The win of Millie Bay in the Progreyhoundtips.com Maiden Stake (400 metres) probably passed pretty well unnoticed at Tara Raceway’s race meeting last Sunday afternoon.
Having her fifth start for Portland plasterer-come greyhound owner-trainer Andy Graham, Millie Bay led all the way to defeat Limousine by 2¼ lengths in a time of 23.82 seconds – a couple of lengths outside the standard winning time for the track, distance and grade.
Also bred by her owner-trainer, she’s by Sulzanti, a quick dog that raced on only 12 occasions for seven wins, out of Cee Anna Rose who won six races – including two at The Meadows – and ran nine placings from 18 starts for Graham in 2011.
The Sulzanti litter (whelped in January 2019) was her last after previous matings had produced winners to Collision, Cosmic Chief and Magic Sprite (the sire of Sulzanti).
But as far as Millie Bay is concerned, there’s a bit more to the story.
As Graham tells it, back in February 2020 she was still being reared in a long run with a couple of other similarly-aged and also unnamed youngsters prior to being broken-in.
“I remember thinking at the time that the fawn female had put on a bit of weight but didn’t think much of it. Anyway, not long after I had to take her to the vet on an unrelated matter.
“And it turned out she was in pup, the sire being one of her mates in the same yard – a brindle dog by Zinzan Brooke out of Angle Park distance winner Tahlo.
“I have to say Greyhound Racing Victoria was very good about the whole mix-up. So I named the sire Bad Boy Tex (still unraced) and the dam Millie Bay and registered a litter of three dogs and three bitches after the subsequent whelping in March 2020.”
And it’s probably fair to say that there is even more uncertainty than usual surrounding this litter as it now approaches breaking-in age.
But forever the optimist, Andy Graham continues to remain unfazed as he quite rightly points out: “You never know where a good one’s coming from.”