Racing Queensland (RQ) has today announced a prizemoney increase for thecode over the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Racing Minister Steve Dickson said the extra $269,690 boost from 1 June through to 30 June would attract quality fields and increase turnover.
â€śThe Newman Government has delivered upon our election promise to rebuild a solid, accountable governance structure for racing from the ground up, and this announcement is one of the first outcomes of the new arrangement,â€ť Mr Dickson said.
â€śThe 30,000 strong sector is now being led by its best and brightest, with the return to a code-specific control board model ensuring grassroots industry participants are directly involved in decisions which will build their livelihoods.â€ť
RQ Greyhound Manager Jim Torpey said the prizemoney increase had been an immediate priority for the QueenslandBoard at its first official meeting with industry associations on 21 May.
â€śIt was essential thatreceived a prizemoney increase, and this extra $269,690 is the unused prizemoney from the 2012-2013 financial year,â€ť Mr Torpey said.
â€śTherefore, it only made sense to utilise that available money and inject it into the prizemoney on offer over the Winter Carnival.
â€śWe hope the injection will attract better fields, which will hopefully then attract higher wagering turnover.â€ť
Mr Torpey said the QGRB decided the RockhamptonClub was the main priority to receive additional prizemoney in June.
â€śLocal industry participants were on their knees after the floods which devastated the Rockhampton track earlier this year,â€ť he said.
â€śThey lost seven weeks of racing and countless dollars in prizemoney, so it was only fair to double their prizemoney in June to help the club and its participants get back on their feet.â€ť
As the cold starts to set in here in QLD, the action is just getting warmed up at Albion Park. Tonight sees the running of the annual Winter Chase which is generally a great lead up to the Albion Park Gold Cup.
All the focus will be on the two up and comers. Starliner who has just come of his first Group win in the Big Dog Cup and the Young Gun Mrs Thursday.
Starliner failed last start at his debut over the 710 but was only just beaten and it took a very good seasoned stayer to bring him undone. His overall time was still fantastic. There’s no doubt at all he’s going to be greatly improved by last weeks run and a bold showing should again be on the cards tonight. He should spear straight to the front again, and I reckon he’s got enough in him this week, to hold on.
Heat 2 is certainly a very interesting affair with the highly talented but young gun Mrs Thursday. The seasoned Bizarre Barbie, Keperra Bandit and iron dog Master Brutus.
Mrs Thursday has been shaping as a potential staying superstar who has really put it together in her last two starts. Running fantastic times and running home in blinding fashion, but I suggest we all take notice and beware. Her half sister Piping Hot from the previous litter also started her career off similarly, but after a few starts over the 710m she slowly got further and further back in her races until she was just to far back to win. Her career was promising but short lived. There’s no doubt she can win this, but it’s going to take a super effort to knock off some seasoned campaigners.
Bizarre Barbie has a motor but really only produced it when in training with Victorian mentor Kel Greenough. At her best she can win this but she’s far from that.
Master Brutus has plenty of class and ability. He has posted fast time over this distance and at one stage was near unbeatable.
He’s not in that form now but he can’t be overlooked in this.
These runners are clearly the standouts in the heats and I doubt weather any other runners can upset the apple kart.
Heat 1 kicks of at Albion Park at 7.41pm and heat 2 the first leg of the Quaddie at 8.05pm.
The Mick Byrne Memorial headlines the feature racing this Thursday night at Queensland’s Albion Park. Named in his honour, the event is an annual feature on the Queensland Greyhound calendar with participants remembering the contribution of the greyhound tragic. A life member of the Brisbane Racing Club Mick sadly passed away in 2006. Restricted to 5th graders this years five heats have attracted a number of quality greyhounds both local and interstate.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT ONE – 7.22pm
The ever consistent Mr Garcia for Sandra Hunt draws the cherry in the first heat and he looks to be ideally boxed to continue his good form. Mr Garcia (Bit Chilli – Mrs Trickett) has faced the starter on 24 occasions so far with the outstanding record of 7 wins and a further 11 placings including being a finalist in the recent Albion Park Young Guns. The white and black chaser is easily recognisable in his races and always puts himself in contention with his strong running style and chasing ability. He has great box speed and a good jump here will certainly makes things tough for his opposition.
Looking to spoil the Sandra Hunt show will be Pharmacopia for Margaret Quarrell. The October 2010 son of Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall is from an outstanding litter who between them have made numerous feature finals already this year in Queensland. Pharmacopia himself is a recent Ipswich Auction finalist and Group 2 Derby finalist and after 15 starts has the enviable record of 5 wins and 4 placings. At Albion Park he has raced on 9 occasions for 4 wins including a fast 30.08 registered in March this year. If he can exit the 7 box and clear them early he will be a massive chance of winning this heat and qualifying for yet another feature final.
The other leading chance in heat one looks to be Gotcha Back for Burpengary trainer Gary Keep. The February 2011 black son of Mogambo – Gotcha Covered has been in great form since stepping up in distance to 520m racing. With recent wins at the track and distance in near BOD times, he will be a strong winning chance if he can improve his box manners and avoid early trouble as he exits box 2.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT TWO – 8.25pm
Recent Queensland Futurity Finalist Pearl Za Zinger for John McCarthy looks to be the dog to beat in heat two after drawing the pink rug. Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) has recently contested the Capalaba feature events, and while not disgracing herself the freshen up over the straight 366m track may work in her favour here as she steps back up to 520m racing. The November 2010 whelping has faced the starter on 40 occasions resulting in 6 wins and 18 placings and close to $25,000 in prizemoney.
The Brian Francis trained Arabian McAbdi (Soprano Drive – Elite Juno) will wear the white rug and looks to be the biggest danger to Pearl Za Zinger. With limited starts on the Albion Park circuit where she has registered just the one win from 3 attempts she has won in fast times at Ipswich. In her last 4 Ipswich starts she has recorded 3 wins, including 2 BOD’s in 30.92 and 30.55. If she can replicate her 30.55 Ipswich run here she will be very hard to beat.
Box two runner Poetic Mover for Ray Burman will be another strong winning chance after coming up with the striped box. The January 2011 son of Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe has outstanding recent form including contesting the heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup where he finished 4th behind Irma Bale. He has also recently won a Monday night heat and final. The regular racing seems to have switched him on nicely as he is in a real purple patch of form. With the great overall record of 39 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings he is a definite winning chance with clear running.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT THREE – 8.44pm
Front running Honey Bouquet looks to be the greyhound to beat in heat three after coming up with the ideal cherry box. The beautifully bred June 2010 daughter of Bit Chilli – Honey Mist has really come of age recently and her front running style is well suited to the Albion Park circuit. A recent Big Dog Cup finalist where she produced the best runs of her career in the heat and final she looks well placed here for trainer John Conlon. With the consistent record over the track and distance of 12 starts for 6 wins and 4 placings, she will start a short favourite for the heat as she looks to qualify for another Albion Park feature final. The Dam won the inaugural Mick Byrne Memorial and it would be a great result if she could qualify and win the final, replicating Honey Mist’s 2007 win.
Looking to spoil the party of Honey Bouquet will be the interstate raider Winsome Blackie for Thirlmere trainer and popular mentor John Finn. The November 2010 black son of Bit Chill – Ruby Red Lips has a recent fast Bulli win to his credit and will look to improve on his overall record of 37 starts for 4 wins and 14 placings. The 33 kilogram chaser will look to have more luck then his first and only appearance at Albion Park where he fell in April this year over the 600m journey behind Starliner. He looks to be a strong chaser like most Finn charges and with clear running from box 3 will be one of the fancies to knock off the favourite.
Dayseas Jet for Gilberton mentor Claude Dacey looks a strong place chance in heat three also after drawing box 6. A noted short track performer, the August 2010 son of Cosmic Rumble – Classy Kate has outstanding form at Casino, the Ipswich 431m and Albion Park sprints where he has won a total of 17 races with numerous BOD performances. He struggles to get the 520 m as evidenced by his track and distance record of 5 starts for 1 second. With the overall record of 41 starts for 17 wins and 14 placings, if he can lead clearly and there be any mix up behind him he may hold onto a deserved 520m win. His recent form is excellent with 4 wins and 2 seconds from his last 6 starts. He will need luck behind him however, with the strong finishers of Honey Bouquet and Winsome Blackie engaged. Place chance.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FOUR – 9.28pm
Ben’s House for leading trainer Glenda Dart looks the greyhound to heat in heat four. The son of Runs House – Spirit Released has faced the starter on 24 occasions for the imposing record of 8 wins and 5 placings. He can be sloppy at times from the boxes but he does have a good first section on his day. At Albion Park he has a best time of 30.18 set earlier this month in a BON performance and if he can run up to that time he will take beating.
The consistent Ellie’s Choice for John Edwards looks to be another chance in heat four. The daughter of Buckingham Chuck – Ellie’s Diamond is no stranger to racing at Albion Park having had every one of her 46 starts on the track. Over the distance she has faced the starter on 31 occasions for 6 wins and 13 placings. Her recent from is below her best but if she can find some of her early zip she will give a lot of cheek from the tough box 5.
Peter Simpson returns to Albion Park with Glamour Row, a daughter of Go Wild Teddy – Rose Chalice. From an outstanding litter that includes Rush Of Power and Raging Obsession, Glamour Row will hope to add to the list of litter winners at Albion Park for the inform Simpson kennel. Drawn favourably in box 1, she has had just the two starts here for no luck on both occasions. She is relatively inexperienced with just 9 starts resulting in 3 wins and 3 placings including a last start BOD win at Casino on last Friday. She is better than her times and form shows and with luck will be a strong each way chance.
The offspring of Bit Chilli seem to have a strong chance in the heats and another Bit Chilli offspring in Rylee’s Reign looks a good chance to add to his impressive winners rate as a sire. The June 2010 son of Reneen Lass has a best time over the track and distance of 30.22 set in February this year and overall he has won 13 races from 36 starts with a further 10 placings. Prizemoney already tops $22,000 and with early luck the strong finisher will be charging home late. Dropping back from 600 plus racing, look out for the green rug if he is close at the home turn.
MICK BYRNE MEMORIAL – HEAT FIVE – 9.53pm
Woodview trainer Robert Cooke returns to town with his ultra consistent bitch Watta Jackpot in the 5th and final heat. Drawn the cherry red, the daughter of Vapour Whirl – Teddy’s Jackpot has the great record of 20 starts for 7 wins and 9 placings. At Albion Park the white and black chaser has had two placings from two starts, but with the better draw this time she looks set to atone those placings. Slow early, if she can find a length or two at box rise she will be on the bunny and hard to beat.
Diane Hannon always has a strong chance in feature racing at headquarters and in the Mick Byrne heats that looks to be continued with young black chaser Fashion Guru. A new coming to racing he has faced the bunny on 8 occasions, all over the creek 520m, where he has recorded two wins and 3 placings including a solid 30.23 maiden win in March this year. The July 2011 son of Made To Size – Elegant Enforcer will have to contend with box 7 but he looks a smart young dog and is in good hands with the astute Hannon.
The final contender in the final heat looks to be the aptly named Mr Contender for Derek Milham for Forest Hill. Wearing the striped rug, the 3 year old 35 kilogram black dog has amazed a good record over the track and distance where he has recorded 6 wins and 11 placings from 35 starts. He has a best time of 30.22 set way back in November 2011 but on his day he is a real fighter and at his best will challenge the younger brigade in this. A half brother to the earlier mentioned Runs House, Mr Contender is by Collide – Spirit Released and it will be a great effort if Spirit Released can get two finalists through to next Thursdays final.
The five winners and three second fastest seconds will qualify for the final next Thursday week. All greyhounds will hope to join the list of winners of this great event, that includes fellow winners Honey Mist (2007), Bogie Ace (2008) and Auriga Fox (2010).
Twenty years ago as a hobby owner working and living in Sydney, Gary Pettersen made the decision to head out of town and to start training greyhounds himself. He had owned a couple of greyhounds over the previous five years with mixed success and thought that he should give training ago too. Like very few, the first dog he trained was an instant success, winning lots of races around northern NSW. Single Lord was a quality greyhound showing Gary that the thrill of owning a winner was greatly increased when you trained it as well. “He was a wonderful dog for my first fore-ray into training. I kept thinking, how easy is this!” Gary said. Like most, it would be sometime before Gary’s next champion came along.
