The Border Watch : January 6th 2015
32 GREYHOUND RACING VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Happy new year for visiting trainer Niele trains winning treble DAVID LEWIS A LARGE crowd at Tara Raceway’s season opener on Sunday afternoon saw Berringa greyhound trainer Michael Niele take the honours with a treble. The treble came on the back of a double at the track’s final meeting of 2014 on December 28 when Thrashing Osti and Lumpstar were successful. On Sunday, Niele landed a running double with Red Sally and Midnight Osti before Bomber Osti brought up the treble when winning the final event. Red Sally, which had run third in the Klaassens Contractors feature Grade 5 final over 400 metres behind Lumpstar on December 28, was quickly into stride from box four in the Produce Store Stake (400m). And after taking the lead from Bourne Cheeky down the back she went right on with the job to eventually win by four lengths in a best of day 23.24 seconds. By Surf Lorian out of Victorian city winner Leah Morris, Red Sally is owned at Ballarat by Steve Edgar who also owns Lumpstar. In the following event, the Classic Bet Free For All (400m), $6 chance Midnight Osti rounded up Red Cry down the back and then held off a fast finishing 2014 Mount Gambier Greyhound-of-the-Year Rouse Flyer. Owned and bred by long-time Niele kennel client Lyn White of Ardlethan, Midnight Osti is by Premier Fantasy out of Special Osti’s seventh litter. The half-length win in 23.39 seconds saw Midnight Osti maintain her unbeaten record at Tara Raceway over 400 metres following previous wins at the track in a heat and final of a feature Grade 5 during October last year. Bomber Osti brought up the treble for Niele and a double for White following a barnstorming win in the Muffin Break Stake (400m). For the 35 kilogram son of Bombastic Shiraz and Smashing Osti it was a case of finally breaking through at Tara Raceway for a win over the 400 metre journey following five previous minor placings from five starts. Bomber Osti, however, had previously won twice over 512 metres and Niele, who was the leading trainer at Mount Gambier in 2011, is now setting the fawn dog for the forthcoming Classic Bet Mount Gambier Cup. “At this stage I’ll certainly be having a crack at the cup with him,” he said. “He won here almost 12 months ago in just over 30 seconds and I reckon he’s a much better dog now. Besides, it’s time I won another Mount Gambier Cup.” Niele won the 2003 cup with Monstropolis. Brutus is no longer a bad boy MICHAEL Niele also had a hand in another winner at Tara Raceway on Sunday when the Kevin Breen owned and trained Bad Boy Brutus won a roughly run Grade 6 event over 400 metres. Niele reared the son of Dyna Lachlan and Regal Accent for the Lake Bolacbased Breen at his Berringa Park rearing establishment near Ballarat. But Breen was the first to admit that he was just about to give up on Bad Boy Brutus after his first few race track performances hadn’t been anything to get excited about. “He had started racing in August but it wasn’t until December that all of a sudden he seemed to put it together and he won at Horsham over 410 metres,” Breen said. “Then he ran second at Ballarat prior to today’s win. Fair enough, he had a bit of good luck in the run but that helps to 32 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 make up for all the bad luck you experience along the way.” By Dyna Lachlan out of Regal Accent, Bad Boy Brutus was purchased by Breen as a pup from Woorndoo breeder Des Lowe mainly because he liked the sire. A retired schoolteacher, the hobby trainer had success at Tara Raceway last year with the speedster Betty’s Moment, a daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Penny La Plume. Double for local trainer THE Lochinvar Marlow x Penny La Plume litter also figured at Sunday’s meeting when Michael Allan was successful in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512m). Michael Allan is raced by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life members Michael Robinson and Allan Holmes who purchased him as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price. And while he’d won only one race from 27 starts leading into Sunday’s race, he did the job well when leading all the way and holding out Praha, a best of the day winner last week, in 30.66 seconds. “He’s certainly not the worst dog I’ve ever owned,” a delighted Robinson said of his $17.50 winner. For Holmes, of Moorak, Michael Allan was the first leg of a running double. In the following event, the Hutmaker @ Stud Stake (512 m), Eumeralla Boss, at $11.50, made it a memorable day for the Holmes family when defeating a handy grade five field in 30.61 seconds. Eumeralla Boss, a 28 kilogram son of Vapour Whirl and Chi Amy, settled in behind early leader Prinny Fidget down the back straight before taking over the running and holding out a strongfinishing Le Crew and Prinny Fidget which came again. “He came over from Victoria, virtually as a giveaway,” Holmes said. “One of his biggest problems was that he was making a total mess of the start. “My son Tim and I have worked on his box manners and I think it is now starting to pay dividends.” And wasn’t there an extra spring in the step of Allan Holmes following his double? “Look, I never have many greyhounds in work at any one time but I have had a double at this track. Don’t ask me when, though. All I know is that it was a long, long time ago.” Holmes is now looking forward to Moorak Hope, winner of the 2013 SA Country Cup, coming in season and being mated to high-profile sire Cosmic Rumble. Younger brother ready to step up ROBERT Chuck’s Galactic Impact turned in a terrific effort to defeat Who’s Doing What and Status Bo in a three-way go in the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (512m). And earlier in the day, Galactic Impact’s younger half-brother Moving Violation put the writing on the wall for this Friday’s Val and Col Sims Feature Maiden heats over 512 metres. By Velocette, the 35 kilogram black dog is out of Magic Elite, and trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew. Moving Violation had had three previous starts at Tara Raceway without showing a great deal but on Sunday he did enough to suggest a win is not far away. Slowly away from box six in The Border Watch Open Maiden (512 m) he found a bit of trouble early before settling into third spot down the back. But he worked home well to eventually go down by only 2.25 lengths in 30.69 seconds and comfortably hold out the notoriously slow starter Bourne Gun for second spot. FIRST WINNING LEG: Allan Holmes (left) and Michael Robinson with their all-the-way winner, Michael Allan. Holmes also won the following race with Eumeralla Boss. WINNING TREBLE: Michelle and Michael Niele with their three winners at Tara Raceway last Sunday (from left) Midnight Osti, Red Sally and Bomber Osti.
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