The Border Watch : February 27th 2014
32 GREYHOUND RACING OntheLure with DAVID LEWIS e SEVEN Mount Gambier Cup heats, to be run over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon, will see some top greyhounds missing out on a fi nal spot the following week. Only the heat winners, plus the fastest second placegetter, will proceed to the fi nal, which carries a record $7000 prizemoney. The next two fastest second placegetters will make up the reserves. And although there looks to be plenty of depth in the heats, the clash of Dub Me In, Rouse Flyer and Cairnlea Peter in the second heat should be a beauty. Heat 1 THE Brian Weis trained IN THIS WAY is in outstanding form and turned in a terrifi c effort to lead all the way over 570 metres at Horsham last week. Prior to that he had won at Tara Raceway over 512 metres. Lewiston trainer Don Turner is back with STEW’S MISTAKE which defeated Rouse Flyer over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on February 14. The fawn dog has since run third at Gawler over 400 metres. He’s now had three runs back since cracking a hock and with a 29.93 sec. 515 metre run to his credit at Angle Park last November he looks the testing material. MONTY’S WAY, trained at Portland by Andy Graham, hasn’t won this year but he has an excellent record from box one and is capable of an upset. Heat 2 YAMBUK trainer Tom Sinnott’s DUB ME IN created a huge impression at Tara Raceway last Sunday when, at his fi rst look at the track, he scored a powerful win in a best of day 30.03 sec. Dub Me In is not foolproof but from box one he looks to be the testing material here. ROUSE FLYER is one of the best locallytrained greyhounds going around at the moment. Trained at Glencoe by Barry Shepheard, the veteran chaser has drawn a tough heat but he’s never been going better. Mortlake trainer Peter Hubbard in January had CAIRNLEA PETER at Tara Raceway where he won three races in succession in good times. He’s since had three starts at Sandown Park and won there on February 16 in a smart 29.85 sec. for the 515 metre journey. Only lightly raced but Cairnlea Peter is another one that has already created a huge impression on the local scene. Heat 3 NOT the strongest of the heats and for that reason Casterton trainer Brendan Bunworth looks to get his chance with MACCABOY. The big black son of Return The King hasn’t won since last November but he possesses a powerful fi nish and has been placed at his past four starts. COOL TAPPIN’ is another one that doesn’t win out of turn although he also looks well placed and should be able to fi nd a forward spot from box one. Cool Tappin’ is trained at Tarpeena by Allen Williams, who won last year’s cup with Colville. MONTY’S LAD, another one from the Andy Graham kennel, is a winner from box four and this is the sort of race he could get away with. Heat 4 BOURNE AGAIN is going to take a power of beating from box eight for Allendale East trainer David Peckham, who has had cup fi nalists the past two years but is yet to taste success. The brindle bitch’s last win was late last year when she defeated the current in-form chaser Flaming Gold in the Christmas Cup 32 - The Border Watch, Thursday, February 27, 2014 RARE FORM: Sir Lenny, pictured with trainer Brendan Bunworth and Kayla Mitchell, continued his excellent form with another good win at Tara Raceway last Sunday. He’s drawn box eight in heat fi ve of the Mount Gambier Cup and this is another tough race. fi nal over 512 metres at Tara Raceway. After showing early pace, she worked home well to fi nish a 2.5 length third behind Sir Lenny last Sunday and a repeat of that sort of performance would see her right in this. Ken Gill, better known as the trainer of recently-crowned SA Greyhound of the HUGE IMPRESSION: Tom SInnott and Dub Me In which created a huge impression when winning at Tara Raceway last Sunday. He has drawn box one in an extremely strong second heat of the Mount Gambier Cup. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au No margin for error in quality cup heats Year Ernie Bung Arrow, has FARMEROO engaged from box four. He’s a last start Angle Park 515 metre winner in a fair 30.23 sec. but has broken 30 sec. at that track. The fawn dog has won nine races from only 28 starts but it’s always a tough ask fi rst up at Tara Raceway. The closest we can come to Ernie Bung Arrow is with litter brother SLIPPER’S MIGHT which has drawn box two for Richard Clayfi eld of Glenroy. He hasn’t done much wrong in his few starts in the South East although this is a step up in class. Heat 5 ANOTHER top heat with VEETEE EXPRESS the interesting runner. Trained at Devon Meadows by the astute Paul Anderton, this daughter of Black Enforcer x Keep Cool has won 20 races and $38,000 in prizemoney. Veetee Express has won on something like nine different tracks in Victoria so Tara Raceway and box three shouldn’t present her with too many problems. SIR LENNY is racing in rare form at the moment for Bree Bunworth of Casterton. The 35 kilogram brindle dog turned in a top effort at Tara Raceway on Sunday to hold out Unleash Nitro when winning in 30.27 sec. He does, however, look to be drawn on the wrong side of the track, having never won from box eight. OUT THIS WAY, trained by Brian Weis of Portland, comes into the race from box fi ve on the back of wins at Warrnambool and Horsham. The son of Premier Fantasy is also racing well but does appear better suited to the one-bend tracks. Heat 6 POETIC MOVER was an impressive winner for Don Turner when he brought him down on February 14. At his fi rst look at the track he clocked a smart 30.05 sec. for the 512 metre journey and from box three he shouldn’t have any trouble fi nding his way around. Poetic Mover has since run unplaced at Angle Park but he looks well placed here for Turner who owned last year’s cup winner. IRISH ANGEL hasn’t performed all that well at her past two starts for David Peckham but prior to that had run Cairnlea Peter to a length in what was a really good effort. Interestingly, Irish Angel is the only sub-30 second winner at Tara Raceway this year. BENARA COSMIC is stepping up in class for Compton trainer Tracie Price but from box eight he might be able to keep out of trouble. The fawn son of Cosmic Rumble just held out Damonic over 512 metres in a more than handy 30.23 sec. last Sunday and Price had no hesitation in declaring him a cup starter immediately after the race. Heat 7 BRIAN Weis’s UNLEASH NITRO was all the rage last Sunday following a recent satisfactory trial in sub-30 seconds. But from box eight he was unable to run down Sir Lenny and had to be content with a half length second. Sir Lenny is a pretty handy type so Unleash Nitro’s effort wasn’t all that bad. He’s drawn box seven but once again he’s got formidable opposition in the form of DEE DEE CORSAIR. Robyn McKellar is bringing the black son of Dashing Corsair down from Adelaide and from box six on a new track it won’t be easy. However, with a record of 23 wins from 70 starts for $36,000 in prizemoney he still looks the one to beat. Tracie Price’s front-running chaser FLAMING GOLD has never been racing in better form with recent wins at Horsham and Tara Raceway. Box fi ve shouldn’t worry him and quite likely he’ll be the one they have to catch.
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