El Galo Is 2008 Australian Greyhound of The Year
Written By Kevin Pitstock Monday 6th April 2009
El Galo started 34 times during 2008 for 23 wins, six seconds and two thirds. The explosive blue son of Whereâ€™s Pedro enjoyed spectacular success at Group level. He won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup, Group 2 Bendigo Cup,Warrnambool CupGold Coast CupandBulli Gold Cupand was placed in theAustralian CupPaws of ThunderandWangaratta Cup
Owner, Seona Hood, enthralled the large crowd with a heart felt acceptance speech, confirming in the process that the end of El Galoâ€™s racing career may be near. El Galo has qualified for Saturday nightâ€™s $150,000 to the winnerNice Productsa title="Golden Easter Egg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.australianracinggreyhound.com/tag/golden-easter-egg">Golden Easter EggFinal atWentworth Park He will start favourite and victory will almost certainly close the door on what has been a truly brilliant career.
Reg Kay was named as the Australian Trainer of the Year for 2008. Kay maintained a small kennel throughout the year by enjoyed Group success with four greyhounds,Knocka Norris(Group 1 RapidviteNational Sprint Championship, Made to Size (Group 1 Garrards Winter Cup),Size Can Matter(Group 1Sky Channel Perth Cupand Group 2 Brandons Electrical Derby) andElite Oriental( Group 1 SchweppesNational Futurity.
The long retired by still highly influential Token Prince and the emerging superstarBombastic Shiraztied as the leading Australian Stud Dogs for 2008. Chinatown Babe the dam ofChinatown Ladand Fallen Zorro was named as the nationâ€™s leading brood bitch.
The AGRA Run of the Year also went to Chinatown Lad in recognition of his track record run over 720m at Wentworth Park on August 30, 2008. He led throughout and posted a sensational 41.93, becoming the first greyhound in history to break 42 seconds at the famous Glebe circuit.
Friday nightâ€™s function also included AGRA Hall of Fame inductions. For the first time the awards were presented in expanded form with a number of new categories. The inaugural inductees were warmly received by all in attendance and have set the benchmark for future induction criteria.
AGRA Executive Officer,Brenton Scott said this week that AGRA had been delighted at the outstanding feedback received regarding the function.
â€śA National point of recognition has been missing but the gap was filled on Friday night.
â€śThe AustralianGreyhound Of The Yearand AGRA Hall of Fame are now entrenched as the Nationâ€™s most important Award nightâ€ť, said Mr Scott.
The NSW GBOTA hosted the 2008 Awards,Greyhounds WAwill host the 2009 Awards in Perth.
AGRA Australian Greyhound Of The Year 2008 Award Winners
- 2008 Sky Channel Australian Greyhound Of The Year – El Galo
- 2008 Australian Trainer of the Year – Reg Kay
- 2008 Stud Dog of the Year – Joint Winners : Bombastic Shiraz and Token Prince
- 2008 Australian Brood Bitch of the Year – Chinatown Babe
- AGRA Run of the Year – Chinatown Lad
2008 AGRA Hall of Fame Inductees
- Male Greyhound Based onBreedingPerformance – Temlee
- Female Greyhound Based on Breeding Performance – Osti Too
- Trainers – Ray Herbert & Jim Coleman
- Breeders – Rod Deakin & Allen Wheeler
- Administrators – Arthur Morgan, Roy Maidment & Howard Ashton
- Associates – Bill Pearson & Paul Ambrosoli