SA duo land seven winners to post training milestones

Caption: Trainer Tony Rasmussen landed seven of the 12 races at a recent Thursday night Angle Park meeting, topping his previous best return of six winners at the same track.

Chase writer MIKE HILL tracks the trainers who recorded multiple-winners at a single track across the past month

PREMIER South Australian trainers Tony Rasmussen and Tracie Price achieved incredible personal milestones at their principal tracks last month.

Rasmussen landed seven winners at the 12-race Thursday night meeting at Angle Park, while Price achieved a similar feat at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway.

And at Darwin, trainer Steele Bolton dominated, rugging up five winners at three separate meetings and a quartet at another, while Dalma’s Ken Boody landed a ‘big six’ and a five at Rockhampton.

Taking 14 runners to his home track, Price led in a record seven winners at the 11-race Sunday meeting.

He also added two quinellas, a first-four and a third placing to his amazing achievement with only one of the 14 runners missing a place (fourth) .

“I thought a few of them were well placed, and that maybe we could get four or five … but to get seven was really good,” Price said in one SA interview.

The day not only signified a career best for the Compton-based trainer, it was also a club record.

“I’ve had six twice but seven is the record here now,” said Price, who has been a leading trainer at Tara Raceway for almost a decade.

He’s won the trainer’s premiership three times since 2013 and been runner-up on six occasions.

“It’s all about having good dogs around you, though,” he said.

“I’m hoping it won’t be the last time I do it, but you walk away from the track after a good day and it’s pretty pleasing.”

Price’s winners included Charley Davidson ($3.40), Warby’s Delight ($1.55 fav), Gold Comet ($3.20) and Whole Way ($8.50) and finished with Banjo Bert ($2.25 fav), Giant’s Flash ($1.70 fav) and Minnie Banjo ($1.22 fav) – all members of the same Banjo Boy-Navada Flame litter.

Price was quick to pay tribute to his team.

“It’s a big job out here. We have 26 greyhounds in work and all told around 60 on the property,” he said.

“It’s certainly a team effort. Karen, my wife, reckons she has plenty to put up with, and, believe me, she has.

“My son, Ben, is out here every day. And I can’t speak highly enough of Kevin Patzel whose attention to detail and reliability is outstanding.

“Also, Moesha Canala is a great help at the track on race days. And we’ve got terrific owners.”

Following last month’s success, Price is poised to have a strong representation in this month’s Group 3 Carlin & Gazzard MG Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), with heats on Sunday, April 3, and the $25,000-to-the-winner final on April 10.

“Minnie Banjo and Giant’s Flash will be set for the Cup, and probably Right Way,” Price said.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen said: “Yep, we had a good night out. I thought I’d win four or five as the dogs were all well boxed.”

His winners were Miss Scallywag ($2 fav), George The First ($9.50), Jackpot Joan ($3.20), Val Ali ($3.90), Victa Grosso ($1.35 fav), Hot Spartan ($5.50) and Victa Mikey ($1.80 fav).

Like Price, Rasmussen’s previous best was six at an Angle Park Monday meeting.

Speaking later, he was reported as saying: “My wife Lisa and I, all the staff, all the casuals who help out, we are all ecstatic.”

Rasmussen, SA’s leading trainer for the past five years, said he believed he should have landed winner number eight.

“I thought Lot Of Poise would win the Launching Pad final but he got cleaned up at  the start,” he said.

The Rasmussen kennel, with Lisa a leading trainer in her own right,  has been one of the premier operations in greyhound racing for many years.

Joining Bolton and Boody with five winners during the month were leading Victorian trainer Andrea Dailly, who picked up her quintet at The Meadows and the Delbridges – Lisa (four winners) and Mark (one), who dominated at a Geelong meeting.

A growing number of trainers rugged up four winners at their respective tracks, including Neville Loechel (Angle Park), Gary Johnson (Devonport), Bill McMahon (Sale), Anthony Bullock (Launceston and Devonport), Ron Phillips (Darwin), Lexia Isaac (Cannington), Cyndie Elson (Ipswich) and Tracie Price (Mt Gambier).

Treble winners came thick and fast across the nation.

Victoria: Glenn Campbell (Geelong), Craig Treherne (Geelong), Paul Hammerstein (Horsham), Bill McMahon (Traralgon twice), Dave Burnett (Sandown Park), Peter Presutto (Shepparton), Ben Magri (Sandown Park), Des Douch (Warragul) and Jason Thompson (Warrnambool).

NSW: Julie King (Grafton), Jason Mackay (Maitland),  Brad O’Neil (Bathurst), Pamela Braddon (Dubbo) and Evelyn Harris (Grafton).

Queensland: Paul McIlveen (Bundaberg), Darryl McGrath (Albion Park), Lindsay McCarthy (Bundaberg), David Plummer (Bundaberg twice), Brad Belford (Townsville twice), Darren Taylor (Rockhampton), Jedda Cutlack (Ipswich), Carol Pickard (Townsville), Adam McIntosh (Rockhampton), Christine Pollard (Rockhampton) and Warren Nicholls (Rockhampton).

SA: Tracie Price (Mt Gambier), David Peckham (Murray Bridge), Gavin Harris (Angle Park), Tony Rasmussen (Angle Park) and Martin Doyle (Murray Bridge).

WA: Jacqueline Wilson (Mandurah twice), Colleen Pierson (Cannington) and Terrence Erenshaw (Mandurah).

Tasmania: Anthony Bullock (Hobart, Launceston twice), Ed Medhurst (Hobart) and Glenn Howlett (Hobart).

NT: Adam Poulter (Darwin).

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