Fast forward twenty continuos years in the industry and Gary has the potential staying superstar Starliner (Pure Octane – Borgata) engaged in this Thursday nights final of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup at Albion Park. With close to $50,000 in prizemoney so far, a Starliner victory in the Group 3 final would be Pettersen’s biggest success inso far.
Making the success of Starliner even more rewarding is that he is a real home bred dog that Pettersen bred himself. Starliner was whelped in October 2010, the first litter of the Pettersen owned and raced Borgata. He wasn’t the stand out in the litter and of the three dogs born Pettersen kept only him with the two others sold as pups. ‘I kept two of the bitches and him. He was pure white as a pup. One of the bitches broke in faster than him but unfortunately she didn’t chase. She won first up at Albion Park sight unseen and could have been anything.’ Gary said of a bitch called Starline Stella. ‘I bred and raced the mum Borgata (Whisky Assassin – Starliner Sal) and she showed enough promise and deserved a litter. Starliner is the result of that litter.’
Borgata raced with ability in Northern NSW winning 10 races from 67 starts. She was also placed in another 25 winning about $12,000 in prizemoney. Not bad for a northern rivers dog. Pettersen had bred and raced Borgata’s mum too – Starline Sal (Exceptional – Tears Of Sal). Like Borgata, Starline Sal raced only around the northern rivers. From 30 starts she won only 2 but Pettersen took the risk and decided to breed a litter. There was something that he saw in her that he liked. She had only the one litter and Borgata was the best.
From 35 starts so far Starliner has won 18 and been placed in 11 more. He has only ever raced at Lismore and Albion Park and since stepping up to the 600m journey he has been outstanding. At Lismore his record is 3 from 3 all in best of night. At Albion Park his 600m record is 13 starts for 8 wins and 5 placings. ‘He really is a dream dog. I’m so lucky to have him and I can’t speak highly enough of people who have helped me out over the years with advice” Gary said. ‘Trainers like Ron Ball and Tony Brett have been sensational and they are always congratulating me whenever he wins a race. They are genuinely happy for me and the dog doing well.’
It hasn’t been smooth sailing and the past twenty years have been tough for a number of reasons. ‘With the rain we have had at home at Woodburn, there have been times that the kennels under the house have flooded. I haven’t been able to gallop the dogs for weeks at a time. The dog beds are 8 inches off the floor and the rain water has come up 6. I can’t thank the help and support of my friend Neville Robinson enough. He helped keep the dogs dry, helped with their training, and provided the use of his straight track whenever I needed. He has been wonderful’ said Gary.
“When I started training myself I was after a city dog. One you could take to Albion Park to compete against the big guns” he said. With Starliner he is the big gun and the others are competing with him. Future plans for Starliner include stepping him up over the longer staying journey and heading to the upcoming 710m group races at Albion Park. Melbourne will probably call after that. ‘I have no doubt he will run the distance, he is such a clean winded dog. At Lismore he breaks 30 seconds every time which is usually the sign that they will stay’ said Gary.
Thursday nights Group 3 final looks set to be an open race with all finalists deserving of winning the event. For Gary and Starliner perhaps they are deserving just a little more.
Gr. 3 BIG DOG CUP FINAL
Albion Park 600m – Race 8 at 9.08pm local time.
Prize Money: 1st $25,000 2nd $6,500 3rd $3,500 4th $500
Box 1 – HONEY BOUQUET……….. JOHN CONLON
Box 2 – STARLINER………………….GARY PETTERSEN
Box 3 – BOGIE DAWN…………………ROBERT GILTINAN
Box 4 – CAKES AND PIES…………RON BALL
Box 5 – WITHCOTT WIZARD…….ROBERT GILTINAN
Box 6 – METZ MAGIC………………..RON BALL
Box 7 – IRMA BALE……………………GRAEME BATE
Box 8 – AMADEUS STRIKES…….TONY BRETT
Box 9 – EUROA KATERINA……….RICK KUHL
Box 10 – RAGING ISA………………….TONY ZAMMIT
Group racing continued at Queensland Headquarters last night with heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over the 600m creek circuit. With finalists racing for a share of $25,000 in next weeks final, Racing Queensland would have been disappointed with the lack of nominations for this years event. Unfortunately for Greyhounds Queensland it continued the recent trend of short fields, and limited nominations for their feature racing events. Without taking anything away from the quality of greyhounds engaged, three heats was a poor result for this type of feature event.
Heat one had only the seven starters with the vacant five box splitting the runners down the middle. As always Graeme Bate supported another national event sending recent Wentworth Park group finalist and front running superstar Irma Bale north for the series. The brilliant Irma Bale (box 6) would start a short priced favourite ahead of ultra consistent locals Apache Kitten (box 3) and Master Brutus (box 1).
The punters were right on the money with Irma Bale (Bartrim Bale – Amelia Bale) proving too good in the run to the post, finishing too strongly for a gallant Honey Bouquet a length and a quarter away second with a further eight and three-quarter lengths to Withcott Wizard in third. It was another impressive win for Irma Bale who was having her first look over the 600m journey at Albion Park, stopping the clock in a classy 35.05. The multiple group winner and group finalist qualifies for another group final taking her prizemoney to in excess of $410,000 for the Bate/Wheeler combination. It was win number 33 from 80 starts with a further 28 placings for the brilliant October 2009 litter.
Heat One Splits — 10.06, 11.94, 13.04 – 35.05
Heat two was also made up of just the seven starters and all the rage was for the champion campaigner Metz Magic for legendary Queensland trainer Ron Ball. The second elect was the quality Sydney greyhound Amadeus Strikes back in the kennel of Tony Brett after being sent north by owner / trainer Steven White of NSW. Originally in the Brett kennel early in her career Amadeus Strike has been campaigning in NSW for most of her career where she has performed with distinction for Steven White.
Dwelling slightly at the Metz Magic was shuffled back to last before getting a beautiful run through to be in second place passing the winning post for the first time. The lamp lighter was Amadeus Strikes who had jumped beautifully from box 8 hitting the first mark in a solid 10.09. Down the back and into the straight Amadeus Strikes had skipped away before being too good in the run to the post for the Queensland Champ Metz Magic.
Amadeus Strikes (Bombastic Shiraz – Forgetful Lucy) was impressive for her debut race at the track and gives trainer Tony Brett another feature finalist at Albion Park. Amadeus Strike stopped the clock in a good 35.18 when winning by a length and a half over Metz Magic with a further eight and a half lengths to Euroa Katerina sneaking through for third.
Heat Two Splits — 10.09, 11.86, 13.23 – 35.18
The third and final heat consisted of a full field and the favourite was the track and distance specialist Starliner for owner / trainer Gary Petterson. Having had 15 starts over the journey for 10 wins and 5 placings, the striking white son of Pure Octane would start favourite narrowly over second elect Cakes And Pies. The Ron Ball trained Cakes And Pies was stepping up to the 600m journey for the first time and all eyes were on her to see if she could lead and see out the journey.
True to form, Cakes And Pies showed her brilliant box speed to lead clearly from Raging Isa with Starliner getting into third. Down the back and Starliner moved into second but was still giving Cakes And Pies a few lengths who was giving a great sight out in front. Coming into the straight for the final time and the quality showed as Starliner went whoosh, exploding away for a great win in 35.16. Bogie Dawn came home strongly for second three and a half lengths away with a further length to an impressive Cakes And Pies third. The 600m journey told in the end as she tired to the line but will improve with the run. Starliner (Pure Octane-Borgata) has been a wonderful performer over the 600m Albion Park circuit and greyhound fans will hope that he can register a deserved first group win in next weeks final.
Heat Three Splits – 10.05, 11.98, 13.13 — 35.16
The box draw for next weeks Group 3 final is: 1. Honey Bouquet, 2. Starliner, 3. Bogie Dawn, 4. Cakes And Pies, 5. Withcott Wizard, 6. Metz Magic, 7. Irma Bale, 8. Amadeus Strikes. Reserves 9. Raging Isa, 10. Euroa Katerina
Congratulations to trainers Ron Ball and Bob Giltinan who have both qualified two finalists for the group 3 feature.
Last Thursday night saw the final of the Group 2 Brandonâ€™s Electrical Queensland Derby at Albion Park where eight runners faced the starter in the hope of collecting the trophy and the $40,000 dollar to the winner first prize. The five heat winners and 3 fastest seconds qualified for the rich final and with a mixture of local and interstate challengers, all eyes were fixed to the track at box rise.
Starting all the rage was the interstate raider Hello Good Bye for Victorian master Kel Greenough from box 1. After an impressive heat win last week in 29.84, punters had him the favourite narrowly over fellow visitor and derby dog Jagger Swagger for Mark Azzopardi. Jagger Swagger wasn’t as well drawn and would have to start the final from box 7 after last weeks BON 29.82. Others in the market were the second Azzopardi runner Transcend Time (Box 2), Top Story for local trainer Sandra Hunt (box 5) and Veyron Bale for Victorian maestro Andrea Dailly (box 6).
As the bunny passed the boxes and the lids opened industry blue blood and the second of Azzopardi’s finalists Transcend Time (Bombastic Shiraz – Elite Oriental) exploded from the boxes to lead clearly over Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Siena) and Flying Tee (Collision – Emma Tee). Spearing through a flying 5.56 first section Transcend Time supporters would hope that he would be strong enough to hold out the favourite who was well positioned to strike.
Down the back straight and the lamp lighter was still Transcend Time but Hello Good Bye was stalking, well positioned and looking for a run. Rounding the final turn Transcend Time drifted off the rails slightly, with Hello Good Bye using all of his big experience to push through inside him and run away for an impressive victory, stopping the clock at an impressive 30.01. Transcend Time stuck on well for second three-quarters of a length away, with young local chaser Flying Tee a further length back in a very impressive third at just his tenth race start.
The Kel Greenough trained chaser has already made multiple feature race finals in 2013, being a Group 1 finalist in the Australian Cup (Spud Regis) and Perth Cup (Dyna Nalin) where he ran unplaced in both. The win was just reward for Hello Good Bye as he registered win number 10 from 19 starts and took his prizemoney to in excess of $80,000 with the Group 2 win. The Greenough kennel is known for training only strong fast greyhounds and this Group 2 win was another feature for a kennel no stranger to big race success. It certainly won’t be the last.
Transcend Time for Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi held on well second and in doing so picked up another $10,000 cheque to take his prizemoney to in excess of $85,000 for connections. The beautifully bred dog performed with distinction and accolades should be given to Azzopardi and his team for bringing this dog back from serious injury. With limited starts in the past 6 months, he will be improved from the racing and with his early speed will give followers a good sight wherever he goes from here.
The locally trained Flying Tee for Sandra Hunt ran a terrific race for third and looks to have a bright future. The black January 2011 son of Collision was having just his tenth race start and he will surely go onto bigger and better things with further race experience. The third place prizemoney taking the black dogs earnings to over $10,000.
As is always the case in finals hard luck bestows many runners and those starting outside the five runner Top Story could be forgiven for blaming bad luck for ruining any chance. Approaching the first turn Top Story ran wide checking many runners and putting them out of winning contention. Jagger Swagger (5th) and Veyron Bale (4th) both stuck on well after striking early bother to give their supporters something to look forward to when they have their next starts.
The Group 2 Queensland Derby has been a stepping stone for past winners and an indication that bigger things are in stall. In 2013, that trend looks to continue with winner Hello Good Bye. Previous winners of the group 2 feature include High Earner, Bogie King, and Superman. Being in the Greenough kennel he will pop up in feature races throughout the year, and judging by his form so far in 2013 another group win is just around the corner.
PAW NOTE – Glen Gallon – almost half a million reasons to smile
Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for Queensland’s leading trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from minor injury as he again won a best 8 on Thursday night in the process taking his prizemoney closer to the magical $500,000 mark. The August 2009 son of Flying Stanley – Incoherent didn’t have it all his own way but eventually got there on the line to win by head from Hanson Senor with a further 4 lengths to Miss Milkshake in third. It was the Glen Gallons 25th win at Albion Park and his 33rd overall from 60 starts to go with a further 11 placings. Owned by the Velocity Lodge partnership he has been a marvellous dog throughout his career and is as honest as they come.
It was a great performance from the second place getter Hanson Senor who was having his first start since September 2012 for owner trainer Geoffrey Allen after a long road to recovery from injury. The February 2010 son of Give Me Five – Hanson Charm ran right up to his previous best and it took a superstar grey to beat him. Allen almost pulled off the impossible and congratulations should be given to a great training performance.
