Thursday, January 3, 2019
Training team Luke Harris and Tammy Kennedy-Harris, based 50 kilometres the other side of Melbourne at Somerville, have recently taken the opportunity to race a few greyhounds at Warrnambool and Mount Gambier while catching up with family at Casterton.
It had been 3½ years since they were last here and close to four years ago that they had been successful at the local track with Yazz, a winner of five races from 102 starts, four of the wins in impressive style at Tara Raceway.
The couple had seven dogs engaged last Sunday but were running out of races by the time Good Odds Ava, Maderra and Disco Lemonade lined up in race 10, the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 metres).
Having her first start for Harris, Maderra, a member of the handy Spring Gun x Taradearra litter, went into the grade five event as a winner of 10 races and quickly rounded up early leader Good Odds Ava before holding out her fast finishing other kennelmate Disco Lemonade to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.68 seconds.
With eight dogs in work, the win wrapped up a pretty good year for Harris, a truck driver, and Kennedy-Harris, who trained something like 30 winners on Victorian tracks during 2018.
And 2019 also started off well for them. Maderra and Disco Lemonade clashed again on Tuesday over 390 metres at Warrnambool, both greyhounds working home well to ultimately run their second quinella in the space of two days.