It came as no surprise to Westbury owner-trainer Brian Shipp that Brumby Bomber ( Brumby Lad – Kanowna Belle) was able to win the WHK Invitation (452 metres) conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
“He was suited from the red box and is normally a very quick beginner, so I gave him a good winning chance in a pretty tough field,” he explained.
Everything went to plan, Brumby Bomber flew the lids and ran quick early sectionals which meant that his rivals were unable to run him down, in the time of 25.87.
The chaser has now won 12 races since being purchased from South Australia as an eight month-old pup, for what was virtually a “give-away”price.
“He has been a very handy chaser to have around my kennels, I have a great deal of time for him,” Shipp revealed.
The trainer has also won seven races with Brumby Bomber's litter-sister Jillaroo Belle, which will contest the O'Driscoll Coaches Grade 4 event (461 metres) at Tattersalls Park tonight (Thursday).
“She has won two of her last three and is some chance tonight again at reasonable odds,” he explained.
However Shipp, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, is not looking forward to the long trip home late at night.
Three or four decades ago, when living in Victoria, he won 26 races with a very handy chaser named Seaworthy, but on relocating to Tasmania became involved with harness racing.
Torado Hanover mares Norma Neptune and Emmylou Hanover were the pick of the pacers that he handled, the latter winning the 1993 Tasmanian Oaks with David Wesley in the spider.
“I had a couple of falls while working my pacers and hit the ground pretty hard, so I eventually decided to revert back to greyhound racing with pleasing results,” he revealed.
Meanwhile the well related Palooka (Dyna Lachlan – It's A She) was unplaced on debut in Tuesday's Seba Sheetmetal Juvenile (452 metres).
A very strong tip on course following a promising trial, he missed the kick slightly from the red box and after being checked, was never a winning chance, eventually running third to the former Victorian chaser Tiza Dee (Where's Pedro – Tiza Moment).
Raced by Devonport's Leigh Alexander and prepared for him by Burnie mentor Allan Clark, Palooka is one to follow in coming months.
Veteran Broadmarsh trainer Keith Nichols was seen in the winners circle at the meeting with lightly raced Pele ( Cosmic Rumble – Pretty Larkhill).
Raced by Victorian owner Connie Sofra, Pele flew the lids and was never in danger of defeat in the Surepick Maiden (452 metres).
A well supported $5.80 commodity, the chaser had four lengths to spare at the wire and is also likely to repeat the dose in the very near future.