The Border Watch : January 27th 2014
32 GREYHOUND RACING VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au STRIKING SUCCESS: Members of the Viking Racing Syndicate with their star performer, Striking Viking. Brazen Bull races into classic contention Blitzes field to win by 9.5 lengths at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon DAVID LEWIS HORSHAM owned and trained greyhound Brazen Bull, following a brilliant win at Tara Raceway last Friday afternoon, will return for next month’s Spud Regis Summer Classic. The blue dog, which was quickly away from box four in the Metal Worx Stake (400 metres), never looked like being beaten when running away to a 9.5 length victory in a quick 23.23 seconds. Brazen Bull is now unbeaten at his only two starts at the track. And even though both wins have been over 400 metres, trainer Jeff Guy says the classic distance of 512 metres won’t present any problems for the January 2013 whelping. “During the latter part of last year he won at The Meadows over 525 metres and also ran two close seconds at Angle Park over 515 metres. “So the distance won’t be a worry and his age certainly won’t be because at 25 months he’ll be one of the oldest runners in the classic. “Actually, I’m looking to get right behind this event and could have up to five runners in it.” Heats of the Spud Regis Classic, for all dogs and bitches whelped between January 2013 and June 2013, will be run on Sunday, February 8 with the $3000 final on Friday, February 13. Brazen Bull’s win was the first leg of a treble for Guy and owner Chris Johnson, who were at Tara Raceway for only the second time. In the following race, the Muffin Break Mixed Stake (400m), Eye Smith won comfortably before Dunstall rounded off a successful day with a win in the Produce Store Stake (400m). In fact, Johnson and Guy could probably consider themselves unlucky they didn’t go back to That just tops off another wonderful day for us at Tara Raceway.” He was referring to the fact that last November when the pair raced at the local track for the first time they also landed a treble. The winning trio are all out of Scrappy Coco, with Brazen Bull by Deville and Eye Smith and Dunstall by Velocette. The beautifully bred Scrappy Coco (Pure Octane x Witch Magic) retired as a maiden after racing on only three occasions but has proven to be a successful producer. The tide comes in DON Turner of Lewiston is another trainer who enjoys his share of success of Tara Raceway. Turner and his trusty offsider Wayne Verell made a hit and run trip last Friday with one dog and the drive home wouldn’t have seemed like six hours when Low Tide was successful in the Hutmaker @ Stud Stake (400m). Low Tide was only fairly away from box one but by railing throughout he was able to comfortably defeat the Grade 6 field in a tidy time of 23.41 seconds. By Lochinvar Marlow, the black HAPPY UNION: Trainer Jeff Guy (left) and owner Chris Johnson with their winning treble last Friday at Tara Raceway, Brazen Bull, Eye Smith and Dunstall. Horsham with four winners. Paranoia looked to be in a winning position going out of the first turn in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512m) prior to a lure malfunction which resulted in a no-race being declared. Eye Smith hadn’t won a race since last October but with stake earnings of more than $30,000 he looked to have a bit on his rivals. 32 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 And that’s how it panned out with the brindle dog, after a fair start from box eight, rounding up the field down the back before finishing the race off strongly to win in 23.27 seconds. For Dunstall, it was case of having been out of the winners’ list for almost 12 months. And when he railed through on Chili Diva turning for home to take the lead no-one was more relieved than Johnson. “He’s had a series of back leg muscle problems,” he said. “Jeff’s done a terrific job to get him back on the track let alone win another race. Dunstall appeared to be fine when walking back after the race. Cause for another huge sigh of relief from Johnson. “Looks like all’s good with him. dog is out of Radical, a bitch Turner also trained to win five races. Radical is a daughter of Miss Eva Mai which is also the dam of Turner’s top sprinter Stew’s Mistake, a winner of 24 races and third placegetter in last year’s Mount Gambier Cup behind Veetee Express. Low Tide has now three races – all over short courses – from only eight race starts with Turner confident the 33 kilogram dog will be able to run out longer distances. “He’s a May 2013 whelping so I am contemplating bringing him back for the Summer Classic,” he said.
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