Friday, January 3, 2020
It’s taken a couple of years but 22-year-old Matt Basto landed his first winner yesterday when Sky Show was successful in the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.
Based at Manor Lakes – just down the road from Werribee – this was Basto’s third trip to Tara Raceway, Sky Show having put the writing on the wall for her first win when running a promising second at the Boxing Day meeting.
And while there’s not a lot of her – 24.3 kilograms at her last weigh-in – the white and black bitch quickly put herself in yesterday’s race with a quick get away from box one, losing the lead down the back to Dodgy Digger before running home strongly to score by a length in 23.61 seconds.
For the young media studies student, the win had made for a better start to the year than 2019 when his giveaway greyhound spent the better part of seven months sidelined due to a broken toe.
“To be honest, when she did return to racing she was finding the going pretty tough on Victorian tracks so late last year we decided to have a try at Mount Gambier. I’m certainly glad we did because the win was a tremendous thrill,” Basto said.
A big thrill also for his travelling companions – sister Lauren who turned 20 yesterday and dad Rod, a former marketing manager at the Glenelg Football Club and Greyhound Racing SA Operations Manager in the early 2000s.
By Destini Fireball out of Lektra Angie – a sub-30 second 512 metres maiden winner at Tara Raceway back in 2012 – Sky Show is a litter sister to Lektra Fireball, winner of last month’s Mount Gambier-Warrnambool Border Challenge and also to Lektra Rainbow a Warrnambool winner last week.