By David Lewis
KONGORONG trainer John Little’s win with Bungaloo Anne in last Thursday’s Trackside Meats Maiden Stake over 400 metres at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting continued his good run this year with members of his Pure Titanium x Bungaloo Sunset litter.
An unlucky second at her first start the week prior, Bungaloo Anne did the job well when taking the lead from Big Cadillac down the back before running away to a four-lengths win in a fair time of 23.32 seconds.
By Pure Titanium, who has only six litters on the ground, out of seven-race local winner Bungaloo Sunset – her last win being over track specialist Cryer’s Fred – the Little-bred litter has won five races this year at Tara Raceway.
Bungaloo Erin had won three races and Bungaloo Sarah one prior to the win last week of Bungaloo Anne who Little is predicting could well be the pick of the litter.
With three of the wins being maiden events, an extra $3000 has been generated for connections through the SA-Bred Maiden Bonus Scheme which is operated by Greyhound Racing SA.
Mount Gambier owner-trainer Noel Perry took training honours at last week’s meeting when Menari Vegas and Compton Brett were successful.
The longshot double was his first since Sepember 29, 2019 when Pa’s Chance and Lektra Phyliss had won at Tara Raceway.
Perry, who these days is also the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president, owned his first greyhound, Iceman Lang, back in 2013.
Through necessity, his first winner as a trainer came in early July 2018 with his $15 chance Mount Duke.
“To be honest, I just couldn’t find anyone remotely interested in training my dogs,” Perry said.
“So I decided to train them myself.
“I figured it couldn’t be all that hard.”
Raced by Sally Weis, Menari Vegas led all the way from box three in the Commercial Hotel 1-4 Wins Stake (400m), hanging on to win by a head over Dressed Up in 23.38 seconds.
By Farmor Las Vegas out of Baurna Sal, he was also bred by Perry.
The litter also includes the Perry-trained pair Rough In Vegas and the Weis-owned Giveaway Vegas, a winner of her past two races, the last one over Menari Vegas the previous week.
After his customary slow start, Compton Brett took full advantage of box one, finding the front down the back in the Rock’s Tavern Stake 1-4 Wins Stake (512m) before running away to a 3½ lengths win in 30.40 seconds.
Owned by Tracie Price, Compton Brett’s win was his first since January when he had been successful in the Sims Family Memorial Maiden over 512 metres.