Chase for big fish spawns idea

Stable return: Geoff Grimish’s Galaxy winner Shellscrape. Photo: Jenny EvansVietnam veteran Geoff Grimish is set to use his racing interests to fund a project to help East Timor people.
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A successful businessman, Grimish is starting a fish farm in East Timor, and hopes he can find a new sire in coming years to supply some cash for his project.

“They helped out our boys in World War II, so I would like to give something back, and this project can help in some way,” he said. “Now I’m retired I have a little more time to put in to this, and racing might be a way to fund it.”

His racing interests have a big weekend ahead as Red Tracer chases an elusive group 1 in the Tattersall’s Tiara. Her brother, Galaxy winner Shellscrape, continues his racing comeback in Melbourne and Green Tracer runs in Singapore.

“They are all Dane Shadows out of the same mare [Kisma], so we could have a big weekend for the family,” he said. “Red Tracer gets her chance in Brisbane to win a group 1, Shellscrape is the best he has been since coming back [from stud] and Green Tracer can hopefully win in Singapore. It is amazing because I had a couple out of the mare before she went to Dane Shadow and they weren’t that good, but these three have all been great horses.

“Something clicked there.”

Grimish has Redoute’s Choice colts out of Kisma coming through, and hopes they have the talent to become stallions.

“That’s the dream,” he said.

Shellscrape, of course, has been to the breeding barn, but when some of the foals were born without tails, he was no longer viable.

“There was something wrong there, so you can’t keep him going,” Grimish said. “I sent a couple of my mares to him, and the reports I’m getting are they are all right. I’m hoping eventually he might be able to go out to stud.”

Grimish decided to send Green Tracer to Singapore, where the Sydney metropolitan winner will make his debut on Sunday.

Singapore trainer Shane Baertschiger is looking forward to seeing how he shapes up.

“He’s obviously not in the same league as Red Tracer or Shellscrape, but he’s done nothing wrong since he came here,” he told the Singapore Turf Club ”… I’m not expecting much, but at least it will give us a better idea how to line up his form here.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.