Cudal mentors, Amanda and Glen Ginn, are enjoying a purple patch of form at present with their highly successful breeding line moving from strength to strength on the provincial circuits. The brother and sister training team are currently racing a litter out of their terrific broodbitch, Miss Bliss, whose pups are just six wins away from achieving the remarkable feat of 100 wins on the racetrack.
Amanda and Glen are from a racing family, with Amanda only resuming her involvement in the industry relatively recently. However, in a short amount of time she has realised her love for the sport and has enjoyed an exciting ride with some very handy performers.
“Glen and dad used to have trotters but then we moved to Sydney and the property was too small for horses so we got dogs instead”, Ginn explained.
“Glen has been doing it for a lot longer than me; he has been doing it for nearly 36 or 37 years. I used to do it when I was younger but I left it for a while. Glen had a hip operation so I started to handle them again and I fell in love with them. I have been back in it for about seven years”.
Their star broodbitch, Miss Bliss, was bred by Glen out of Tahlee Lass and was an honest chaser on the track, winning seven from 58 with 19 minor placings. The daughter of Royal Assassin was also very versatile winning over a wide range of distances. Since moving to the breeding barn, Miss Bliss has had two litters from which she has thrown 100% winners.
“Miss Bliss won from 300 to 600 so she was a good all-rounder”, Ginn said.
“We still have her here, she is nearly 11 years old so we don’t want to breed anymore litters with her but she is still the queen of the castle”.
“She is very motherly, she checks on every dog every day”.
Miss Bliss’ first litter was to a very underrated sire, Bush Legend, in July 2008 and produced seven pups that won a total of 39 races.
“Bill Harrow (the owner of Bush Legend) contacted us when Teddy (Bush Legend) went to stud and gave us a free service. It turned out to be a cracker, the litter was very handy”, Ginn enthused.
Miss Bliss then went to Hesa Felon and whelped six more pups in November 2010. So far, the litter has claimed 55 races with Major Movo and Wrapped Tight battling it out for the top spot, currently sitting on 13 wins each.
When asked what litter she thought was the best, Ginn said that this litter would be likely to take that title.
“Probably these ones, the other litter was more injury prone and these have won more than the last litter”.
As for which pup has been the best, Ginn rates Major Movo (trained by Glen) as the most consistent but expresses that she loves them all; regardless of how many races they have won.
“Major Movo is probably the most consistent, if the luck went his way nothing could stop him but I can’t really split them. They all get the same love and attention no matter what”.
Whilst there is no doubt they are all loved, Ginn says that Hoobilation, a member of the Hesa Felon litter, holds a special place in her heart. The 30 kilogram speedster proved his talent at Wagga Wagga on the 23rd August when he speared `to the front of the field and raced away to score a five and three quarter length win over the 400 metre sprint. The time recorded was a sizzling 22.77 seconds- a new track record.
Whilst this is an incredible achievement for any greyhound, it was even more so for Hoobilation who had a rough start to life and his racing career.
“He had a crook leg as a pup and he was the smallest so the others used to pick on him”, Ginn explained, “He used to limp around and then it would get better but then he would start limping again”.
“When he was nearly ready to race he got a grass seed in his side. We took him to the vet and I helped with the operation but we couldn’t find it (the grass seed) and he had to get 17 stitches down his rib cage”.
“He had two months off and was starting to trial really good when the grass seed came back. He needed another operation and another 20 stitches”.
Many people may not have persevered with a young pup with so many health problems before his racing career even started. This is a testament to Amanda and Glenn’s passion and dedication to their greyhounds.
“We don’t give up on them. It doesn’t matter how much it costs, we do whatever we can for them”.
“We don’t do it for the income; we do it for the love of the dogs”.
Team Ginn could be one step closer to the elusive 100 wins tonight when the speedy Wrapped Tight steps out at Bathurst over 450 metres. Drawn in box three, Wrapped Tight is one of the main chances in the race and, with two moderate beginners on his inside, he should get a nice run into the event.
Ginn knows how much talent he has however, above all, she just wants to see him make it around safely.
“They are all very strong chasers and would chase through a brick wall but I am happy as long as they don’t get hurt”.
“If they can get to the 100 wins I will be ecstatic because not many can do that but I am already proud of them”.
“They make me very happy”.
Wrapped Tight is engaged in race seven tonight at Bathurst which is scheduled to jump at 6:09pm.