DARTING TO THE FRONT
A night out between friends at Angle Park greyhounds was the catalyst to form a syndicate, and the group enjoyed their first success with a win at Gawler on Sunday night.
In the first race on the program, a Maiden event over the 400m distance, El Jerico was best away from box 1, to narrowly take the lead from My Mate Boofa (5) and Another Crazy (2). Sticking to the rails, El Jerico was able to dart away from the rest of the field, to score convincingly by 7 lengths from Luke Tyson (8), in the time of 23.58 secs on a heavy track. The second placed Luke Tyson is trained at Gawler by Tony Lagana, with My Mate Boofa finishing third for Renata Maruszczyk of Lewiston.
El Jerico is prepared for racing by Richard Pearce of Gawler River, and is raced by the Forty Plus syndicate, managed by Lee Bolton. The syndicate of six all know each other through playing darts, with a couple of members having previously owned greyhounds, but without success. To start the syndicate, a pair of littermates were purchased from NSW, and subsequently arrived in Richard’s care at four months of age. The pups appealed because their mother had produced numerous winners from previous litters, and had a good strike rate. Richard also liked the prospects and secured another three from the litter for himself.
Tonight’s win came after three previous runs at Gawler, which had yielded a third placing. Lee spoke highly of Richard’s approach to training, saying that “he left no stone unturned to care for his greyhounds, and give them every possible chance to succeed”.
Named “Fang” in the kennel because she has an undershot jaw which shows her prominent teeth, this has however not hampered El Jerico’s performance. The other pup in the purchase has been named Senorita Chloe, and after being held up with minor injuries, is due to commence her racing career shortly. With this pair of runners, hopefully the syndicate is now on target to have some success at the track.
Racing at Gawler continues every Sunday evening and Tuesday afternoon, so enjoy close up racing action and a great meal trackside.