The Border Watch : January 13th 2015
30 GREYHOUND RACING DAVID LEWIS ANDY Jay’s outstanding win in a heat of the Val and Col Sims Maiden Memorial and Peter Franklin’s domination of the feature Grade 5 heats with Future Past and Vector highlighted Tara Raceway’s ClassicBet greyhound meeting last Friday afternoon. And it was a day of doubles when three trainers – Steve Bartholomew, David Jones and Franklin – shared the honours. Namesake developing a cult following JUDGING by the number of supporters he is attracting to the track, it looks like Spangher, named after Hawthorn AFL footballer Matt Spangher, is developing a similar sort of cult following. Spangher had put the writing on the wall at the previous meeting when flashing home at his first race start to be narrowly beaten over 400 metres by Miss Caudo. Backing up five days later and jumping from box seven in the ClassicBet Open Maiden (400m), the black dog settled close-up in third spot and always looked to have the leaders covered. That’s the way it turned out when he let loose in the home straight and finished too strongly for Claire’s Moment to win in a manner that suggests he’ll probably be better suited over more ground. By Premier Fantasy out of Sookie, Spangher became the fifth individual winner from the litter with Alexandra Grace, Penny Blossom, Sookie’s Fantasy and Sookie’s Lad having previously won. The litter was bred by Deb and Craig Hicks with Spangher being trained by their father/father-in-law, Steve Bartholomew of Worrolong. And while the Hicks’ are also partowners of the winner, for the other nine owners – Bill Burley, Jason Malseed, Greg Muhovics, Trevor Finnis, Tom Leane, Nick Childs, Dewain Barrett, Mathew Fenwick and Mathew Burdon – this is their first venture into greyhound racing. The syndicate members are all connected with the Centrals Cricket Club which this season commenced playing its matches at Tara Raceway. Six of the syndicate are also members of the Hawthorn Football Club, hence the dog’s racing name. Speaking after Friday’s win, Craig Hicks, who in partnership with his wife had successfully raced Sookie, said he had been pleased with the litter’s progress although he was still hopeful of city success. “Spangher broke in extremely well and we had high hopes for him. “In fact, he was being trained in Victoria and the reports were promising prior to him sustaining an injury,” he said. “He was eventually sent back to Mount Gambier, which in some respects was disappointing, but he certainly gave the boys a great thrill when he won his first race at Tara Raceway. “Steve is now keen to have a crack at next month’s Spud Regis Summer Classic at Tara Raceway. He’s a good age for it and it looks like the 512 metre journey won’t cause him too many problems.” Hicks, who has two 13-month-old Premier Boloney pups out of Sookie, said she was due on season again shortly and would be mated with Fabregas. An hour after Spangher’s win, Bartholomew and the litter landed their second win of the day when Sookie’s Fantasy led all the way to win a Grade 6 400 metre event for owner Deb Hicks. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Trainers double up at Tara Raceway CULT FOLLOWING: Spangher had plenty of supporters after winning his first race at Tara Raceway last Friday. For the majority of the syndicate of 11 owners, most are enjoying their first venture into greyhound racing. Owners and connections in attendance on Friday included (back row, from left) Trevor Finnis, Mathew Fenwick, Bill Burley, Greg Muhovics. Front: Craig Hicks, Harry Hicks, Paige Hicks, Kane Jeffrees and Deb Hicks. AJ races to final favouritism THE David Jones trained Andy Jay looks the one to beat in this Friday’s Sims Memorial Maiden final. This follows an outstanding win at start number 12 in the second heat of the feature maiden event which saw the field finish in race book order. Well drawn in box one, the black dog, a placegetter over 699 metres at Cranbourne, pushed through on the first turn to take the lead and from then on was never going to be run down over the 512 metre journey. In fact, Andy Jay, the only dog all day to break 13 seconds in the run home, went on to record one of the most impressive maiden wins seen at the track in some time when stopping the clock at 30.52 seconds in his 13.75 length victory over Viking On Fire. Andy Jay is by Bekim Bale out of Galactic Diamond, a bitch which was a Victorian city middle distance winner. “I went halves in the litter with the breeder,” Jones said. “Andy Jay is the pick of my four while the other four includes Sandown Park winner Kaitoke Diamond and Tycoon Diamond which has won twice on Victorian provincial tracks. 30 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 “Ultimately his future lies in staying events but following this Friday’s final I will be looking at next month’s Summer Classic here at Tara Raceway.” Jones will be chasing his second memorial maiden event at Tara Raceway following Fred Best’s success in the 2013 John Reid Memorial. The first heat of the Sims Memorial Maiden saw 30-monthold Tenement Funster, at only his second race start, run down pacemaker Happy Scarlet to score by 1.75 lengths in a considerably slower 30.96 seconds. Originally from Adelaide, the 35 kilogram black son of Bit Chili and Katcha Kihael, is raced by a syndicate managed by the breeder Natalie Bailey and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham who has had the dog since early last month. Peckham, who last trained a Sims Maiden winner in 2001 when Bourne A Storm was successful, will provide half of Friday’s final with Bourne Gun, Viking On Fire and Bourne Fearless also qualifying. Meanwhile, Jones, from Devon Meadows, completed another good day at Tara Raceway when Our Blue Earner brought up his double in the last – the Trackside Meats Stake (400m). The son of High Earner and Nikita’s Maxi races well at the local track over 400 metres and from box one found a forward spot behind Silent Shuffle before railing through and finishing too well for Platinum Shen and a fast-finishing Sookie’s Lad. Looking to the future MOYSTON trainer Peter Franklin will hold a strong hand in Friday’s Laser Electrical Feature Grade 5 final (512m) after he was successful in the two heats with Future Past and Vector. Future Past, which had previously won over 390 metres at Warrnambool, was well fancied to win the first heat from box five, although he had been beaten in two previous Tara Raceway starts over the 512 metre journey. The Barry Priest owned son of Fear Zafonic and Graceful Amy was only fairly away but quickly mustered pace going into the first turn before taking over the running down the back straight. From then on he was never going to be beaten although minor placegetters Captain Clancey and Pat The Baker worked home nicely to finish only 1.25 lengths and a length respectively from the winner in 30.52 seconds. But Future Past, which won on debut at Tara Raceway over 400 metres back in October, is a grey- hound on the way up, now boasting four wins from only 10 starts. And following this Friday’s final, Franklin will then have the option of setting the February 2013 whelped black dog for next month’s Spud Regis Summer Classic (512m) which will be run in Mount Gambier on February 8 and 13. Vector turned in a terrific effort when winning the second heat and giving Franklin a race-to-race double. Jumping from the four, the white and black son of Symmetry and Benjalina copped a check soon after box rise before gaining a rails run and then moving into a forward spot going into the back straight. In the meantime, Bourne Cheeky, with exceptional early sectionals of 4.37 seconds and 17.08 seconds was once again giving them something to chase out in front. But Vector was too powerful in the home straight, eventually scoring by a length over the early leader, which has now run second at four of her past five starts, while Our Spinner ran a nice race to finish third. Vector is owned by John Gale and Damien Walter, who purchased the dog at the 2014 Ready To Race sale at Bendigo. They then gave the dog, which ran a best of day 30.41 seconds last Friday, back to Franklin (the previous owner) to continue as trainer.
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