Queensland racing, about which much has been written here and elsewhere, is about to be hamstrung by the most peculiar set of management structures seen anywhere in racing. It flies in the face of all modern business practice, to say nothing of advice from the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport and the progress made by major sporting bodies in recent times.
Critically, the state risks oblivion unless its new boards do the unexpected and bring in major reforms. In the case of, it risks becoming an also-ran. Watch this space.
The LNP Racing Minister, Steve Dickson, still wearing L plates, ran true to his forecast to create four separate boards â€“ one for each code and one in charge of all of them â€“ and to appoint insiders to all the boards. He had specified that only those supported by racing groups were eligible for consideration. Hereâ€™s what he demanded: â€śall applicants for a board position must hold the endorsement of an industry licensee, a race club, racing association or association related to promoting the relevant code of racing prior to being considered for appointmentâ€ť.
Amongst other things, this might be paraphrased as: â€śItâ€™s never worked here or anywhere else but we will give it another goâ€ť.
The timing is not great either. The move coincides with the release of a forensic audit report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu that the previous board may have breached the rules by failing to put contracts worth $158 million out to tender, and also queried big payouts to displaced former employees (two of whom subsequently went to work for the above contractor). Legal steps are recommended.
Meantime, the new mix will immediately introduce conflicts of interest, starting with the chairman of the All Codes Racing Industry Board, Kevin Dixon, who doubles as the chairman of the thoroughbred board.
The three greyhound board members, lawyer and Albion Park President Michael Byrne, racecaller and owner Steve Hawkins and Ipswich businessman Chris Williams, all have racing histories â€“ Hawkins with both turf clubs and greyhounds. Whether that will matter is possibly not so important because their board has little power outside running races. Major decisions will all go to the over-arching All Codes board, where greyhounds will have only one representative, Michael Byrne, out of five members. Can you imagine Racing NSW deciding on Wentworth Parkâ€™s future? Or Racing Victoria working on finances for Sandown or The Meadows? The mind boggles.
By definition, the four boards have no truly independent members, and no women either. They may all be fine people but that is hardly the point.
The big question now remains open: how will these boards, nominated with the support of their mates, make the tough decisions needed to drag Queensland out of the mess it is in? How will justice be seen to be done? Both harness and greyhounds have been losing money, while field quality continues to decline and short fields appear regularly. This is not a new problem as it was identified by Bob Bentley, chairman of the previous Racing Queensland board, as well as by hard statistics over the last decade.
Probably the most important financial burden they carry is having to deal with Tatts, whose contract is up for renewal soon. As the smallest of the three major totes, Tatts customers have little incentive to patronise their home tote if they want to make a decent bet. The absence of a national betting pool and the rapid increase in the use of phone and internet devices will continue to relegate Queensland, SA and Tasmania to relative poverty as punters look for better deals with Tabcorp, NT bookmakers and. In particular, Tasmania suffered a dramatic downturn when it recently lost its association with SuperTab following Tattsâ€™ purchase of the local tote.
In passing, note that bookmakers and Betfair (hated by previous greyhound administrations) are banned from sponsoring races in Queensland because of an exclusive agreement with Tatts. Perhaps upcoming contract negotiations will do something about that.
Still, the greyhound code will have little to do with that as the powerful All Codes board will be advising the government.
When you sit back and think about it, the new greyhound board is not really much different to those which have gone before. Only the names have changed. Yet those past boards failed to remedy the codeâ€™s shortcomings, or even to recognise them, judging by their inaction. But now it has even less power than before.
The most urgent question is what to do about Albion Park, where everyone from the government down is dithering about its future, and that of the periodic proposals to move to another site. The stateâ€™s poor overall finances do not help.
Ideally, both Queenslandâ€™s major tracks, Albion Park and Ipswich, should be discarded and a new track built promptly. Albion Park has never been satisfactory, with two main trips using bend starts and the 520m first turn a continual disruption, while Ipswich has a shocking start to its 431m races and a flat first turn for 520m events. Owners are regularly shifting dogs to the southern states, while trainers take dogs to the Northern Rivers area to avoid those bend starts (although there is a frying pan and fire aspect to that).
The least of the new boardâ€™s tasks will be how to handle the oddball request from GRNSW to takeover the Border Park operation. All Codes chairman, Kevin Dixon, has said he thought it was a good idea. However, itâ€™s easy to get the impression that Dixon is inclined to say anything is a good idea. Going back, it reminds me of that great all-rounder, Keith Miller, doing radio broadcasts at the time, when every time a promising name came up he picked him for the upcoming Ashes tour of England. They must have had a team of 48 by the time he finished.
Anyway, somebody needs to turn the battleship around. If Mal Meninga canâ€™t get on the board, at least they could make him a consultant. After all, he is a winner, and his Ipswich mates, Langer and Walters, are into dogs, too. Thereâ€™s a threesome (or foursome) for you! Independent, too.
LEST WE FORGET
Hereâ€™s to the diggers, especially my old man who got off a telegram delivery boyâ€™s bicycle to go to France in WW1.
The Group 2 QLD Derby looks at the mercy of the Victorian owned and trained Hello Good Bye, after drawing box 1 in the $40,000 to the winner final.
The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Hello Sienna clocked the second quickest time after flying out from box 6 in his heat. The October 10 chaser looks a dead set moral to win the rich final.
If you happen to have read our preview of the heats last week I was quietly confident a big race was right around the corner for Hello Good Bye, and it appears as if Thursday night will be the night. He has really developed into a serious race dog since joining Kel Greenough’s kennel.
Mark Azzopardi will rug up two chances, fastest heat winner and dual Derby winner Jagger Swagger from box 7, and new first section record holder Transcend Time. The later clocked a blistering 5.57 first sectional last week and in the process lowered the record and he appears to hold the key to the race.
Mark Azzopardi has all but given up any hope of winning declaring Hello Good Bye near unbeatable from the rails.
Transcend Time will no doubt lead the race and he does go straight and is sure to give Hello Good Bye a drag right into the race.
Jagger swagger will certainly have his work cut out and he has no chance of running Hello Good Bye Down from behind.
It would appear nothing more has to be said about the final, but there is 5 other runners who will be doing there best to upset the apple cart.
Andrea Daily provides the other interstate hopeful and Veyron Bale will carry the hopes of the Daily crew, although he began brilliantly last week he will be afforded no luxury like last week and will need to begin even better to find clear running in a race full of high speed.
Four local hopefuls have made their way through to the Group 2 Derby and there doesn’t appear to be a standout between the locals.
The fastest qualifier of the local brigade is the Sandra Hunt trained Flying Tee, although he was beaten in his heat he posted the fastest time running 30.11 when being placed behind the likely final favourite Hello Good Bye. At no stage did the young gun shrug the task when chasing home the flying Hello Good Bye. Having only started 9 times the son of Collision and Flying Tee will no doubt prove a force to be reckoned with win loose or draw in Thursday’s final.
Sandra’s second finalist is in fact the quickest runner in the field with a PB of 29.77. Top Story a son of Knocka Norris and Bomber Babe returned in last weeks heats after a injury enforced spell, and he will be greatly improved by last weeks first up performance. Although he is a super chaser and a speed machine, I doubt whether he is able to salute here barring a whole deal of trouble.
Peter Ruetschi’s final hopeful and last weeks heat winner Captain Clarrie, will once again fly the flag for all home breeders across the nation. He began brillianlty last week and was never in doubt running a slick 30.16 when wining his heat at juicy odds of $11.70. The son of Elite and Classy is part of a successful repeat mating and he looks an outside chance in final.
Our last but not least finalist is another home bred runner Pharmocopia. Trained by Margaret Quarrel, the son of Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall cannot be overlooked in this seriously competitive final. His best time has come from box 8, when he flew out in a fast 5.73 and raced away to score in a PB of 30.17. I doubt wether he can get across from box 8 here and he appears to be a very rough chance.
The Box draw for the final is:
2013 Queensland Derby Final
Box 1 – Hello Good Bye
Box 2 – Transcend Time
Box 3 – Flying Tee
Box 4 – Captain Clarrie
Box 5 – Top Story
Box 6 – Veyron Bale
Box 7 – Jagger Swagger
Box 8 – Pharmocopia
Reserves: Fast Archer, Rozelle Fla
Group Racing returned to Albion Park on Thursday night for the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. After 4 heats the previous week the first and second place getters took their positions behind the boxes for the $40,000 dollar to the winner final and the title of Futurity winner. Trainer Graeme Bate had two finalists in the race for owner Paul Wheeler and they dominated betting with the favourite Xylia Allen from box 5 starting all the rage after her impressive heat win.
As is often the case in big races and feature finals, the race doesn’t run according to script and from start to finish it was a rough house affair with many runners suffering interference and bad luck. Getting through the congestion at the right time, Purcell Bale (box 3) was too lucky for Xylia Allen (box 6) with Celtic Diva (box 1) third. The winning time was a moderate 30.39 for the 520 meter journey with the winner scoring by 1 and three quarter lengths with a head to third.
The beautifully bred Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) is owned by Australia’s leading owner Paul Wheeler, and continued on from the success that he has experienced over many years in the industry – and continues his dominant run in group and feature racing. Trained by leading trainer Graeme Bate (Victoria) Purcell Bale extended her prizemoney to in excess of $67,000 with the win, and her overall record now stands at 18 starts for 8 wins and 5 placings. She is a well travelled young bitch having competed in events in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. The beautifully bred greyhound will surely go on to bigger things from here as she looks to be a star of the future.
It was a Bate / Wheeler quinella as Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) finally got clear when it was all too late to finish strongly for second. The daughter of Turanza Bale was the short priced favourite pre race after her heat win last week. It wasn’t to be for this future superstar as she was hampered from start to finish. She was the obvious hard luck story of the race. Xylia Allen is definitely a greyhound worth following.
Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) for owner / trainer Joe Menary held on well for third. The ultra consistent bitch again performed with distinction in another strong performance at her home track. The third place prizemoney taking her past $20,000 dollars in total earnings.
Glen Gallon – Queensland’s Best Sprinter (Paw note)
Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) for trainer Tony Brett continued on his winning return from injury as he dominated the best 8 event winning by 4 and three quarter lengths from Metz Magic with a further 3 lengths to Cakes And Pies in third. The August 2009 dog was ultra impressive leading from start to finish in 29.89 in bringing up win number 32 from 59 starts. For connections it was a further top up of prizemoney as it surpassed $490,000. Glen Gallon has been a super dog for Queensland and Australian Racing over many years with group success all around Australia.
The Group 2 Brandon’s Electrical Queensland Derby heats attracted a number of quality fields of local and interstate chasers, all vying to run there way into the $40,000 to the winner final. With a hot track and many chances in each heat, racing was at its best as the 5 heats winners and 3 fastest seconds would qualify for Thursdays rich final.
Heat one produced a great training performance from Sandra Hunt as she brought local hope Top Story back from injury and a 3 month layoff to win impressively first up. Top Story (Knocka Norris – Bomber Babe) was too strong in the end running over the top of Fast Archer with Rush Of Power third. The winner ran a moderate 30.41 to win by 3/4 of a length with another 3/4 to third to bring up win number 9 from 16 starts. Top Story is surely to be improved by the hit out and will be a strong chance next week as he already has a personal best 29.77 at the track and distance.
It’s not very often the Kel Greenough comes to town but when he does punters listen and it was the case in heat 2 when Hello Good Bye started favourite from box 6. Favourite backers wouldn’t have worried as he exploded from the boxes leading from start to finish in a very impressive victory. Hello Good Bye (Bombastic Shiraz – Hello Siena) stopped the clock in a quick time of 29.84 to win by 4 and a half lengths over Flying Tee with another 4 and three quarter lengths to Kenso Karoo in third. The winner has clocked some impressive times already in his young career including fast times at Cranbourne and The Meadows. He was very strong running home in 12.63 as he bought up win number 7 from 14 starts and after the look at the track will be one of the favourites for next weeks final.
Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi headed north with Racing blue blood Transcend Time who started favourite from box 4 in heat number 3. Exploding from the boxes and through a flying first split of 5.57, which was just outside the record, the son of Bombastic Shiraz was never headed stopping the clock in a quick 30.16. Transcend Time (Bombastic Shiraz – Elite Oriental) scored impressively by 5 lengths over Rozelle Flash with another 1/2 length to Schroder Bale in third. It was the first look at the track for the October 2010 prodigy and overall he has the impressive record of 19 starts for 10 wins and 3 placings.
