Thursday, September 1, 2016
The debut of 18-month-old Azumi Swift at Tara Raceway last Friday certainly would have pleased Worrolong greyhound trainer Lee Bartholomew.
Whelped on the last day of February, 2015, the solidly built 29 kilogram daughter of Cosmic Chief and Azumi Touch was a clear last from box seven in the ClassicBet Open Maiden heat (400 metres) and still had plenty of work to do as Louis Mini Girl led the field down the back straight.
But despite racing greenly – let’s face it, how many times would she have run in a full field – Azumi Swift worked home solidly, eventually going down by 4¼ lengths to Saint Flynn in 23.55 seconds.
In what promises to be a further learning curve, the black bitch will now jump from box four in the ClassicBet Open Maiden final on Sunday.
Azumi Swift is the first of Azumi Touch’s offspring to hit the track for Bartholomew and her husband Steve who also bred the litter.
The couple also raced Azumi Touch, a daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Elite Touch, between 2012 and 2014 when she won 15 races over 400 metres at Tara Raceway and a 388 metre sprint at Angle Park by 9¼ lengths.
And along the way they must have seen something they liked as far as Azumi Swift’s litter was concerned because in May this year Azumi Touch underwent frozen semen artificial insemination (FSAI) at Gambier Vets.
The first greyhound FSAI to be performed locally by Greyhounds Australasia-accredited Rebel Skirving, Azumi Touch subsequently whelped five dogs and four bitches by Dyna Tron on July 20.
Also having her first run at Tara Raceway last Friday was Elusive Linda which is four days younger than Azumi Swift.
Owned by Graham Ganderton and Paul White, the black bitch is trained at Sandford by Brad Mitchem who was more than happy with Elusive Linda’s effort after having copped plenty of trouble at her first race start only two days earlier over 388 metres at Angle Park.
The quick back-up obviously didn’t worry her too much as she quickly found the front from box three in a heat of Metal Worx Open Maiden (512 m) before digging deep in the home straight to hold out Goldie’s Run.
In Mitchem’s kennels for three months after breaking-in well, Elusive Linda will now jump from box one in Sunday’s Metal Worx Open Maiden final.
By Barcia Bale, she is out of Quick To Go which is also now at Sandford with a view to further breeding.
Quick To Go, by Collision out of My Hot Fancy, raced on only five occasions, winning a semi-final of the 2014 Group 3 Nowra Puppy Classic before being retired after finishing unplaced in the final.