Kikem Elly puts the foot down to clock best time

KIKEM Elly bounced back to her best with a brilliant win at Tamworth yesterday.

The Hayden Munn-trained blue bitch romped away to a six and half length win in the third heat of the Kooty Meats 4th/5th Grade (340m).

The daughter of El Galo clocked 20.02secs to be fastest qualifier for Saturday’s Kooty Meats 4th/5th Grade Final at Tamworth

Earlier Golden Spark had won the first heat in 20.11secs for Uralla owner/trainer Robert Bray, then Grand Return won the second heat for Muswellbrook’s Beverley and Ken Bell in 20.25secs.

It was their second win of the day after Demerit had won the third race of the day for the Hunter Valley couple.

Bingara’s David Rose also had plenty to celebrate when El Sportsmans won the Committee Best 8 Free For All (457m).

It was the black dog’s fourth win in five starts at Tamworth and his 22nd all up.

Kennelmates Sportsmans Liam and El Sportsmans Shiraz also ran second for Rose to Lochie’s Revenge (Daniel Hatch) and Wattle Valley (Ben Spence) respectively.

Dubbo dog, Mountain High also gave visiting owner/trainer Robert Ingram a bonus for the long trip, winning the Dukes Ice Supply Maiden (402m).

Tamworth Greyhound Racing Club committeeman Lloyd Rock said the club has been experiencing an upturn in fortunes.

“We’ve been getting good crowds and the dogs are coming from everywhere, Dubbo, Muswellbrook, Gunnedah,” Lloyd Rock said.

“We don’t know what the secret is but hope it keeps going.”

TGRC president Robert Munn said it augurs well for this Saturday’s meeting.

“We had a really good day last Saturday.

“This Saturday is also a family fun day, got the jumping castles for the kids and handouts as well.

“And we have three good Finals.

“The Tamworth Scrap Metals over the 402m is worth $1000 to the winner. Then the Kooty Meats Final is worth $600 to the winner and we also have a Maiden Final worth $500 to the winner plus a $100 voucher from Tara Greyhound Equipment.”

Munn said seven new sponsors had come on board in recent weeks to help make the prizemoney more appealing.

His younger brother, Hayden, will be hoping Kikem Elly can relieve his brother of some of that prizemoney in Saturday’s Kooty Meats Final.

“She needs to draw out wide again in the Final,” HAyden Munn said.

“She drew box two here the other day and didn’t go.”

She finished third over the 402m to Candelo Kidz but yesterday she ripped across from the six box to spear away approaching the hairpin turn and was never headed.

She ended up winning by six and half lengths in good time.

“We’ve only had her 12 starts,” Hayden Munn said.

“Got her on the long weekend and now she’s won four for us.”

The 21-year-old Munn has eight dogs in work and will be praying for a wide box to give him a better chance for the $600 cheque.

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