Derby Dog Jagger Swagger bought up a back to back race double for Azzopardi as he too exploded from the boxes to lead from start to finish in heat 4. Already with the National Derby at the Gardens and the Richmond Derby trophies in the cabinet, Jagger Swagger will look to make it a third derby win in next weeks final. Starting from box 2 the black son of Premier Fantasy ran 5.58 to the first mark before going right in with it stoping the clock in BON 29.82. Jagger Swagger (Premier Fantasy – Surpassing) was too good winning from Veyron Bale by 2 and a half lengths with a further 7 and three quarter lengths to Jepelli in third. Veyron Bale’s performance was very good as he raced with the leader for most of the 520m journey and with both having now had their first look at the track they will improve for next weeks final.
The final heat of the night was a local affair as Captain Clarrie produced a strong front running performance to win by 3 lengths over Pharmacopia with another 1 length and three quarters to Stolen Lollies in third. Captain Clarrie (Elite And Classy – Where Are You) stopped the clock in an impressive 30.16 for trainer Peter Ruetschi and owner Kenneth Crawford. The November 2010 whelping brought up with number 10 from just the 22 starts and took his career prizemoney to around the $20,000 figure.
With many winners having their first look at the Albion Park circuit, the final is set to be a hotly contested race with the all runners expected to go into big things.
The box draw for next weeks Group 2 Queensland Derby final is: 1. Hello Good Bye, 2. Transcend Time, 3. Flying Tee, 4. Captain Clarrie, 5. Top Story, 6. Veyron Bale, 7. Jagger Swagger, 8. Pharmacopia. Reserves: 9. Fast Archer, 10. Rozelle Flash.
Group Racing returns to Albion Park this Thursday night with the final of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. The $40,000 to the winner final is sure to be a wonderful spectacle as trainers and owners look to have their chasers claim the prestigious final named in honour of one of Queensland’s and Australia’s best greyhounds. Last weeks heats attracted some of the country’s best young bitches and the final looks set to be a race to remember with many chances in the race vying for victory.
Box 1 – Celtic Diva (Collision – Tad Smarter) January 2011
The Joe Menary owned and trained chaser has been a model of consistency winning over $16,000 dollars with the outstanding overall record of 21 starts for 8 wins and 6 placings. At the track and distance she excels with 3 wins and 5 placings from 13 starts. Drawn favourably in the red she has a best time of 30.20 from box 1 set back in October 2012. After a great heat last week where she finished a solid second behind Purcell Bale from box 7 she demonstrated her consistency at the track. If she can repeat her blistering 5.63 first section she will be in front early and will definitely give the other runners something to catch. A live each way chance especially if there is a mix up behind her. From the good producer in Tad Smarter it would be a real home town win if she can greet the judge first.
Box 2 – Miss Karoo (Where’s Pedro – Miss Tickles) March 2011
Jumping from box 2 in the final is the classy Miss Karoo for owner trainer Stephen Casey of Doubtful Creek. After a wonderful heat last week behind Winsome Charlee where she started at the big odds of 35-1 she looked impressive in the run home. The March 2011 daughter of Where’s Pedro will need to improve on her Albion Park record where she has just the one win from 7 starts, if she is to win the Group 2 final. Not as consistent at headquarters, she has run some very fast times at Ipswich including a 30.45 earlier this year. If she can run close to that in thursday nights final she will be ultra competitive. Rough outside chance.
Box 3 – Purcell Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) April 2011
Starting in box 3 is the first of two finalists for Australia’s premier trainer Graeme Bate. After an enormous heat win last week – where she was having her first look at the track she excelled from the 3 box winning in a great 30.19 from Celtic Diva by almost 5 lengths. No doubt she will be well tuned up for the final. With a great record of 17 starts for 7 wins and 5 placings including over $27,000 in prizemoney the young fawn bitch is well travelled having already raced in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
The heat run again showed how strong the depth is in the Bate kennel as she took the heavy knocks and took the runs when they presented pushing past dogs in an impressive victory. With the ability to take a knock and to keep trying, whatever happens in the final Purcell Bale will definitely be a greyhound to follow and will win more than her fair share as she progresses throughout her career. From the super producer Princess Bale (Hullucinate – Gold Rush Bale) she will be one of the favourites and is a very strong chance in the final.
Box 4 – Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) Nov 2010
Starting from box 4 in the rich final is Pearl Za Zinger for owner / trainer John McCarthy. The blue daughter of Surf Lorian has raced almost her entire career on the Albion Park circuit where she has the great record of 5 wins and 16 placings from the 30 starts on the track. She has also registered a win at Ipswich and has surpassed $23,000 in prizemoney. Last weeks heat win showed that in there is no such thing as a sure thing as she started the outsider in the small 6 dog field to win – albeit in the slowest time of the 4 heats stopping the clock in 30.49. While she will be one of the outsiders in the race she does have a best time at the track of 30.29 from March this year. Rough chance.
Box 5 – Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) April 2011
Fastest heat winner Xylia Allen for trainer Graeme Bate starts from box 5 – the same box she won her heat last week in a fast BON time of 29.98. Just two years of age the daughter of Turanza Bale has had an enormous start to her career and her heat win showed that she has a ton of class and ability. The superstar bitch ran home in an incredible 12.34 seconds just 0.02 off the final section record.
With a career record of 20 starts she has registered 8 wins and 6 placings and over $60,000 in prizemoney. The superstar bitch hasn’t been protected and has raced in feature races and series in 4 different states including:-
- Victoria – Sandown Laurels – heat (2nd), semi (2nd) and final (5th)
- Victoria – Cranbourne Cup – heat (2nd) and final (8th)
- Victoria – Warragul Cup – heat (6th)
- Tasmania – Launceston Cup heat (1st) and final (1st plus TR)
- Victoria – Meadows Superstayers heat (2nd (2 lengths to Miata)) final (4th)
- NSW – Golden Easter Egg – heat (6th)
- Queensland – Bogie Leigh – heat (1st) final
She is an exceptionally strong chaser and if bad luck doesn’t stop her nothing will. The greyhound to beat and one to keep an eye on throughout her career. Winning chance.
Box 6 – Winsome Charlee (Where’s Pedro – Ramblin’ Ruby) Dec 2010
The John Finn trained Winsome Charlee representing NSW starts the final from box 6 after a great heat win last week in 30.39 seconds. The Golden Easter Egg runner up looked impressive last week and is developing into a quality greyhound. With a great career record of 30 starts for 11 wins and 14 placings connections will hope she can go one better in the final. She will definitely be primed for the final and with last weeks look at the track she will be better for the run and is a great each way chance. The NSW representative who will be well supported locally and interstate for the popular Finn’s.
Box 7 – Cee Eh Oh (High Earner – Suite Tahlia) Dec 2010
Lake Clarendon owner / trainer Bruce Linnan has Cee Eh Oh engaged in box 7 for the final after a good second last week behind Pearl Za Zinger in the heats. Qualifying second in the slowest heat, the black daughter of High Earner has been consistent throughout her young career. With just 13 starts registering 4 wins and 5 placings, the final will easily be her toughest test to date. She will need to begin better against this quality field and with 5 starts at the track and distance without a win she will start one of the outsiders in the final. She has won at the track over the short sprint trip but looks like the 520m is as far as she wants to go at this stage. A rough place chance and will need plenty of luck.
Box 8 – Tarks Jewel (Primo Uno – Skrat) Nov 2010
Anakie trainer Angel Langton will start former Queenslander (if you can call her that) Tarks Jewel in box 8 for the final. After a distant second to Xylia Allen in the heats, Tarks Jewel will need plenty of luck and a clear passage late to challenge these. Of interest, Tarks Jewel had her first ever race start over the 520 m at Albion Park before heading south to Victoria where she has raced with ability over her short career. On form she appears to prefer the slightly longer journey with wins and consistent racing over the 595m at Sandown and 600m at The Meadows. After her short career she has won over $16,000 in prizemoney. She will be a rough outside chance in the final.
Box 9 – Bellismo Belle (Fear Zafonic – Matisse’s Angel) April 2011
Will need plenty of luck if gains a start – rough place chance only
Box 10 – Sarah’s Spirit (Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall) Oct 2010
From a great litter and a start would see another one from the mating qualify for another feature final. Very consistent greyhound who is improving. Rough chance.
Selections – 1. Xylia Allen, 2. Purcell Bale, 3. Celtic Diva
The Bogie Leigh Futurity Group 2 final is race 8 on the card at 9.08pm.
Anyone with a slight interest inshould do their very best to make it to Albion Park on Thursday night, with 5 Heats of the Group 2 Queensland Derby and the final of the Group 2 Futurity for bitches. The talent is immense, and it’s a great turn around from last weeks Futurity heats.
Fast Archer for young gun trainer Clay Mullens, has drawn the coverted rails in heat 1 and he comes here after a flying last start victory at Wentworth in 29.65. The son of Collision and Clay Model has quite a remarkable record for such a young dog, with only 15 career starts he has recorded a win from all 7 boxes he’s jumped from. Box 2 is the only box the February 11 chaser hasn’t jumped out of. He looks very well placed in the first heat, but he certainly won’t have it all his own way with Qld trained flying machine Top Story exiting the 7 box. The blue son of Knocka Norris has a blistering 29.77 PB to his name and he will certainly make his presence felt. Nico Bale for Graeme Bate will also threaten with plenty of early toe. They appear to be the 3 main hopefuls, in a tough heat of 7 runners.
Heat 2 doesn’t get any easier with the Peter Simpson trained flying machine Raging Obsession exiting box 2. The son of Go Wild Teddy has already posted a fast 30.12 here and he looks like he can easily go much quicker. Dead set speed machine, Hello Good Bye, will be master trainer Kel Greenough’s hope and he exits box 6 in this. The Son of Bombastic Shiraz is yet to taste big race success, but it won’t be too far off I reckon now Kel has got him beginning much better. Generally a slow beginner he’s going to have his work cut out here for him from box 6. Peter Hunt has his charge Pop’s Max engaged from box 5 and the son of Queensland sire Surf Lorian comes here as the most experienced runner and he too can’t be dismissed; although jumping from the squeeze box. They appear to be the 3 main chances but heat 2 certainly has its fair share of talent, and nearly all the runners can win this with the right run.
Heat 3 will also be a test for form students with many winning chances. Transcend Time for trainer Mark Azzopardi is badly out out of form but the industry blue blood sired by The Bomb cannot be overlooked. He has a big motor and no doubt will be 110 percent for this. Queensland’s local hope Hawko’s Mistake will be out to make amends for his last start defeat and box 8 will suit the son of Buckingham Chuck. He has a fast PB of 29.94 and he can certainly win this race with his best jump. Hopefully he’s 110 percent and ready to fire in heat 3. Sir Hara by Big Daddy Cool also appears a chance in this and although he hasn’t posted a fast time he will be well suited to box 7 and can get along if he finds the front. There my 3 mains selections in heat 3.
Heat 4 sees the local hopes take on two extremely fast and talented dogs in Rigs and National Derby winner Jagger Swagger. Rigs is a very smart young dog, and the son of Pure Octane will no doubt have his work cut out in this. Good on his trainer Ryan Tredway, for bringing the smart youngster up here for a crack at the Group 2 Derby. Jagger Swagger, the 2013 National Derby winner; will be mighty hard to beat and the son of Premier Fantasy will get a beautiful run with slow beginners all around. He looks to be the certainty of the heats, and I’m guessing his short starting price will reflect that. Veyron Bale could be the knockout chance and he should get a great unimpeded run from put wide in the pink. If they jam up he could sweep right around the outside as long as he misses Clan Eirann around the first turn; wWho often tries to get wide round the first turn. Jagger Swagger looks home and hosed in this heat.
The final heat appears as if its the best chance for the locals to snare a win in. Musquin Bale has come up with the red box and he looks mighty hard to beat if he can get forward early. The son of Dyna Lachlan and super producer Princess Bale, has so far remained relatively unnoticed as his littermates hog most of the limelight, but this may be his best chance to propel his name under lights. Local charge and home bred Pharmocopia will fly the flag high for home breeders all around the country. The son of Albion Park prolific winner Premier Chief and Kathy’s Recall also another Albion Park prolific winner will look to salute here for trainer Margaret Quarrel. The black dog whelped in October 10, has really come of age lately and produced his best effort to score last week racing away to score in a quick 30.17. Captain Clarrie is another classy runner who is also home bred. The black November 10 Whelped son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You will need to produce his best effort to score here. Interestingly enough I have heard reports that Captain Clarrie’s mother, Where Are You; has produced the fastest pups Reg Kay has ever put up his straight. They are by new kid on the block Outta Credit. Captain Clarrie can certainly gallop and if he gets the right run he’s certainly capable of winning the final heat.
