The Border Watch : January 1st 2014
26 GREYHOUND RACING SWIFT GL “Free Auto” $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY last week! ONLY 1 LEFT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au HURRY MAC SUZUKI 635973 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 Tara Raceway’s DAVID LEWIS VID LEWIS THE Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club had to face up to a real challenge last year. That is the challenge of staging weekly TAB meetings at Tara Raceway which also meant having to attract considerably more greyhounds on a regular basis to its Lake Terrace East complex. But as owner-trainer Andrew Graham led 2013 fi nal race winner Monty’s Way off the track, club offi cials were able to heave a sigh of relief, confi dent in the knowledge that South East greyhound racing had met the challenge of change. January SIMS MEMORIAL: Owner Barry Shepheard (second from right) and trainer Cap Abbott (right) with relatives of the late Val and Col Sims after Arbour Day won the Sims Memorial early in 2013. ARBOUR Molly kicked off an outstanding year for the Birthday Boy x Kirkstall Jane litter when winning the fi rst race of the season for Barry Shepheard and Cap Abbott. And later in the month, Shepheard and Abbott were successful again with litter brother Arbour Darby defeating Where Za Rule and Galactic Magic in the time-honoured Val and Col Sims maiden feature fi nal. David Peckham, leading trainer in 2012, opened his winning account for 2013 when Baurna Paddy defeated another classy type in Turbo Tip over 512 metres in a smart 30.06 seconds. February TURBO Tip found winning form early in the month and was the second leg of a double for Casterton trainer Brendan Bunworth who also won with Zippy Zara. Dawn Kay, on behalf of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, received the SportSE Star Award in recognition of outstanding achievements. THREE IN A MONTH: Part owner, Lee Bartholomew(far left) had plenty of grandchildren support after Barnicle won his third race in the month of February. Steve and Lee Bartholomew’s promising youngster Barnicle brought up his third win for the month when successful over 512 metres in a smart 30.15 seconds. Monty’s Lad’s win over 400 metres was to be the fi rst of many for the Elite State x Senni Wendy litter and Portland breeder-owner-trainer Andy Graham. And with the Mount Gambier Cup looming, Baurna Paddy raced into early favouritism with a smart win over many of his cup rivals, including Barnicle. March THE cup month commenced well for Barry Shepheard and his Kirkstall Jane litter brothers Arbour Darby and Arbour Elvis. Probably fi tting insomuch that Kirkstall Jane had won the 2010 Mount Gambier Cup. MOUNT GAMBIER CUP: Ashley Barrett (left) with successful trainer, Allen Williams after Colville won the 201Mount Gambier Cup. 26 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Shepheard also was successful with Super Pick which won the fi rst 732 metre event of the year. Baurna Paddy confirmed his cup rating when a brilliant 30.15 seconds heat winner. But it was Tarpeena trainer Allen Williams’ Colville that led all the way in the fi nal from box one to give the veteran trainer his fi rst Mount Gambier Cup in 40 years. Ima Shoopa Star and Baurna Paddy fi lled the minor placings with trainers Cassandra Billington and David Peckham having to be content once again with cup placegetters. Arbour Elvis won the Produce Store maiden final while widely-travelled Coleraine trainer Bernie Rogers landed the distance feature with Viper Venom. However, it was maiden performer My Illusion, trained by Tracie Price, which upstaged cup day performers with a brilliant 29.93 seconds when winning by 9.25 lengths. Bourne Again, another one destined for bigger and better things, also opened her winning account for Peckham and fellow part-owner Connie Miller. April AS far as long-priced winners went, they didn’t come any longer than Deanco Lazarus. Trained at Glencoe by Dean Fennell, this well-bred chaser got under everyone’s guard when winning a 400 metre low grade sprint at odds of $43.30. David Peckham’s classy Baurna Paddy and Bourne Again were both brilliant 512 metre winners in 29.95 seconds and 30.00 seconds respectively. Star Doll made a mess of a low grade 400 metre fi eld for Gary Marshman when winning by 10 lengths in record time of 23.05 seconds. She later went on to win at Sandown Park and The Meadows in Victoria. Syndicate greyhound Our Houdini gave the Barry Maney Group their fi rst winner while My Illusion went out on a winning note when running a near-record 29.80 seconds prior to being transferred to Victoria. Kirkstall Jane landed a treble in the form of Spot On Jane, Kirkstall Jenny and Arbour Elvis. Barry Shepheard also trained a treble with Our Houdini, Super Pick and Arbour Elvis. May PORTLAND trainer Ray Keating broke a run of outs with Madame Betsy which won her second race in 51 starts. Her fi rst win had been at Tara Raceway 15 months earlier. Rising five-year-old Spellbound, on the brink of retirement, bounced back to something like her old form with a 30.17 seconds win. Trainer Cassandra Billington was also successful on the same day with Ima Shoopa Star over 400 metres. Bernie Rogers also landed a double with Celtic Boom and Viking Speed and Ben Hughes’ Alice Shiraz won her second 512 metre race for the month, both in 30.27 seconds. Steve Bartholomew’s Azumi Touch continued her good short course form with a win over litter brother Barnicle in 23.20 seconds. June SERVICETON couple David and Valerie Brodhurst had a change of luck when All The Stars and Jada Spirit gave them an early double at the fi rst meeting of the month. Andy Graham also had a big day with You Got It, Stornaway Lad and Monty’s Way, giving him his fi rst treble. Lee Bartholomew’s versatile chaser Just Humphrey won over the 512 metre journey and continued to accumulate Greyhound-of-the-Year points. Baurna Paddy, one of the best greyhounds to race at Tara Raceway in the fi rst half of the year, broke down and the winner of 13 races didn’t race again. Big training performances continued throughout the month with Tracie Price landing a double with Our Emma and Flaming Gold. David Peckham trained a treble with Bourne Holly, Sister Aunty Cuz and Kizuna and later a double with Bourne Holly and Sister Aunty Cuz. But one of the best training performances seen at the track in some time was that of Allen Williams who, following a double with Doubles and Lika Gem, achieved a personal best of four winners in one day when Panic King, Sudden Panic, Doubles and Like Gem rounded off the month for him in memorable fashion. July THE month started off well for Portland trainers with Our Testa Talken breaking a six month run of outs with a win over 512 metres for Brian Weis while Andy Graham was successful with Stornaway Lad and You Got It before landing another double the following week with Monty’s Way and Tiger King. Cassandra Billington, also from Portland, won an Anniversary Cup heat with evergreen performer Spellbound. However, this was to be her last run as she was shortly afterwards mated with Hut Maker. Lika Gem, still racing well six months after winning the Christmas Cup, won the other heat for Allen Williams. Michael Niele, of Berringa, leading local trainer in 2011, once again was starting to make his presence felt and led in a treble with Unruly Rebel, Arctic Osti and Walkaway Again. Noel Roney, of Apsley, was another trainer to break a run of outs when landing a 400 metre double with littermates State Of America and Kekovich. Bernie Rogers achieved his biggest success at Tara Raceway when Camo’s Prinny caused a boilover in the 512 metre Anniversary Cup fi nal. A $20 chance, the daughter of Regal Thyme defeated the Weis-trained pair of Our Testa Talken and Peking Duck.
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