What a fantastic finish to our 2012 coursing season! They came from far and wide and NSW too. We received 64 nominations which we haven’t had since 2007. A huge thank you to all of our trainers for their support not only at this meeting but throughout the season too.
So Saturday morning the wind was chilly but we started the day with some fantastic courses and a few surprises. Throughout Saturday the greyhounds did not disappoint and by the end of the day we were down to eight, Zambora Blueboy, Dragon Lord, Mr. Kansas, Always Puzzled, Zambora Ace, Ultimatum, Connemara Flame and Phildavian.
Sunday morning came around and the weather was slightly warmer the wind had lost some of its chill but we did get a few showers during the morning but with that we did see some sunshine too. It was definitely a morning of red collar winners. All of the remaining dogs in the quarter finals of the 2012 TGS Waterloo Cup were won by those on the red collar. The semi finals evened things up a little with another red flag Zambora Blueboy trained by Rob Britton to be first past the post but in the 2nd semi it was the white collar worn by Connemara Flame trained by Jerry Maye.
So then there were two, Zambora Blueboy a blue dog who may I say is only 23 months old prepared by Rob Britton down at Lara and Connemara Flame for Jerry Maye and again she only turned two in February so both greyhounds are only young. They both coursed brilliantly over the two days and neither put a foot wrong. When it came down to the final Zambora Blueboy showed his boy power and was too good on the day finishing with about a 2 length win over Connemara Flame.
The first of our consolation races was the Rapidvite Waterloo Plate which was taken out by Blueboy's brother Lover! Yes Zambora Lover was the eventual winner of this event being too strong for Rick Boehm’s Our Debree, again both these dogs are puppies so what huge careers do they have ahead of them one has to ask.
The next consolation for greyhounds defeated in the 2nd round of the Waterloo Cup was the Sale GRC Waterloo Purse and again this was taken out by Russ McRae’s Al Moran who has only been defeated this year by dogs who have won Classic events. He proved to be too good today for Snowy Brindley’s Where’s Hannibal. Our final consolation race was the Silver Eagle Challenge which is predominately for greyhound defeated in the third round of the Waterloo Cup but others who have been beaten on the first day can go into a ballot. This year’s winner was also the winner of the Mogambo @ stud Sylvester Doyle Puppy Championship, Marvel trained by our Vice President Tony Grimmond from Benalla. Marvel was too good this weekend for Five Floods also trained by Rick Boehm.
Our supporting events were kicked off Sunday with the Sale GRC Junior Handlers Maiden and this final saw a couple of our familiar coursing catchers Kayla Cottrell and Hayley Mills get to the final with their charges Andromeda Lass for Kayla/Lionel Kraemer and Little Odessa Hayley/David Jones. This was a great course with all girls concerned both the two legged and the four legged doing a great job but today’s winner was Andromeda Lass for Kayla and Lionel.
Next up was the Sandown GRC Lady Trainers Maiden and this time Marvel’s sister Poison was first past the post for Nicki Grimmond over Just a Fantasy trained by A Terry from Warragul.
The Meadows Bitches Only race brought up a win for the Terry camp when Amlin Lass got the chocolates over Allez Beaten proved he won’t be beaten getting past the post in front of Lee Mitchell’s Sundew Johnny.
On behalf of the NCA I would like to congratulate the Lang Lang Coursing Club on yet another superbly run meeting. 144 courses over the weekend and not a hitch. Well done to all concerned you should give yourselves a big pat on the back.
I would like to take this opportunity to once again sincerely thank all of our sponsors, volunteers who work tirelessly at our tracks week in week out and last but not least our Trainers who bring their dogs along to compete at our meetings. If I can use the words of Rob Britton in his winners speech today “this is real racing” a true test of endurance.
Next year we celebrate 140 years of coursing in Victoria so we hope to see all of the old faces and lots more new ones catching on to coursing !