It’s going to be a wonderful night with some seriously classed galloper’s engaged. It’s fantastic to see so many high class dogs by such an array of sires with 20 different sires represented in just 40 dogs. That’s 50% of the fields – amazing. With so many different dogs going to stud it just proves you can look outside the box and still produce a quality galloper.
The action gets underway at Albion Park with race one to kick off at 6.44pm.
Listening around the tab over the past 15 years the same comments have been bantered about by punters looking turn a profit. “Always back a Bate dog! The Bale’s always win! My mates mates uncle who follows the dogs reckons they can’t lose and they always win”.
Whilst not entirely true what can’t be argued is the level of success that Bate and owner Paul Wheeler have had over a long period – and the current domination of group racing success they are enjoying.
The domination and success continued at Albion Park last night in the heats of the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity. Whilst the event failed to attract a strong nomination count with short fields again making up the 4 heats, the quality of the runners engaged ensured that the final will be a Group 2 event to remember. The top two from each heat qualified for the final with the two fastest thirds being reserves.
Heat one produced a great performance from the John Finn trained visitor Winsome Charlee (Wheres Pedro – Ramblin’ Ruby), exploding away down the home straight to beat Miss Karoo with Ellie’s Flash in third. Having her first start at the Albion Park circuit, the recent Easter Egg runner up looked very impressive once she straightened for home stopping the clock in a respectable 30.39 seconds for the 520m journey. The ultra consistent grey is in tremendous form and last night was win number 11 with 14 placings from just 30 starts in qualifying for another group final. The dec 2010 brindle bitch will be vastly improved for the look at the track and with her exceptional record will be one of the fancies for next weeks final.
Xylia Allen for Graeme Bate could not have been more impressive in winning heat number two over Tarks Jewel with Jetta’s Girl third. The April 2011 daughter of Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale was on song, pushing through runs, and bouncing off dogs before hitting the front and exploding right away to win by 10 lengths in 29.98. Xylia Allen looks another superstar for owner Paul Wheeler and the well travelled youngster will be hard to beat after running home in 12.34 just .02 outside the track record. The run was all the more impressive as she was having her first look at the track. Xylia Allen is certainly a dog going places.
In the small field that contested heat three the favourite and all the rage was the visitor Cracker Jack Lil from the Peter Hunt kennel starting from box 4. Favourite backers would have been disappointed at box rise as she was lost at the start and never in the race. With just six starters it was the locally trained Pearl Za Zinger (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva) for John McCarthy that was too strong for Cee Eh Oh with Sarah’s Spirit in third. The winner stopped the clock in 30.49 in bringing up win number 6 and took her prizemoney to over $20,000. Whilst the time was only moderate she does have a great record over the track and trip and will be an outside chance in next weeks final.
The final heat produced a similar result to earlier in the night with the Graeme Bate trained Purcell Bale too strong for Celtic Diva with Bellismo Belle in third. The April 2011 daughter of Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale missed the start early before pushing through other dogs and clearing right away stopping the clock in a very impressive 30.19. Having her first look at the track, she couldn’t have been more dominant in bringing up win number 7 with 5 placings from 17 starts. Both Purcell Bale and earlier winner Xylia Allen showed their ability and class, taking the knocks and the runs in exciting wins. The Bate kennel have an outstanding ability to produce strong running chasers who will obviously be the ones to beat in next weeks final.
The box draw for next weeks Group 2 final is:
Albion Park Futurity Final
1. Celtic Diva, 2. Miss Karoo, 3. Purcell Bale, 4. Pearl Za Zinger, 5. Xylia Allen, 6. Winsome Charlee, 7. Cee Eh Oh, 8. Tarks Jewel. Reserves: 9. Bellismo Belle, 10. Sarah’s Spirit.
The Group 2 Queensland Futurity is upon us, with 4 heats to be run at Albion Park Thursday Night.
Unfortunately as is often the case of late, the big one for bitches in Queensland has failed to attract much interstate interest, with only 7 interstate chasers lining up in the 4 heats.
The first heat has only 7 runners engaged, with no reserves in any of the 4 heats. It’s a doom and gloom situation for Queensland racing, as more and more interstate trainers fail to cross the border to tackle our Feature races.
John and Minnie Finn have 2 runners engaged in the heats with recent Group 1 Golden Easter Egg runner-up Winsome Charlee by Wheres Pedro out of Ramblin Ruby, drawing box 1 in a 7 dog field. She will lock horns with one of Qlds, best hopes Regal Lauryn. The daughter of Super star bitch Queen Lauryn, trained by Tony Brett and owned by Len Antonio A.K.A the “The Tooth Fairy”; will pose as the main threat to Charlee. John and Minnie will also rug up Closing Time, who has returned from a short spell to tackle the heats.
The Victorian Charge is led by Peter Hunt and Graeme Bate who will don the leash on superstar multiple track record breaker Xylia Allen. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale possesses a freakish motor, who is capable of shattering track records when on song – evident in her unbelievable track record at Launceston. Peters charge, the freakish Cracker Jack Lil, by Go Wild Teddy out of Lil’s Memory, will look to continue her dream run of late after running third in the Egg, where she won her heat of the Egg first up on the track. They look to be the main hopefuls for the state of Victoria, although Angela Langton returns to Qld headquarters and she too rugs up 2 runners; Tark’s Jewel and Sam’s Sionara both from box 3.
The home states charge will once again be led by leading Qld trainer Tony Brett. Tony has 4 runners engaged with 3 of them appearing to be great chances. Jetta’s Girl, a daughter of Surf Lorian and Kaycee Diva, who Tony has likened to the great Champ Bogie Leigh, will take on the flying Victorian Xylia Allen in heat 2. They look clear-cut in this, and Xylia Allen will need to begin better than she ever has before to match it with little Jetta’s Girl early. Jetta’s Girl has an imposing record here with 9 starts for 8 wins and a best time of 30.00. There’s no doubt Xylia Allen can go quicker than that, but she will have her work cut out for her first up in full field conditions coming from behind.
Cracker Jack Lil will tackle a much easier field, but she too will have to demonstrate all of her brilliant early pace to hold out a flying Blue Bird for Glenda Dart. Both dogs begin like bombs and Blue Bird only 3 starts ago, nearly broke the first sectional record here at Albion Park running a mind-boggling 5.61 to the first mark. They appear to be the main hopefuls, and I’d be surprised to see any of them miss the final. Local trainers make up the rest of the 4 heats.
Group 1 Superstar Glen Gallon also makes his return after being scratched from the Golden Easter Egg heats. He has drawn box 2 in the best 8 and looms as the likely winner. Sheikha, recent Group 1 Paws of Thunder winner and Egg finalist, has drawn box 1 in a 5th grade, and she looks well placed to salute from the perfect box. She’s going to have to bring her A-game with her as the inform Berella Kathryn looks to bring up win number 4 in a row. The daughter of Meticulous and Tawny Shiraz is a model of consistency and will once again chase her heart out. It’s going to be a mighty ask to knock off the Group 1 winner from her favorable draw, but she appears the main danger.
The action kicks off at Albion Park at 6.43pm Thursday night, with the first heat of the Futurity at 7.42pm.
On a warm afternoon Ipswich greyhound club hosted 4 semi finals of the rich Auction Series over the 520m circuit. With all the upheaval in regards to the direction of Queensland Racing it was a great distraction and put the focus back where it should be – on quality racing. With owners and trainers purchasing their charges as pups through the auction series – the anticipation builds to this event and the hope of making a quality return on your initial purchase and observations. With first and second progressing to Thursday weeks $35,000 to the winner final – racing was at its best.
Semi-final one of the auction had the royally bred Regal Lauryn start all the rage from box 2. Trained by leading trainer Tony Brett the daughter of Surf Lorian was expected to win having won last weeks heats in easily BOD. A slow start would be the least of her worries as she was flattened and bashed from start to finish running an unlucky fourth. The winner Drop Jaw (Cool Effort-Opal Assassin) displayed a great front running display winning in 30.74 from the ever consistent Simmerly with Chasin’ Rainbows third. The Peter O’Reilly trained chaser continues to impress improving his best time and record at the track in bringing up overall win number 5 with 6 placings from just the 16 starts.
Semi-final number two saw Pharmacopia use box 1 to his advantage as he speared the lids before opening up a big margin at the finish over Catch The Lilly in second with Line Up Bouys in third. The october 2010 son of Premier Chief – Kathy’s Recall was ultra impressive in stopping the clock in an impressive 30.61. The Margaret Quarrell trained chaser improved from his first look at the track last week and looks a good chance in next weeks final after registering win number 3 from the 9 starts. The hard luck story was the Peter Roy trained favourite Kenso Karoo, who like Regal Lauryn in the first was flattened before finishing strongly for fourth. One of the favourites for the series it goes to show that inthere is no such thing as a sure thing.
Tony Brett had better luck in semi-final 3 with the beautifully bred and lightly raced Miss Lauryn winning from box 8 in a time of 30.67. Having just her fifth start the daughter of Surf Lorian – Queen Lauryn did what her better known sister Regal Lauryn couldn’t and qualified for next weeks rich final. Spearing across at the start she took a good bump before racing away winning by six lengths from the ever consistent Fyre Out with Premier Recall in third. Remarkably Tony Brett has never had an auction series win and with today’s performance she will be hard to beat Thursday week. Fyre Out is a litter mate of the unlucky Kenso Karoo from semi-final 2 from the successful October 2010 Collision-Eye The Tiger litter.
The final semi-final provided relief for punters with the first favourite Clan Eirann saluting the judge from box 3. The January 2011 son of Collision – Tad Smarter jumped well and led from start to finish over Leonard with Sarah’s Spirit in third. The Steve Lennon trained chaser ran the quickest of the four semi finals stopping the clock in a great time of 30.55. Raced by the Birch partnership Clan Eirann looked impressive in bringing up win number 8 from just 17 starts.
The box draw was conducted on track and is as follows. 1. Drop Jaw, 2. Clan Eirann, 3. Catch The Lilly, 4. Simmerly, 5. Pharmacopia, 6. Fyre Out, 7. Miss Lauryn, 8. Leonard. The Reserves: 9. Sarah’s Spirit, 10. Premier Recall. With $35,000 to the winner the final is set to be a great race and we wish connections and trainers the best of luck. The Ipswich Club puts on a great night of racing for their feature events and it is sure to be a great night on and off the track
1. Punter woes
Queensland’s premier track Albion Park continued the recent trend of short fields, scratchings and a ten race card being made up of multiple maidens and novice fields.
As an industry relying on betting turnover for survival and growth these fields do little to inspire participants or encourage the punters – especially the mug punters that the industry now relies upon.
A quick review of the Queensland Tote showed that the win betting investment reached only $7000 in two of the ten races. In race ten win betting was lucky to reach $3000. With no chance of a third dividend punters and fans are turning away. Exotic markets were also down.
If the industry wants people to invest their hard earned dollars then they need to provide a product worthy of the same.
2. Maiden Races
Lets look at the maiden fields in races one and two. Both races were 7 dog fields that were even further reduced after scratchings.
Race 1 had 7 dogs drawn in the field and of those 7 four were first starters. After race day scratchings 5 dogs faced the starter at box rise. The small field took the gloss off the performances of the winner Zafonic and the second place getter You Think So who was ultra impressive. Both greyhounds are from strong kennels and both look to be stars of the future.
Race 2 was devoid of scratchings and 7 dogs faced the starter.
Each Monday we continue to witness multiple maiden events with short field sizes – something that RQL must address.
3. Novice Novice Novice
The two novice events were just the same.
In race 4 only the 7 dogs were drawn to race. In race 9 it was worse still with just 6 dogs being drawn.
Its not good to see greyhounds missing out on a run but surely race scheduling needs to be urgently improved. With the focus of Albion Park racing on other days being shorter races, namely 331m and 395m events, a proposal could be to include some of these events to Monday night – at least we would see full fields and increased competition for starts.
It would also improve betting turnover and improve the image for spectators, with stronger fields and competition as race starting spots would be more competitive. 520m events could be added to Wednesday and Sunday racing in return.
4. Mixed Finals – Prizemoney
It was interesting the see the prizemoney for the two mixed finals the same as the other races on the card. To qualify for the 520m final greyhounds contested 4 heats the previous week racing for a $1,400 first prize and a top two finish guaranteeing a start in the final.
