Successful litter’s tale continues

A recent double at Tara Raceway to sisters Glenville Rose and Shimmy Sharna continued the successful run for the Aston Dee Bee x Majestic Tale litter.

Majestic Tale, a daughter of Collision and Crystal’s Voice, won 16 races at Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Angle Park, Gawler and Strathalbyn.

And Glenroy-based Richard Clayfield, who owns and trains Glenville Rose and is part-owner and trainer of Shimmy Sharna, continues to take a keen interest in the litter’s progress.

“I reared Glenville Rose and Shimmy Sharna, along with multiple winners De Minaur, Fab Six and Fiddly.

“Other members from the litter of 10 to also have won are Helen’s Memory, Roxy Diva and Diva’s Secret.

“And while it’s predominantly a short-course litter it has produced 67 winners in NSW, Victoria, SA, WA and New Zealand.”

Clayfield is currently pre-training several youngsters from a Majestic Tale litter by Magic Sprite for Morphett Vale breeder Damien Smith.

Meanwhile, another treble last week to Jack Trengove, the 23-year-old trainer from Two Wells, has seen him move into the Ian Badger Leading Trainers top 10.

That’s a fair effort considering it was only in June that he first raced at Mount Gambier after having relocated from Broken Hill.

Since then, his regular visits to Tara Raceway have been highlighted by four doubles, five trebles and one day of four winners.

On October 31 he celebrated the return of distance racing at the local track when winning the Winning Post Supplies Back to Distance Racing Feature (732 metres) with Criminal.

And his most recent treble was kicked off by Stellar Stone in the Rock’s Tavern Back to Distance Racing Stake (732 m).

She chased Springvale Anna until approaching the home turn where she took over the running and held out Whole Way for a two length win in 43.75 seconds.

By Fernando Bale x Voussoir, Stellar Stone is raced by the Michael Johnston-managed The Winning Edge Syndicate with Trengove being the brindle bitch’s sixth trainer.

“It was good to see her rewarded for her consistency after minor placings in the first two distance events to be run here in a long time.

The staying journey is certainly no problem for her.

“I reckon she’d probably run another lap if you let her,” he said.

How sweet it is

They do not come much better bred than Sweet Panama, winner by a country mile of the Bartholomew Pick 6 Maiden Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

By the boom US sire Superior Panama (KC And All x USS Ceremony), the February 2020 whelping is out of Sweet It Is (Mogambo x Off Springer), a winner of 23 races and $945,000 in stakemoney.

Purchased as a pup, Sweet Panama is raced by Ballarat butcher Ben Clay and reared and also trained at Two Wells by Bec Romyn.

He was lining up for his third start after two unplaced runs over 530 metres at Angle Park.

And the black dog was never in any danger of defeat, eventually running out a 12 lengths winner over Compton Kim in a quick 29.77 seconds – the fastest maiden time this year at Tara Raceway.

Later, Romyn brought up a double when Rockstar Ruby, a daughter of Fernando Bale and Red Rocks, led all the way in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) to defeat Silver Cadillac by 1¾ lengths in 29.89 seconds.

It was the end of another successful day at Tara Raceway for the 40-year-old Romyn who at the previous Sunday meeting had won with the Clay-owned Viatrix and Sevilla in a best of day 23.05 seconds (400 m).

A trainer in Victoria for 13 years before relocating to SA in July 2020, she first made her presence felt locally at this year’s Commercial Hotel Mount Gambier Cup in April with Renewed, a heat winner and subsequent runner-up to Zipping Zarbo in the final.

And speaking of hotels.

The Commercial Hotel will be one of eight hotels represented at Sunday’s South-East Hoteliers Day at Tara Raceway.

Others involved are Jens Hotel, Pines Hotel, Park Hotel, South Eastern Hotel, South Aussie Hotel, Mount Gambier Hotel and the Federal Hotel.

Looking to resurrect in some small way the tradition of publicans and greyhound coursing, the main race of the day will be known as the Licensed Victuallers Challenge.

This will be run over 512 metres with the eight hotels drawing a runner and hoping to win the LVC.

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