The Border Watch : February 3rd 2015
36 GREYHOUND RACING VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Ireland’s Oyster smashes track record Sets Tara Raceway alight with a run of 22.83 seconds for 400 metres DAVID LEWIS MOYSTON trained greyhound, Ireland’s Oyster ran right up to his record breaking short course trial at Ballarat last week when setting the Tara Raceway track alight on Friday afternoon with a record run of 22.83 seconds for the 400 metre journey. Jumping from box three in the Produce Store Mixed Stake, Ireland’s Oyster carved out splits of 10.62 seconds and 12.21 seconds when leading all the way to win by 11 lengths. The previous record had been held by the Richard Clayfield trained Slipper’s Might which ran 22.93 seconds on March 28 last year. The only other greyhound to have broken 23 seconds at Tara Raceway has been the former champion chaser Spud Regis which last year ran 22.97 seconds on July 13. As far back as early 2013, Ireland’s Oyster’s trainer Peter Franklin knew he had a dog that was “better than average.” That was when he trialled 22.94 seconds over the 400 metre journey at Tara Raceway – the track record at the time stood at 23.05 seconds – prior to winning a heat, semi-final and final of a Vic-bred maiden series at Geelong. The white and black dog has been lightly raced throughout his career with Franklin declaring that Ireland’s Oyster is virtually a day-to-day proposition. In fact, he had run a terrific second behind Dee Tee in a heat of last year’s Anniversary Cup (512m) but, after drawing box one in the final, had to be withdrawn due to injury. By Premier Fantasy out of Mineola Grand, Ireland’s Oyster had been purchased as a threemonth-old pup by Bendigo builder Barry Priest, along with a bitch which never raced and is now a Greyhound Adoption Program dog. Priest, who once again was at Tara Raceway on Friday, said the fact that Ireland’s Oyster continued to race so well was a credit to Franklin. “Peter’s done a terrific job to keep him on the track,” he said. “Through necessity, the dog’s been sparingly raced but I know when he does set foot on a track that Peter will have put in the hard yards to ensure he’s ready to race.” Franklin said he was now looking at next month’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup with Ireland’s Oyster, which will have his next start on Tuesday night in a 410 metre heat at Horsham. Ironically, had the after-race trials at Tara Raceway not been in recess due to the club’s summer Tassie dogs impress at Tara debut TWO former Tasmanian dogs, Heliski and High Sierra, were impressive on debut at Tara Raceway last Friday and look to be coming winners. By Nitro Burst out of Parsipanny, Heliski is a winner of 11 races at Hobart, Launceston and Devonport. Slowly away from box two in the Classic Bet Stake (512m), Heliski then ran wide on the first turn before moving forward down the back straight in pursuit of the tearaway leader Sookie’s Fantasy. Turning for home, Heliski looked to have the race in his keeping but shortly after checked off Sookie’s Fantasy and in a desperately tight finish went down by a head in 30.44 seconds. FIRST WIN: Sharkarakis, a member of the successful Sookie Litter, opened his winning account on debut at Tara Raceway last Friday. Pictured are (back row, from left) Ken Gillespie, Robert Chuck and Deb Hicks. Front: Koby and Cameron Bartholomew with their aunt Elysia Bartholomew. policy, Franklin would still be searching for his first track record holder. “Originally, I was going to trial Ireland’s Oyster after the last race until I realised the club currently isn’t running after-race trials. Racing him was the only other option because he needed a hitout.” So instead