Thursday, November 30, 2017
With a winner at Horsham last Saturday and another one at the same track on Tuesday, flamboyant Portland greyhound trainer Brian Weis will be hoping to wrap up a good week at Tara Raceway on Sunday with Xtreme Rush, Xtreme Notice and Xtreme Carnage.
The December 2015 littermates, by Barcia Bale out of seven-race US winner Xtreme Gretel, are owned by Wagga breeder Matt Morris who also has Xtreme Caution and Xtreme Move placed with Weis – all five of the litter having now won races.
Following wins at Warrnambool and Mount Gambier, Xtreme Carnage brought up a hat-trick last Saturday and now looks well-placed to extend the winning streak after drawing box one in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 metres).
Xtreme Rush, a winner in good time over 410 metres on Tuesday, also appears well-placed in box seven in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) while Xtreme Notice – a Warrnambool winner in mid-November – should be hard to beat in the South Eastern Hotel Social Club Stake (512 m).
A significant number of social club members will be at Tara Raceway on Sunday for what is one of their annual functions, this one certainly adding considerably to on-course atmosphere.
Weis, who is enjoying his best year ever as a trainer at Tara Raceway, has now led in 28 winners and currently sits in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list. Another of his greyhounds, Big Rough, is figuring prominently in fourth spot in the Greyhound of the Year.
With only five non-time-graded meetings remaining this year, Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) should create considerable interest from a GOTY point of view – the leading pair set to clash.
Baz’s Moment, on 57 points, continues to lead the way by two over Galactic Viper, the pair drawing boxes four and two respectively in the Open class sprint.
And the race will become even more interesting if Fiorelli Rose can win the prior event – the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) – and take her overall GOTY tally to 58 points.