The final was worth the same. No beating the grader or increased prizemoney.
The 600m event had 2 heats with the top four finish earning a final start. Again, prizemoney and incentive for the final was the same.
Could we have boosted prizemoney for these finals by dropping a novice or maiden from the card? Or are we still required to provide 10 races every Monday regardless or field size and quality?
5. Brilliant Berella
The 520m mixed final saw another great front running performance from the Jamie McHugh trained Berella Kathryn. The August 2010 black daughter of Meticulous-Tawny Shiraz continues to excel at headquarters bringing up win 3 at the track and distance.
With improved box manners she continues to find the bunny and now has the outstanding race record of 16 starts for 7 wins and 4 placings. She has been a great performer for McHugh in her short career so far with highlights including making the final of the rich Coonamble Maiden last October, to a blistering 19.77 BOD win at Capalaba. She has also won at Ipswich in BOD and has now surpassed $10,000 in prizemoney.
With her excellent box manners she looks a good thing to progress through the grades at headquarters and improve to Thursday night class.
John and Moira Pay, have become a formidable force, around the Queensland, and Nortern NSW tracks of recent times.
Johns venture into the world of, came about when Johns brother Jim, was training a few dogs in Melbourne, with good success.
John witnessed the success his brother was having, and thought it was a sure fire way to make a quick, easy buck. He soon found out it wasn’t as easy as he first thought.
John and Moira, had been involved in the racing game, for many years, before entering into the world of the. With Moira’s son a successful jockey, and the pair owning a couple of unsuccessful race horses.
“They Cost way too much” Moira says. “You are always paying money out with little or no return”.
The horse days come to an end, and in 1996 John and Moira, took there first leap into racing as hobby trainers with a dog called
Faulty Gauge. He was purchased by them from Qld trainer John Keep and as is the norm with successful trainers, the dog was an instant success. Winning numerous races at Casino, and notching up his first win at Ipswich in 25.96 beating fellow trainer, Ricky Fall.
In those days, first prize money was a mere $200, and John had a feeling one day at Casino he could win. John had told Moira he was going to have $100 the win on the dog, a big bet for John, but remember $100 was half the prize money back then, and that’s equivalent to having $600 on a dog in todays prize money. John ended halving the bet and only had $50 on the dog who consequently won. Moira, was initially concerned with the large bet John was placing, but was overjoyed when she phoned John after the dog had won; only to have John explain he had chickened out and only had $50 on. This left Moira’s asking why he had not had the whole $100 on!!!
The pair continued to train successfully as hobby trainers with plenty of winners. I remember quite well a dog they were racing, called Johnny Pay Day with good success. In 2008 John gave up his full time job, and the pair decided, to give the full time training game a go. They are now based in Park Ridge Queensland, and continue to have great success.
Donny McKinnon, gave John and Moira Pay, a dog called Major Spirit, who they took on board and won a heap of races with at headquarters at Albion Park. Major Spirit was a sensational performer for them who won $36,000 in prize money and had 123 race starts. I was at Ipswich one morning trialling when unfortunately the old marvel, smashed his hock as he thundered past me rounding the turn. It is always though to witnessed these things happen, and my good friend Stephen Sherwell, came to the rescue. Steve, whisked him off to the vet for John. But Unfortunately he was unable to be saved, and now lays at rest on Steve’s picturesque property in Mullgowie, Queensland.
John and Moira, continue to have great success with ordinary dogs. Taking them on board and turning them around. Johns eye for a good dog is paramount to there success. He has had great success buying cheap dogs and winning thousands with them.
Sold It, who is currently still racing was a purchase John made for $600 as a performed bitch, and she has earnt the pair over $16,000 in prize money to date. The success doesn’t stop there though, with No Entry, also a great buy, among many others John has purchased. The daughter of Halluncinate, has also earned them over $20,0000 in prize money after John paid $700 for her as a maiden racing at Capalaba. So as you can see John certainly has an eye for a good dog.
John, ‘claims to be a dog whisperer’ and quite frankly who can challenge that, with the couple having constant success with ordinary dogs. He’s always out playing ball with his race dogs, or spending time talking to them in there race kennels. Something John claims works wonders in improving the dogs. “A happy dog races better” John says; evident in there improved performance.
John and Moira’s good dog Pocket the Penny, once had a fluffy toy which he loved and protected but He ripped it up and destroyed it one day, after John decided to leave him at home and not trial him.
John and Moira’s day stats at 5am, and the pair work together to get through the daily choirs. Their daily routine is quite different to many, as they feed dinner to there dogs of a morning, instead of the usual nightly feed. They get plenty of help from Moira’s son Shaun, and also can’t do without the help their daughter and son in law provide when racing their team. They believe getting the basics right and feeding well, is most important in a dogs career.
A recent addition to the kennel, Nitro Blonde, was recently forgot about and left at Ipswich one race day “Moira jokes” – it wasn’t until they arrived home and made up the feeds that they realised their mistake. John was being swabbed and the ever trusty team had forgotten the new addition. Nitro Blonde has been a revelation, since joining the kennel, and the bitch recently flew around Ipswich running a super quick 30.47. An improvement of about 10 lengths!
The successful kennel does not go looking for dogs but are always having to turn away owners. They currently have some nice pups on the way through by Spring Gun from their bitch No Entry and the futures looks bright for the Park Ridge pair.
There ambition is to one day win a feature race with one of there lucky charges; only a small request says John; and something I think is just around the corner for the lovely pair.
They are always on the lookout for a quality dog, and you only need to look at there results and improvement of dogs, who come to there kennel, to have the confidence to send your quality charge to them.
One things for sure John and Moira Pay will be around for a long time to come and I wish them the best of luck.
John and Moira can be contacted anytime on 0410 467 440.
What a great pleasure it was attending Saturday nights Greyhounds Queensland awards ceremony with Kevin Pitstock and his lovely partner.
Queensland’s night of nights was well patronised by many owners, trainers and industry participants. It was great too see so much support during this challenging time we are experiencing.
This years event saw a change in venue from previous years gone by. Kedron Wavell services club provide the setting for the 2013 awards night, and it didn’t disappoint with a two course meal and free beverages on offer for ticket holders.
Steve Hawkins and Paul “Doggsy” Dolan were the nights hosts, and did a great job bouncing back and forth, and introducing the award winners to the ever eager crowd.
The pinnacle of the night was the top gong of Queensland Greyhound of the year. This year saw 4 finalists: He Know’s Uno for Iluka trainer Mick Patterson, Don’t Knocka Him for Reg Kay, Got a Moment for owner Di Buxton, and the ever consistent Glen Gallon for trainer Tony Brett and the Velocity lodge partners.
We saw many awards, and a couple of new members added to the illustrious Hall of Fame. The awards were as follows:
Club Greyhounds Of The Year
Cairns – Briajohn Gold.
Capalaba – Magic Five.
Bundaberg – Passionate Eyes.
Rockhampton – Faith and Hope
Townsville – Curly Mac and Top Knock
Ipswich – Charmed Speed.
Brisbane- Aladdin’s Queen and Cakes and Pie’s.
Brisbane Leading Trainer – Ron Ball
Brisbane Leading Owner – Hazelgrove Partnership.
Brisbane Trainers Strike Rate – Kevin Bryant
Brisbane Sire of the Year – Collision
Brisbane Broodbitch of the Year – Ultra Swift.
Women in Racing – Sandra Hunt
Young Achiever of the Year – Mitchel Cox.
Top Simbi Award â€“ Di Buxton.
The Hall of Fame Inductees were:
Credibility – The champion sire of such dogs as Just the Best and Faithful Hawk.
Kirsty’s First – The 1986 National Distance Champion.
Bunny Hewton – Punter and former Trainer.
And long time greyhound mentors Bevan and Elaine Williamson
We also witnessed the ever popular Personality Award, which was awarded too the legendary “Lemonade” Tom Feehan,of punting fame.
“Lemonade” Tom should of also received the “Blooper” award for destruction of his trophy, which fell apart soon after he and his lovely wife, posed for there award photo with the trophy. The Look on “Lemonade’s face was priceless as it fell too the floor and split in two.
The Top award was keenly contested, with each nominee, all having achieved great success throughout the previous year. Mick Patterson, spoke highly of his dog He Knows Uno, but also acknowledged the fantastic efforts of the other nominees. He also said all the finalists deserved to win and pointed out they were all winners in making the final four. How true that is.
In the end their can only be one winner, and that winner was Got a Moment. The Daughter, of Collision and Splitting Hairs, was awarded the accolade after Di Buxton, made the decision too send her to Jason Thompson in Victoria to be trained on Reg Kay’s advice. It would prove to be a $425,000 move with the tiny 24kg chaser winning the Melbourne Cup and then completing the Group 1 double; winning the Brisbane Cup 2 weeks later. Di was in high praise of Jason Thompson, his partner Seona Hood and their family; and was thrilled to have won the award “stating her grandfather wouldn’t believe it” had he of been alive today. Her grandfather was responsible for Di’s love of the greyhound.
All the finalist deserved high praise, and all are no doubt going to leave their mark on the industry in some way or another.
, is also the new proud owners of a signed Gold Coast Titans Football and Jersey.
“Lemonade” Tom, donated the items to be won by one Lucky ticket holder. Luke Gatehouse, raffled off the ball with a game of heads and tailsW, which has each contestant place a hand on either their head or tail. As Luke flipped the coin, the players were eliminated until we were left with just one lucky lady from Racing Queensland. I’m unsure who she was but she kindly donated the ball to be auctioned off to support the wonderful GAP program.
Steve Hawkins, shifted straight into gear, and a bidding war erupted, between two punters at either sides of the room. From $100 right up till $420 were it seemed to stall, until a seemingly uninterested mystery man chimed in with a bid of $430. But the mystery man was quickly outbid by the determined party across the room. Not discouraged by this, the mystery man uped the ante with a bid crushing $500 offer. “Once, Twice, Sold” Steve Hawkins bellowed.
That mystery man, turned out to be our very own Kevin Pitstock, who was only too delighted to offer up the money to support the ongoing work of the GAP(Greyhounds As Pets) program, which takes in retired chasers and re-educates them to be rehomed with loving families. We all should get behind this program and we here at ARG are all too happy to support such a fantastic program.
Maybe here at ARG we might purchase and race a dog with a proportion of the winnings going to this fantastic cause? I know we all feel strongly about providing a great life after racing to our beloved hounds.
The GAP program representatives were delighted with our contribution, and we are now in discussion on how to raffle off these items to one of our lucky readers. So stay tuned Titan’s fans.
Of course none of this would of been possible, without firstly Lemonade Tom donating the items, the lovely lady who won the ball and then kindly donated it, and the big fella, Kevin Pitstock. Well done guys.
It was my first awards night and one I thoroughly enjoyed with my partner and many others. A Big thanks to Kev for taking us and I look forward to attending many more in the future. A Fantastic Night.
Queenslandâ€™s greyhound industry tonight celebrated the 2012 racing season with the announcement of the Greyhound of the Year, Got A Moment at the Queensland Greyhound Industry Awards.
Got A Moment had a fantastic season, starting in 28 races to win 14 and place in seven, including taking out the prestigious Group 1 Melbourne Cup and the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Owner and trainer Dianna Buxton was present on the night to accept the award.
She beat other 2012 Greyhound of the Year nominees Donâ€™t Knocka Him, Glen Gallon and He Knows Uno.
Each Queenslandclub awarded their 2012 Greyhound of the Year and a number of Brisbane premiership awards were also presented including Brisbaneâ€™s leading owner, trainer, sire and brood bitch.
2012 Queensland Greyhound Of The Year Award Winners
â€˘ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Got A Moment
â€˘ Brisbane â€“ 2012 Greyhounds of the Year â€“ Aladdinâ€™s Queen and Cakes And Pies
â€˘ Bundaberg â€“ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Passionate Eyes
â€˘ Cairns â€“ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Briajohn Gold
â€˘ Capalaba â€“ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Magic Five
â€˘ Ipswich â€“ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Charmed Speed
â€˘ Rockhampton â€“ 2012 Greyhound of the Year â€“ Faith And Hope
â€˘ Townsville â€“ 2012 Greyhounds of the Year â€“ Top Knock and Curly Mac
â€˘ Brisbane Leading Owner Award â€“ Hazelgrove Partnership
â€˘ Brisbane Leading Trainer Award â€“ Ron Ball
â€˘ Brisbane Trainers Strike Rate Award â€“ Kevin Bryant
â€˘ Brisbane Sire of the Year â€“ Collision
â€˘ Brisbane Brood Bitch of the Year â€“ Ultra Swift
â€˘ Women in Racing Award â€“ Sandra Hunt
â€˘ Personality Award â€“ â€śLemonadeâ€ť Tom Feehan
â€˘ Young Achiever of the Year â€“ Mitchell Cox
â€˘ Top Simbi Award â€“ Dianna Buxton
Racing Queensland Hall Of Fame Inductees
Four worthy industry contributors were inducted into the Racing Queensland Hall of Fame, Credibility, Kirstyâ€™s First, Albert â€śBunnyâ€ť Hewton and Bevan and Elaine Williamson.
