MARILYN Mackenroth died of a sudden heart attack four years ago last Saturday.
Her death left husband Kenny devastated and in need of something to lead him out of that depression.
Greyhound racing came to his rescue.
Last Thursday night, Kenny's bitch Alota Amy (Cosmic Rumble-Maywyn Or Ebay) scored a sensational 29.73 victory in a heat of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup (520m).
She scored by a head over Joyce Rumble with five and a half lengths to Rather Dapper in third to bring up her 17th victory in a 52-start career.
She now goes into this week's rich final having drawn the coveted rails and Kenny is confident his bitch is at her best from the perfect draw.
“In fact, this is the first time she has gone into a series with the perfect preparation,” said Kenny.
Alota Amy has always shown great ability but niggling injuries, and one major one, have caused Kenny heartache.
“She dropped a back muscle in a heat of the Ipswich Cup last year and that took three months and a lot of work to get over,” he said.
“And in July this year she ripped her foot open during a race.”
Alota Amy is a fast 600m Albion Park winner and even led champion Fanta Bale by 10 lengths into the back straight in a heat of the Gold Cup in June only to badly cramp.
Obviously for one with such ability, Alota Amy has a breeding career planned by Kenny.
“But I am also going to breed with her litter sister Alota Future who, at one stage, appeared to be even better than Amy,” said Kenny.
Alota Amy is rising four years old in November but Kenny and the Bloomfield family of which he is a part known only too well that this age is the “prime” for the breed.
“We have been breeding with these lines for generations now and have come to realise their best comes when they hit three and a half years old to four,” he said.
Right in time for the Gold Coast Cup.
Cosmic Bonus On Track To End Group Race Duck
EVELYN Harris says the recipe is all in the handling.
Evelyn is the breeder, part-owner and trainer of Cosmic Bonus who last Thursday night at Albion Park jumped the best he has ever done in his 40-star career to lead throughout to win a heat of the Gold Coast Cup.
Cosmic Bonus scored by three-quarters of a length in a scorching 29.73 beating Thirty Talks with a length and three-quarters to No Like Tommy in third.
Cosmic Bonus brought up win number 19 in his career and he has been placed nine times for $81,000 in stakes.
Evelyn admitted she had changed the dog's training about in recent weeks keeping him a bit fresh and she and husband Lenny had stopped travelling about so much with him.
She admits that she is rising 70 and Lenny rising 69 next year and the constant tripping to Wentworth Park with Cosmic Bonus had taken its toll on them and the dog.
“But, I have also started handling the dog myself in his past three of four starts and every time he has jumped well,” she said.
She has no plans to change that new-found successful routine with the dog.
Cosmic Bonus has drawn to perfection in the two for this week's Cup final.
“A lot of the 'experts' tell us he is best suited from a wide draw, but we know he loves to get onto the rails,” said Evelyn.
Cosmic Bonus will back up after the Gold Coast Cup in the heats of the Lismore Gold Cup.
The son of Cosmic Rumble-Dark And Stormy has been a great race dog from day one.
He won the Pop Northfield Maiden series at Casino as a baby, has been second in a Young Guns at Albion Park but also made the final of the Group 1 Winter Cup, Group 2 Qld Derby, Group 3 Casino Cup and now the Gold Coast Cup. His mother Dark And Stormy has a 15 month old litter by Fernando Bale breaking in with great reports.
Decision Time For Russell
THE next few weeks will be decision time for leading trainer Darren Russell.
Darren runs Snug (Fabregas-Befitting) in the final of the Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park this week but would also like to take her to Victoria for a Melbourne Cup campaign.
Timing it all might be the toughest of problems for Darren.
Snug ran 29.93 to win her heat of the Cup last Thursday night scoring narrowly over Opal Nera with a length and a quarter to Gunnadoo Rev in third.
Russell has had the bitch for only a handful of starts and finished third in the recent Group 3 Casino Cup with her.
“She hasn't done much since Casino so she went into the heats at Albion a bit fresh,” he said.
“I believe there is a great deal of improvement to come from her. And her best attribute is her first section. At her past two Albion starts she has run 5.50 and 5.49 to the first mark.”
Russell took Lismore Cup winner Tripum to Victoria last year and made the Melbourne Cup Final with the dog.
He would like to undertake a similar program but the need to contest a prelude at Sandown is a concern because he also wants to run Snug in the Lismore Cup series.
“It would be a tough ask fitting it all in,” he said.
But Snug is a promising bitch who has won eight of her 18 starts and been placed six times for owner Lorne Collins.
The bitch was bred by the late Barry Dull.
Dam Befitting was an outstanding Group class stayer.