Former Victorian greyhound Ton Eighty, in Mount Gambier with trainer Tracie Price after falling foul of Sandown Park stewards last month, didn’t put a foot wrong when having his second start at Tara Raceway last Thursday.
He certainly improved on his first-up fourth of the previous week when leading all the way in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m) to defeat kennelmate Wan Chai by seven lengths in 30.05 seconds.
Previously a winner at Warragul and Geelong, Ton Eighty is owned by the Odds And Evens Syndicate which comprises Gary and Phil Micallef, the brothers several years ago associated with Price through their bitch Lyon Rose.
Lyon Rose, a daughter of Razldazl Jayfkay and New Year’s Punch, won races at Mount Gambier and Strathalbyn for Price. In fact, she represented Strathalbyn in the 2016 SA Country Cup.
Ton Eighty is a continuation of the line, being by Barcia Bale out of Sweet Barbados, herself a winner of 11 races and $60,000 in stakemoney and also a daughter of New Year’s Punch.
Price said the idea of getting the black dog over to Mount Gambier was to take advantage of Tara Raceway’s finish-on-lure. “This track is one of very few in Australia that uses the FOL and it has turned around the fortunes of many greyhounds in the past,” he said.
Another dog to recently enter Price’s Compton kennels is Credent who led all the way on debut to defeat kennelmate Youngs Lane by six lengths in the Williams Crane Hire Maiden Stake (277 m) in the good time of 16.27 seconds.
By Allen Deed, the winner is out of the unraced Flitter – a member of the handy Cosmic Rumble x Indigo Gem litter – and was bred and is owned by Janet Cottrell who runs the Casbrakay Kennels at Pearcedale with Dave Knocker.
According to Price, Credent, a November 2018 whelping, had broken-in really well but hadn’t been really sure of things once hitting the race track.
“Janet and Dave suggested he have a stint over here behind the FOL and I was really pleased with his effort today.”