George just gets better with age

George just gets better with age

Two Hands George took the 512 metre time honours at Mount Gambier’s time-graded meeting last Thursday with a personal best time of 29.64 seconds when defeating kennelmate Circus Craze.

Bred, owned and trained at Meningie by Thursday regular Tim Richards, Two Hands George matched strides early with his younger half-sister before eventually running out a 1 length winner.

Not bad for a dog who turned five in January.

By Aston Dee Bee out of Molly Be Nimble, Two Hands George’s win last week was his 32nd at start number 159.

Throw in 64 minor placings as well and he’s still doing pretty well.

The win was his second this year following success at Tara Raceway on February 22 over 400 metres – the same day litter sister Butter Up Again – 139 starts for 18 wins and 38 minor placings – was also a 400 metre winner.

All told, the litter has done pretty well.

Justice For All won the 2021 Summer Classic (512 m) at Tara Raceway in race record time.

And later that year Crush Your Enemy won the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) before retiring after 110 starts which resulted in 25 wins and 35 minor placings.

And fellow Meningie owner-trainer Cam Butcher enjoyed plenty of success with Jack’s Well who raced on 78 occasions for 35 wins, 27 minor placings and more than $121,000 in prize money.

Parwan owner-trainer Julie Green’s double with Sudoku Shirley and Sweet Julie was her first at Tara Raceway since May 26, 2022 when Pat The Tiger and Mustang Molly had been successful.

Sudoku Shirley, who went into the Maiden Stake (400 m) having been placed at her only four starts, looked set for an easy win when opening up a big break from box seven.

But in the run home they were coming from everywhere and on the line the early leader managed to hang on for a nose win over Yadillah Scout in 23.82 seconds.

Then, in the following race – the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (305 m) – Sweet Julie looked to have set herself a fair task after making a mess of the start from box one.

Into the home straight, though, and all hell broke loose with Sweet Julie finding herself in the right place at the right time when defeating kennelmate and litter sister Sisters New by 2 lengths in 18.44 seconds.

And while on the subject of doubles, Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club president Rob Gore landed his first double in a 35-year involvement in the sport when Moonlight Annie and Handy Molone were successful.

Following a maiden win over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on Anzac Day, Moonlight Annie, a daughter of Fernando Bale and 11-race winner My Girl Kizzy, was stepped up in distance by Gore last Thursday after some of the litter had been performing well over more ground.

In fact, the previous night at Ballarat, litter brother Pass Mark had won over 660 metres.

And later on Thursday at Sandown Park another litter brother, Container, was successful over 595 metres at Sandown Park.

Lining up from box eight in the Produce Store TG1-4W Stake over 512 metres, Moonlight Annie was only fairly away and still had plenty of work to do down the back straight when a distant third.

But turning for home the black bitch took the rails opening before powering away in the home straight for a 3 length win over Josie’s Jewel in a very handy 29.94 seconds.

After winning his maiden over 400 metres at Tara Raceway at the end of November, Handy Molone, a son of Shima Shine and Lulumon, brought up his second Mount Gambier win and the Gore double in the Exchange Printers TG1-4W Stake (400 m).

Quickly away from box six, Handy Molone led all the way, eventually defeating Silver Streak by 2 lengths in 23.34 seconds.

And the Icon Signs Fast Forward TG1-4W final (400 m) which is made up of the eight fastest greyhounds from two heats – irrespective of their finishing positions – resulted in further success for Quantum Master and owner-trainer Paul Cusack of Mount Cottrell.

The son of Spring Bridge and Spring Bella brought up his sixth win over 400 metres at the track this year when leading all the way from box five and defeating Rise As One by 6 lengths in 23.22 seconds.

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