of his trainer paying $5 for a trial, he finished up with $605 in his pocket and a track record to boot! Later in the day, Priest and Franklin combined again to win the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512m) with smart youngster Mojito Mayhem. Only fairly away from box two, the black dog did a good job to find second spot down the back straight behind High Sierra before railing through on the home turn and then holding out Spangher and the early leader for a 1.75 length win in a best of day 30.28 seconds. Mojito Mayhem looks to be on target for the forthcoming Spud Regis Summer Classic, heats of which will be run at Tara Raceway on Sunday, February 8. Litter brother Future Past, following a brilliant win on January 16 at Tara Raceway in a feature Grade 5 over 512 metres, will round off his Summer Classic preparation with a run over 480 metres at Horsham on Tuesday night. Another individual winner for litter THE Premier Fantasy x Sookie litter continued its terrific run at Tara Raceway last Friday when Sharkarakis became the sixth individual winner. Having his first race start, the black dog quickly found the front from box one in the Laser Electrical Open Maiden Stake (400m) and never looked like being beaten when scoring by 4.5 lengths in Greyhound results MOUNT Gambier Greyhound Racing Club results from Friday, January 30, 2015: Race 1, Macro Meats (N/P) Mixed Stake, 600m: Race abandoned. Race 2, The Border Watch Open Maiden Stake, 400m: Lektra Kirky 1; Get Pumped 2; Dot Com Babe 3. Others: Gold Rocker, Winter Is Coming, Buzz The Buzzer, Lichfield Angel, Short Leg. Time: 30.89. Margins: ½ head, ½ length. Numbers: 1, 8, 5, 6. Win: $2.00. Place: #1.80, $2.40, $2.40. Quinella: $10.50. Exacta: $12.60. Trifecta: $96.70. First 4: $411. Race 3, Laser Electrical Open Maiden Stake, 400m: Sharkarak 1; Changed Moment 2; Claire's Moment 3. Others: Middian, Mr Caudo, Hard Road, Barbarose Boy, Lizzie Four Paws. Time: 23.37. Margins: 4½ lengths, 2½ lengths. Owner: K. Gillespie, S. Bartholomew. Trainer: S. Bartholomew. Numbers: 1, 2, 7, 3. Win: $2.50. Place: $1.40, $2.80, $1.60. Quinella:P $7.90. Exacta: $15.80. Trifecta: $53.70. First 4: $108.80. Race 4, Trackside Meats Stake, 400m: Hurricane Rusty 1; King Wolf 2; Rumbled 3. Others: Nifty Nefertiti, Noonan's Unit, Hank Douglass, Shintaro Takeshi. Time: 23.74. Margins: 3½ lengths, 3¾ lengths. Owner: Telfer Gold Racing (Manager: B. Mitcham). Numbers 3, 1, 7, 5. Win: $18.40. Place: $3.00, $1.40, $2.40. Quinella: $31. Exacta: $62.60. Trifecta: $327.30. First 4: $2754.60. Jackpot: $781.97. Race 5, The Produce Store Mixed Stake, 400m: Mixed Stake, 400m: Irelands Oyster 1; Westlake Prinz 2; Sneaky Spirit 3. Others: West 36 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 On Xavier, Street Life, Dr Nibette, Mr Spartacus, Kay Cee Smack. Time: 22.83. Margins: 11 lengths, 4½ lengths. Owner: B. Priest. Trainer: P. Franklin. Numbers: 3, 8, 7, 4. Win: $1.70. Place: $1.30, $1.70, $2.20. Quinella: $5.90. Exacta: $7.50. Trifecta: $38.50. First 4: $600.40. Race 6, Hutmaker @ Stud Stake, 512m: Glenville Jaz 1; Weblec Angel 2; Penny Blossom 3. Others: Praha, Hurricane Howie, Pumped Rule, Galactic Evil, Mufasa Pride. Time: 30.56. Margins: nose, 4¼ lengths. Owners: R. Clayfield, D. Lewis. Trainer: Richard Clayfield. Numbers: 1, 7, 5, 6. Win: $1.90. Place: $1.00, $1.80, $1.90. Quinella: $5.20. Exacta: $7.20. Trifecta: $23.50. First 4: $94. Race 7, ClassicBet Stake, 512m: Sookie's Fantasy 1; Heliski 2; Lucky Keeper 3. Others: Bourne Cheeky, Bowen Raider, Monty's Way, Daenerys, Buzz Raider. Time: 30.44. Margins: head, ½ length. Owner: D. Hicks. Trainer: S. Bartholomew. Numbers: 6, 2, 1, 3. Win: $2.20. Place: $1.70, $1.10, $2.00. Quinella: $8.30. Exacta: $15.10. Trifecta: $39.20. First 4: $61. Race 8, Allestree Holiday Units Stake, 512m: Mojito Mayhem 1; Spangher 2; High Sierra 3. Others: Lots Of Yap, Slipaway Penny, Euchre Queen, Cosmic Quest, Fawn Montoya. Time: 30.28. Margins: 1¾ lengths, ½ length. Owner: B. Priest. Trainer: P. Franklin. Numbers: 2, 7, 5, 4. Win: $1.40. Place: $1.10, $1.70, $3.10. Quinella: $2.00. Exacta: $3.60. Trifecta: $19.10. First 4: $62.60. DD (6, 2) $6.00. TT (1, 6, 2) $4.90. QD (3, 1, 6, 2) $43.30. Jackpot: $32.01. Race 9, Gambier Vets Open Stake, 512m: Galactic Impact 1; Dimora Benson 2; Cryer's Ricky 3. Others: Sookie's Lad, Starlight Safari, Vector, Cryer's Fred. Time: 30.71. Margins: 1¼ lengths, 1 length. Owner-trainer: Robert Chuck. Numbers: 3, 8, 1, 2. Win: $9.70. Place: $3.70, $5.60, no div. Quinella: $81.10. Exacta: $70. Trifecta: $1208.70. First 4: $2115.40. Jackpot: $409.45. Race 10, The South Eastern Hotel Stake, 400m: Bourbon Club 1; Young Gunner 2; Red Cry 3. Others: Sassy Anna, Typhoon Blake, Gilmore Gun, Mr Nice Guy, Dancing Mabel. Time: 23.37. Margins: 4 lengths, neck. Owner: J. Casey. Trainer: B. Shepheard. Numbers: 8, 4, 7, 2. Win: $2.80. Place: $1.30, $2.20, $2.10. Quinella: $11. Exacta: $23.60. Trifecta: $61.30. First 4: $237. a smart maiden time of 23.37 seconds. Sharkarakis is owned by workmates Ken Gillespie, Robert Chuck, Jack Peacock and Steve Bartholomew Jnr who purchased him for $3000 as a three-month-old pup. The quartet had previously raced Scull Magic, a winner of six races at Tara Raceway, and also his dam, Magic Elite, which also won six races. And the day got even better for Chuck when Galactic Impact, a son of Magic Elite, upstaged some of his more fancied younger rivals in the Gambier Vets Open Stake (512m). Showing more early dash than usual, Galactic Impact was always going to be hard to hold out when handily positioned down the back behind the bolter Dimora Benson. And as expected, he was too strong in the run home, eventually scoring by 1.25 lengths over the $35 chance Dimora Benson, which ran a cheeky race, in 30.71 seconds. Parsipanny, which was a winner of 13 races on Tasmanian and SA tracks, was placed several times at Tara Raceway during 2010 and on one occasion ran second to Mantra Miss, the dam of the speedy Dee Tee. A winner of four races at Launceston and Devonport, High Sierra showed good pace from box five in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512m) and was a clear leader down the back. However, on the home turn he moved out, allowing long odds-on favourite Mojito Mayhem and Spangher through, although on the line there was only 2.25 lengths separating the trio with High Sierra in third spot. High Sierra is by Dyna Lachlan out of Yuengling, a litter sister to Parsipanny, and a winner of 24 races in Tasmania and SA, including one over 400 metres at Tara Raceway in 2011. Heliski and High Sierra are now being trained at Glencoe by Barry Shepheard who was pleasantly surprised by their first-up efforts. “Neither of them had seen the track, not even for a trial, so I would expect that they would have plenty of improvement in them,” he said. “I’ll just have to see how they go as far as the Mount Gambier Cup is concerned. Heliski, in particular, had been racing well in high grade Tasmanian races so he’s probably the one I’d be looking at from a cup point of view.” Shepheard rounded the day off with a winner when the former Victorian chaser Bourbon Club, owned by Jack Casey, won the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400m). Galactic Impact has been a handy dog for Chuck, having now won 12 races and likely to push on to the Mount Gambier Cup.
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