Credibility was a wonder on the track, winning 21 races and placing in nine from 40 starts. He won the Winfield Challenge, the Toowoomba Cup after running a track record 25.66 in his heat, the Lawnton Cup, the Gold Coast Derby, was runner-up in the National Derby at Wentworth Park beaten narrowly, and won heats of the Richmond Derby and Tweed Galaxy.
He went on to become one of the greatest sires in Australia, with his progeny including legend race dogs Faithful Hawk, Questions, Just The Best, Nobodyâ€™s Fool, Bearability, Reliability, Yo Yoâ€™s Boy, History Lesson and Fine Devil.
His son Just The Best has already been installed into the Hall of Fame having sired such greats as Bogie Leigh, Surf Lorian and Big Daddy Cool.
Kirstyâ€™s First was the first ever Queenslander to win the National Distance Championship title and she did it in monumental fashion. The daughter of champions Ungwilla Lad and Katies Disco was raced by the late Jim Grundon and trained by Gary Cameron on the Darling Downs in the 1980â€™s.
Kirstyâ€™s First was one of the greatest stayers of her time, winning 19 from 22 races, with 10 from her first 13 at the Gabba. Furthermore, she obliterated the Gabba 704m track record running 41.19, a time unheard of in those days.
She was also successful at stud, and is best known as the granddam of the champion galloper Worthy Reward.
Albert â€śBunnyâ€ť Hewton
Albert â€śBunnyâ€ť Hewton has almost done everything there is to do in the industry and was rightfully inducted in the Australian Hall of Fame in 2012.
He has served on several committees over a period of 45 years including the Gabba, Brisbane, Beenleigh, Capalaba and Loganholme. He also served as an industry representative on the greyhound control board for three years from 1974. Mr Hewton is a life member of both the Brisbane and CapalabaClubs.
Mr Hewton saw his service on all of the committees as an honour and did so because of a â€śLove for the Gameâ€ť and to give back to the industry that gave him so much. He was a pioneer in Queenslandintroducing such initiatives as the sliding catching pen at Capalaba and the installation of starting boxes at the Loganholme track.
Bevan and Elaine Williamson
Bevan and Elaine Williamson have been a part of the greyhound industry for over 40 years. They have played a large part in the breaking in and educating of young pups prior to their racing career commencing. They have also had a great career in the training of greyhounds, with Elaine taking the major role in the training and preparation of countless winners. Bevan will be always regarded as one of the greats in the art of greyhound track preparation and maintenance, as well as being known as one of the best lure drivers in the business. Bevan has been throughout the state maintaining greyhound racetracks and has even travelled to Korea and Vietnam working on projects.
Greyhounds who has passed through the Williamsonâ€™s ranks include Yo Yo Flyer, Watusi Rose, Famous Leader, Texas President, Elle Mac Honcho, Sam Mac Honcho, Cantori and Lucy’s Light. Over the years they have broken in many great greyhounds including Flying Amy, Just The Best and Texas Gold.
Bevan, who won the 2005 Personality Award, and Elaine Williamson, are deserved inductees into the Queensland Hall of Fame, as are Credibility, Kirstyâ€™s First and Albert â€śBunnyâ€ť Hewton.
Last night Queensland’s Albion Park saw five heats of the age restricted RQL young gun series. With the five heat winners and the three fastest second place getters progressing to next weeks $10,000 to the winner final, racing was at its best and didn’t disappoint. These events are always a good guide to greys of the future and bring together the best young dogs currently around. This series attracted a number of quality performers including some who had contested the the recent rich Ipswich Maiden series. Next weeks final is set to be a cracker and the box draw – as it always does in finals – will impact the chances of the finalist and their connections.
The first heat produced a great last to first performance from the Gary Petterson owned and trained Starliner winning by two and a half lengths over Cherono with a neck to Pearl Za Zinger in third. Coming from last to first the white son of Pure Octane-Borgata looked impressive in the run home stopping the clock in 30.32. It was a great training performance freshening him up for the series after a short break. An outstanding 600m performer Starliner proved too strong in the closing stages to bring up win number 8 at the track and his 13th overall.
In the small field that contested heat two the John Edwards trained Hawko’s Mistake started all the rage after his recent best 8 win at headquarters where he broke the magical 30 seconds. He would have to settle for second though as Raging Obsession led from box rise to win all the way in 30.24 (BON) by five and a quarter lengths with a further two and a quarter lengths to Dramatic Miss in third. Owned and trained by Peter Simpson, Raging Obsession (Go Wild Teddy-Rose Chalice) was having his first start at the track and looked very impressive and a young star on the rise. An unlucky third in the Vince Curry final he will be one of the favourites next Thursday night after bringing up win number three from just the seven starts where he is yet to miss a place.
Bakaara used her box 8 to perfection in heat three, spearing across the field to lead from start to finish winning by one and three quarter lengths over Japelli with a further six and quarter lengths to Rush of Power in third. The Michael Menken trained daughter of Where’s Pedro-Grampian sped through a first section in 5.75 eventually stopping the clock in 30.39 in an impressive victory. The ultra consistent bitch displayed her ability with a great front running performance to bring up win number 7 for the ‘Flying Fleabags.’
The fourth heat produced a thrilling finish as Premier Recall wore down early leader Grundon to win by a head with a neck to a flying Ellie’s Flash in third. Trained by Margaret Quarrell, Premier Recall (Premier Chief-Kathy’s Recall) used her box 1 to advantage stopping the clock in 30.39. One of the outsiders in the race she improved on her track best and looks a nice type as she brought up win number 3.
The fifth and final heat of the night saw the box 5 Mr Garcia lead all the way in 30.62 winning by a quarter of a length over Harry Tycoon with a further two and quarter lengths to True To You in third. The Sandra Hunt trained son of Bit Chilli-Mrs Trickett is ultra impressive early and sped through a 5.68 first section. At headquarters he has the impressive record of 10 starts for 6 wins and 3 seconds. Although the slowest of the heat wins his early speed will put him into contention next Thursday nights final.
The final is set to be a great race and we wish all connections the best of luck. The Albion Park club will hope for large crowd to add to the atmosphere and it should be a great night off the track with top class racing on it.
The box draw for next weeks final is: 1. Jeppelli, 2. Cherono, 3. Premier Recall, 4. Mr Garcia, 5. Bakaara, 6. Grundon, 7. Raging Obsession, 8. Starliner. Reserves: 9. Hawko’s Mistake, 10. Harry Tycoon
Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) has recently been approached byNew South Wales (GRNSW) and the Tweed Heads Coursing Club (THCC) with the proposal of transferring Border Park to Queenslandâ€™s racing jurisdiction.
Border Park, managed by THCC, is located adjacent to the Gold Coast on the Queensland and NSW border and is utilised by industry participants from both states.
This proposal will be presented to the new QueenslandBoard and Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board for consideration.
Currently, GRNSW conduct 38 Non-TAB race meetings per year at Border Park. Under the proposal, a transfer to Queenslandâ€™s racing jurisdiction could result in two weekly TAB race meetings, a potential for 104 race meetings a year.
RQL chairman Kevin Dixon believes the proposal shows substantial merit and is worthy of further investigation.
â€śon the Gold Coast was lost several years ago and it seems only logical to investigate a proposal on the nearby Border Park facility.â€ť
GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan said the proposal could see great outcomes for participants in both NSW and Queensland.
â€śIf Border Park remained a GRNSW controlled track, the number of TAB meetings that could be held at the venue would fall well short of what RQL could potentially provide,â€ť Mr Hogan said.
â€śGRNSW see this proposal as an ideal opportunity to benefit participants and to growin the Tweed, no matter which side of the border they live on.â€ť
Gold Coast-based, leading greyhound trainer Tony Zammit believes a third track in the Gold Coast region could only benefit the industry.
â€śThe Tweed Heads facility could be a good solution so long as the venue is improved into a one turn, sand track and the meetings run by Queensland have TAB status,â€ť said Mr Zammit.
â€śCurrently, itâ€™s a non-TAB venue, but if the prizemoney increases and the venue is upgraded, it will incentivise more trainers to travel and use the facility.â€ť
With a kennel name of Dude the March 2008 son of Surf Lorian and She’s Adams was always going to be special. Queensland bred he would grace the track as Blazing Chaos and go on to win over $60,000 in prizemoney for the Sensationals. With a race career that would traverse across 5 states the striking black greyhound finished his race career with the great record of 52 starts for 14-17-8.
Dude started his race career in Victoria in the rich Gold Rush Maiden series at Bendigo. His first start in the heats resulted in a good 2nd. The following week he would win his semi and qualify for the final. Drawn box 8 he would have no luck and finish 7th. The result – Dude was on a plane and headed north to Queensland – his first flight of many more to come. He quickly won at Albion Park in best of night and connections knew he had ability. He went to Lismore for 2 starts but returned without a win. By start number 6 he had raced in three different states and his education was fast developing.
The team of Adam Hines andhead Broc Wright wanted to test his ability and the fast approaching national sprint would be the target. His heat resulted in a strong second behind Mr Prizz in BON and that result was enough to qualify him for the final. The following week and against older and more experienced opposition he would win the final in BON with a great win from box 7. Dude had done what connections hoped he would. He would now be set the task to represent Queensland at the G1 national sprint final at Angle Park. Amazingly he had beaten Queensland’s best as a fifth grader.
His record now stood at 16 starts for 6 wins – and at Albion Park he was ultra consistent with 11 starts resulting in 5 wins and 6 seconds.
A few weeks later and after another flight to South Australia Dude was set for the G1 national sprint final at Angle Park. After drawing the yellow box no luck would see him finish 6th in the final behind Smooth Fancy. Dude was straight back to Queensland. After a short spell he was back to Albion Park where first up he won in BON. The ability was there and a racing decision was needed to be made.
Broc Wright and trainer Adam Hines discussed their options and a decision was made to send Dude back south to Victoria where he would campaign with Darren MacDonald and try his luck in the rich Melbourne Cup. His heat would result in a great second behind Aston Galilee but the following week luck eluded him and he finished 4th in his semi final. He would miss the final and start the following week over the 595m instead finishing 3rd. A Victorian win had eluded him but he showed he had class and that he could compete with the best in the country.
The G1 Brisbane Cup heats were approaching and the decision was made to bring him home. After only 3 Victorian starts he was on another plan. His record at Albion Park was outstanding with 12 starts for 6 wins and 6 seconds so it was a formality that he would compete and be one of the fancies.
Dude was on another flight back to Brisbane and back with Adam Hines. Dude would draw box 1 for his heat and finish second behind Red Rocket. More importantly – he again showed his ability by qualifying for his second group 1 final. The G1 final would see the son of Surf Lorian draw box three and finish fourth behind the champ He Knows Uno. Immediately afterwards he was on another flight to Victoria and back to Darren MacDonald. From here he would head to Tasmania. 2 starts in Tasmania resulted in a third behind Dee Winter and an unplaced run. The decision was made to target the Victorian racing scene.
Over the next few months he raced at Ballarat, Warnambool, Horsham, Warragul, Sandown as well as The Meadows where he was 2 from 2 in fast time. He was competing against quality dogs winning his fair share and giving the 11 members of the Sensationalsthe ride of their lives. He would be set for the Golden Easter Egg. A public trial first look at Wentworth Park and a 29.79 run had connections very excited for what might be. It quickly turned to frustration as he was overlooked as being only a Victorian 5th grader. He wouldn’t be drawn in a heat and immediately returned to Victoria, but the bad luck of missing the egg would follow.
On the 5th of May 2011 a race fall at Sandown would change his career. Written off by many and with most suggesting that he would never race again, theopted for surgery. A fractured right humorous would result in a plate and 7 screws. A long stint on the sidelines would ensue and his recovery wouldn’t be known for sometime. Dude boarded a plane and returned to Queensland.
