Thursday, June 15, 2017
It could be a big couple of days for 22-year-old Woodford trainer Jackson Bell as he chases maiden success in two states with his well-bred litter brothers Kooka Jak and Premier Zed.
Kooka Jak will line up for his seventh start in tomorrow’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway when he contests the Laser Electrical Maiden (512 metres) from box four.
And the black dog looks a good chance of opening his winning account after a solid effort at his first Tara Raceway start on May 28.
Also in box four on that occasion, Kooka Jak was checked soon after box rise and still had plenty of work to do when mid-field down the back before putting in the big strides in the home straight to finish a 1¾ length third behind Trademark Jet in a personal time of 30.76 seconds.
Bred by the late Peter Hubbard, the brothers are by Premier Fantasy out of 19-race winner Cairnlea Ellie, a litter that also includes Angle Park winners Cairnlea Kenny and Cairnlea Ollie along with this year’s Tara Raceway Summer Classic winner Hutch.
A two-time premiership player with Warrnambool in the Hampden Football League, Bell has Premier Zed engaged in the maiden final (525 m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
A finalist in the recent Warrnambool Classic (450 m), Premier Zed, after running second in his heat last week, has drawn box one in the final which carries $5000 to the winner.
GRSA HAPPY WITH TIME-GRADING OUTCOME
Tomorrow’s revamped time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway attracted 12 races with Greyhound Racing SA “pretty happy” with the outcome.
The meeting is the first to be conducted in SA with basically three types of separation – Maidens, 1-4 wins and 5+ wins.
And according to GRSA Racing Manager, Shaun Mathieson, the most important benefit was the collation of “live” data in regard to how the races looked compared to “traditional” grading.
“It’s very much another starting point of where we may end up over the next six to 12 months,” he said.
“But I’m encouraged by how tomorrow’s meeting looks. And it’s worth bearing in mind that we are still in the trial process of all time-grading meetings.”
COUNTRY CUP FINAL AT ANGLE PARK
This year’s SA Country Cup final will be run at Angle Park over 515 metres on Friday, October 13.
There had been a time when the Country Cup final was run at Angle Park but since 2013 it’s been run alternatively at Gawler and Strathalbyn in conjunction with their cups.
The 2017 final will carry $6875 in prizemoney and be run in conjunction with the $107,500 Adelaide Cup.
Heats, with conditions imposed, will be run at Gawler, Strathalbyn, Mount Gambier and Port Augusta with two greyhounds representing each club.
Since the re-introduction of the series in 2013, Mount Gambier has fared well with the Allan Holmes owned and Tracie Price trained Moorak Hope successful at Gawler in that year and Nicole Stanley’s Berry Bling winning at Strathalbyn last year.
STARTING BOXES DUE TO ARRIVE
A set of starting boxes from either Sale or Horsham should soon be at Tara Raceway.
The boxes will allow for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club to be able to once again run trials over 277 metres – a popular distance for trainers with young greyhounds at education stage.
It could also pave the way for the re-introduction of 732 metre racing at Tara Raceway, especially now that 600 metre races allow for the step-up to the extra distance.
At one time, distance racing had always been an integral part of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival – Maccaboy being the last winner in 2014 in a time of 44.25 seconds.
The 732 metre track record stands to the credit of the Robert Britton trained Nellie Noodles who ran 43.45 seconds on March 27, 2011.