of nominating him for a meeting at Horsham next week.”

Lenehan also bred Obama’s Girl’s previous litter, by Kinloch Brae, and is currently rearing two dogs and two bitches (by Fernando Bale) out of Joshua Rocks’ half-sister Herbilly which are now eight months old.

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