After 9 months Dude returned to racing in a FFA at Albion park on the 9th of February 2012 where he would finish 5th and show connections that although the body was bruised he still wanted to compete. He won the following week – a proud moment for connections and trainer Hines who proved the doubters wrong. Although he would never reach the same heights, he campaigned weekly over the following 6 weeks before another injury meant a further 2 months on the sidelines. He returned, but not for long. Injury had taken is toll and it was time to retire. A journey of racing in 5 different states had finally come to a end. Dude had changed the lives of the those around him.
Thelooked around to find him a home. Dude would continue to influence the lives of those around him. He found a home in Rochedale South with the Osmond family, Shane, Rachael and their two young boys. Shane’s father was a jockey, steward and trainer and he knew how great a pet greyhound would be. “Dude is the biggest sook – he loves attention and the side of anyone’s hip” he said. At the park the striking black dog still draws attention and influences those he meets – “everyone wants to pat him and people can’t believe how friendly greyhounds are. He is well known in the area and people love him and more than that they like seeing him around.” Just like they did when he was racing on the track.
Jamie Mchugh, of Logan village in Queensland, is one of the lucky few trainers who enjoyed instant success when he first decided to try his hand a training a dog or two.
Around ten years ago Jamie, went in search of a couple of dogs, with his good friend and very astute dog man Greg Brennan.
They decided on two performed dogs from country New South Wales, and a deal was struck to purchase them. Be For Bonnie, and Kakkadu Cowboy, were the result of that purchase.
Bee For Bonnie, would turn out the best of them and take Jamie on a phenomenal ride that included 5 wins in a row, a semi final berth in the Golden Easter Egg, a second in the Ipswich cup and a Tweed Heads Galaxy Finalist. Something the majority of us can only dream of when entering this fine sport for the first time.
Be For Bonnie was never a ready made 520m dog, and fellow trainers expressed their doubts about the daughter of Super Mint running out the 520 meter distance. However Jamie was having none of that, and after wining at Ipswich with her over the 431 in her second start he embarked on a campaign to build her up to the 520. That decision to step her up, despite others not believing she was capable would prove a master stroke for the first time greyhound trainer.
Be For Bonnie not only handled the step up, she went on to win 5 in a row, and just fell short in the Ipswich Cup where she was beaten a nose. Be for Bonnie would win 15 races for Jamie, and forever cement a love ofin him.
Jamie bred with Be For Bonnie and wanted nothing but the best for her and decided to mate her to Brett Lee, unfortunately none of the litter would emulate their mother, although they won many races. Tragically Be For Bonnie was bitten by a snake and Jamie would never get another chance to breed with her.
The luck though never stopped there, and when Jamie and his brother Leith were given a bitch to breed with by Steve Kavanagh, more quality chasers followed. Steve was a friend of Jamie’s father and the two played rugby league together growing up. Jamie looked up to Steve and considered him to be his mentor.
Jamie and Leith were loaned Lady Derry on a pup deal and the pair agreed to mate her to Elite State. Lady Derry, was imported by Steve from Ireland, and whelped 10 pups to the National Sprint champion. Jamie and Leith, would get 4 pups each and Steve 2 – Majority Rules, Cold Shivers, Miss Gro Go and Glad to name the best of them.
As luck would have it, Jamie once again hit the jackpot, and prepared Majority Rules to be the quickest qualifier of the time honoured VInce Curry. Majority Rules would have no luck in the Heats and Jamie decided with his, they would send the son of Elite State to Hall of Fame trainer Ron Ball.
Jamie was of the opinion a good dog deserved a good trainer, obviously forgetting the success he had with Be For Bonnie. Jamie had many dogs throughout this time and led in plenty of winners. Majority Rules would go on to make top grade at Albion Park and win many races, with the highlight of his career, coming with a victory in the Darwin Cup.
Cold Shivers would also prove to be a very handy performer, and the start of Jamie’s budding breeding career. Jamie put his bitch to Where’s Pedro and once again Jamie would be blessed with another top line chaser.
Seldom Said, was Jamie’s least favourite, and a dog he had offered up for sale before breaking in. Lucky for Jamie, Seldom Said would remain in his care until being sent to be broken in along wit his littermates. Jamie’s pick of the litter would turn out to be, one of the slowest, and Seldom Said by far the quickest.
Jamie carefully steered his charge around, and great success would follow. It is history now that Seldom said would go on to beat Don’t Knocka Him in the final of a big maiden at Grafton. Seldom Said, to date has won the Molly Campbell Silver Dollar, The Publicans Cup, and run a very close second in the Group 2 QLD Derby. He is currently on the comeback trail after spending a few months campaigning in NSW.
Jamie now trains from a small property in Logan Village, and has set himself up very well. He currently has pups by Velocette, Bekim Bale And Bombastic Shiraz. And these pups have the run of the property, often spending their days tearing around the yards or cooling off in the dam.
I have recently labelled Jamie, some what of a “Boutique” trainer, with the great success he is having with his small team of dogs. Jamie gets the basics right, and spends a lot of time preparing his dogs before he enters them into a race. He places them well and plays the grades to his advantage.
One thing Jamie does really well, is he is always willing to go that extra mile to get 100% out of his dogs. Whether it be traveling to a track they can win at,or getting the one extra run into them that they need to be 110%.
You always know when Jamie Mchugh has a dog in a race, that its in there with some sort of a winning chance. He only produces his dogs where they can win, and in tip top condition.
Recently Jamie took over the training of Bralyn Casey for good friend George Clegg, after George was forced to have a operation on his knee. The pair devised a plan to tackle a staying race with Bralyn Casey. Jamie had never trained a stayer and once again had instant success with Bralyn Casey winning first up with her over the 732m journey at Ipswich in city class.
George laid up at home, described the moment ‘as one of the most exciting moments he had, had in ‘. Between the pair they had pulled of the result they set out to achieve weeks earlier.
Jamie Mchugh has two young son’s who both share there father’s love of greyhounds, “Harry Mchugh” (Big H) and Tom Mchugh who has just completed his catchers licence. Both boys show great interest in the dogs, and young Harry is forever researching them on the internet, trying to convince his father to put one of there brood bitches to Big H’s favourite dog, Radley Bale.
Jamie has stated the success of the Mchugh kennel could not be possible with out the constant help he receives from the two boys, “They are a fantastic help” says Jamie. “I couldn’t do it without them”. I’ll have to start giving them a share in the prize money he jokes.
One things for sure Jamie has had fantastic success, but that success has not come easy. He has had to work hard, and has never stop learning always willing to try something new or listen to one of his peers, something he credits to his ongoing success.
The Mchugh Kennel is one to keep a close eye on.
No longer considered the poor cousin of horse racing, greyhounds present a cheaper opportunity for those wishing to become involved in the Australian Racing Industry. With racing happening everyday, now is the time to sell the product and encourage people to get involved.
The opportunity to own a greyhound has never been more attractive. With a greyhound set to pass 1 million in prizemoney, people are starting to take more than a passing interest in getting involved. Add the lower cost compared with the other codes and we should be turning people away. So why aren’t we?
For a sport that was once accessible to everyone the greyhound industry has done little in recent years to encourage new participants. From poor race scheduling to negative media attention the industry is in desperate need of change. Only then will growth begin and this great product reach the heights needed to survive.
Race scheduling has made it impossible for any person working full time the ability to attend the track. Let alone train their own dogs – the very foundations that the industry was built upon. Kennelling requirements and travel to and/or from a gridlocked city make it not worth the hassle. Owners want to watch their dogs and be apart of the thrill. Add track closures and uncertainty over where the industry is headed and you can see why people don’t want to be involved let alone invest their hard earned money.
Another challenge confronting the industry is the continued inability to cater for slower dogs. Saturday night racing at Ipswich has given a lifeline to some dogs but poor prizemoney won’t keep people involved for long. The wait and excitement of rearing the dog from puppy to first starter is exciting and full of anticipation. It quickly turns to frustration and disappointment when the dog won’t make the grade let alone have a start on the track. Another way to turn first time owners away from owning a second time. Non-tab races might provide the dog with a second opportunity but it won’t encourage the owner.
Limited information is available from clubs on how to get involved. Approaching trainers at the track is daunting and most have no time to speak to someone seeking assistance. Whilst some trainers are helpful most don’t have time. Ringing breeders for advice and assistance can often have the same outcome.
The internet provides an opportunity for keen first timers to research what is involved.has taken the world by storm. The problem, there are more negative pages then positive. Greyhound horror stories, pictures of neglected and injured dogs is turning potential owners away faster than it is attracting them. The comments that the sport is cruel, the dogs are too skinny and that the slow ones are killed needs to change.
Victorian greyhounds have reached out to industry participants and encouraged participation. Themed days, positive advertising and strategic partnerships with groups such as the McGrath foundation have opened new doors. Not to mention prizemoney levels and many more races and opportunities for dogs means that competition for new owners will remain. The product is here we just need to capitalise on it.
The new board will face many challenges and attracting new participants is just one of them. Queensland racing must decide the direction of the industry. The uncertainty must be addressed, and decisions made on the strategic plan for the future. When this is established the next step will be to encourage and retain new participants – and this will be the responsibility of everyone to ensure the industries growth and survival.
In their monthly meeting, the Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) board considered a proposal drafted by the Ipswich Turf Club (ITC) and IpswichClub (IGRC).
The proposal consists of two main components.
The first component of the proposal is to construct a tunnel under the existing tracks to allow car parking and other services to be located on the infield. The land fronting Brisbane Road would then be available for commercial development with the view of making the turf club financially self-sufficient.
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An undeniable stalwart of Queensland racing, Ron Ball again displayed why he is so highly regarded after qualifying three runners into Thursday nightâ€™s Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Ozo Good kicked off a big night for the leading trainer when it led all the way in 29.86. With Bogie King starting the race as an even-money favourite, the son of Token Prince and Gozo Tess made the most of the three box and had the race in his keeping a long way from home. Bogie King did finish hard to run second, however it still had eight lengths to make up by the time the 520m mark was up.
Miss Milkshake became Ronâ€™s second finalist causing a boilover by beating the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Got A Moment in 30.24. Starting the race as 35/1 bolter of the field, the consistent fawn bitch ran the more fancied runners off their legs and sent plenty of Quaddie tickets to the rubbish bin along the way. Got A Moment didnâ€™t show her usual box speed, and had to work its way into the race from midfield, putting in a finishing burst along the home straight. But it was too late, and Miss Milkshake had held on by a length.
Continue reading Ron Ballâ€™s Three-Pronged Attack On Group 1 Brisbane Cup
In a giant leap back into the past Queensland Racing Minister, Steve Dickson, has re-organised racing but simultaneously consigned it to the status quo at best, but more likely continuing decline.
â€śThe changes we plan to introduce are overwhelming(ly) designed to put the 30,000 strong racing sector back in control, giving participants a real voice through the creation of three code specific boards for thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racingâ€ť, says the Minister in an â€śimportant message to industry participantsâ€ť.
This inks in changes foreshadowed earlier in the year after the new Liberal Government ditched the composite structure headed by former supremo Bob Bentley and got rid of many of its members.
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The Racing Queensland Limited board at their October 2012 meeting approved the addition of greyhound races at Albion Park until the end of December, 2012.
The additional races will commence in November and will run until the end of December in an endeavour to afford the current buoyant pool of greyhounds the opportunity to race.
Racing Queensland Announce $1.1Million Prizemoney Increase, Unplaced Prizemoney & Adopts NSW Grading Policy Model
Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) has finalised phase one of the greyhound industry development strategy after consultation with the industry that commenced July, 2012.
RQL has received written surveys from the industry participants, clubs and associations in the past two months that subsequently resulted in RQL organising open.
RQL is pleased to announce changes that will deliver an increase in this yearâ€™s prizemoney of $1.1million.
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Forty of Queenslandâ€™s best greyhounds will compete in the upcoming QLD State Sprint and Distance Championship Heats on Thursday 2nd August at the Albion Park Raceway.
Nominations for the Queensland State Sprint and Distance Championship closed today at 12 noon. The winning greyhound of the QLD State Sprint and Distance Final will travel to Tasmania to represent Queensland in the Group 1 AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championship Finals at the HobartClub on Saturday 25th August.
Queenslanderâ€™s expectations for success will be high after local favourites Metz Magic and Dashing Corsair claimed the 2011 AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championship Finals hosted by the Brisbane
Continue reading Nominations Announced For QLD State National Sprint & Distance Championships