Happy 21st For Tornado Time

By Jeff Collerson
Tornado Time, who is being kept in training only until the $100,000 Masters Meteor series is staged during next month's TAB Million Dollar Chase carnival, notched her 21st win for Portland owner-trainer-breeder Peter Barnes at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Tornado Time led throughout to score an easy win in Saturday's Masters race, lifting her earnings to more than $62,000.

"She turned four in June and I have already made arrangements to give her to another breeder when she finishes racing,'' Barnes said.

"In return I will get a couple of her puppies but I have too many bitches at home and simply can't keep them all.

"I have kept Tornado Time going with a view to having her in the Masters Meteor heats at Wentworth Park on October 10 although until tonight she had been a bit disappointing lately.

"Her litter brother My Bro Connor has been racing better but whenever he is drawn in a Masters race at Wenty it is usually race nine or 10 and that is no good for him because he is a bad kennel dog.''

Prospective buyers missed a chance to own a Wentworth Park winner when Mow Keeping took the lead at the first turn to win Saturday's opening event over 520m.

Shayne Stiff, whose partner Charmaine Roberts owns and trains Mow Keeping, said: "The dog has been on the market for $12,000 for quite a while but there have been no takers.

"It doesn't worry us though because since he has been for sale Mow Keeping has earned $8000 in prizemoney at Wentworth Park over the past month.''

A return to the odds and evens method of placing the greyhounds in the boxes helped the Garry Edwards-trained Go Baby Go begin brilliantly for an all-the-way win in a slick 29.91 on Saturday night.

"During the covid-19 lockdown the dogs were being boxed two at a time with the result that some greyhounds were waiting to jump for a longer than normal period,'' Edwards said.

"Since we have gone back to the old method with the odd numbers being boxed first and the even numbers in the second row, Go Baby Go has been jumping well like she did tonight.

"Even so, I was pleasantly surprised that she was able to break 30 seconds for the 520m trip.''

Highly Effective roared into calculations for next month's group 1 Sydney Cup series with his second Wentworth Park 720m win on Saturday.

The Darren Sultana-trained dog led all the way to upset favourite Zipping Bram in a nippy 42.35, just .20sec outside his personal best long distance time at headquarters.

Time honours for the 520m journey on Saturday were with the Tess Simmons-trained Incapacitated, who won in 29.86 last week and produced identical figures to score easily on Saturday.

Incapacitated was second to the pen but took over on the back straight for an easy win over favourite Unreal Ethics, who ruined his chances once again with a shocking getaway.

John Finn was without his retired champion all distance dog Blue Moon Rising at Wentworth Park on Saturday but did not go home empty handed, taking out a 520m race with the champ's younger half brother Rhyme Not Reason.

Rhyme Nor Reason had won from box six in 29.89 at Wentworth Park on August 26 and exited the same draw to win in 29.93 on Saturday.

"Rhyme Nor Reason likes an outside draw and is like most members of his litter, they don't like being crowded so wide boxes generally suit them,'' Finn said.