Wagga & District Greyhound Racing Club President Darren Hull has described Sunday night’s Cup meeting as fantastic after the track was host to a record crowd on their highlight night of racing which saw almost $35,000 in prizemoney handed out over the ten race program.
“We had a record crowd in excess of 1,000 people which was fantastic. To get more than 1,000 people to a greyhound track for a single meeting is a huge achievement”, Darren said.
“We had entertainment for the kids and they were 20 deep at the jumping castle and the line at the pony rides was about 50 metres long”.
The night also saw two training records go to two exceptional kennels with both Michael Carter and Amanda and Glen Ginn achieving amazing feats with their chasers on the track.
Michael Carter was triumphant with his greyhounds in both the Simaroo Lodge Cup Consolation and the Graeme Hull Memorial Cup Final.
“It was a massive achievement for Michael Carter taking out both the Consolation and Cup final and it is a feat that has never been achieved at Wagga”, Darren informed.
In the Consolation final Carter put the polish on checks runner Jack Silver who had to do plenty of work to land the prize after only beginning moderately. The son of Trewly Special and Ice Dancer positioned himself behind the leader in the run out of the first turn before challenging for the lead and drawing clear down the back to take out the race by three and a half lengths in a fast 30.31 seconds. The 35 kilogram heavyweight has now put together 11 wins from 45 starts with another 20 placings to his name.
The highlight of Carter’s night came in the eighth event with Jimmy Lane an all the way winner in the Graeme Hull Memorial Cup. Beginning well from box two the Victorian was able to muster plenty of pace in the run to the first turn and from there the race was all over as the two and a half year old stretched out to claim the $10,000 winner’s purse by two and a half lengths in a nippy 30.41 seconds. By promising young sire Dyna Lachlan, the black sprinter has won 14 races from 39 track appearances and has been a very consistent greyhound racing down South.
Carter had a very busy weekend with his other speedster Shadow Lane qualifying for the Group One Peter Mosman on Saturday night at Wentworth Park when running second behind Johnny Fire in his semi-final.
Sunday night was also hugely successful for brother and sister training team Glen and Amanda Ginn who had four runners in the Butch Pertzel Memorial over the 400 metre distance. The fact that the Cudal identities had qualified half the field for the $3,000 final was an impressive achievement and record in itself however if that was not enough they managed to get their dogs over the line in first, second, third and fourth position.
Remarkably the winner of the event, Midnight Ivy, was the least fancied of the Ginn’s runners paying a whopping $18.40 for the win.
“For the Ginn’s to have four runner’s in the event was a great feat but for them to cross the line one, two, three, and four is unheard of”, Darren enthused.
The winner was prepared by Glen Ginn, a trainer for 35 years. Midnight Ivy qualified for the final when finishing second behind kennel mate Vayetra in last week’s heats but got a dream run in the final as Amanda explains, “He is usually a wide runner so we thought he was going to jump and take the field with him as he ran off but he just jumped to the front and stayed pretty straight”.
Amanda and Glen were understandably delighted with the triumph after breeding and rearing the litter themselves however it was not until the numbers went on the board that they realised that they had got the first four. “We knew we had won it with one of them but it wasn’t until someone pointed out and we saw on the board that we had the first four that we actually realised what they had done”.
“I was so proud of them; to get the first four in a feature final and especially from the same litter has never happened at Wagga or I don’t think anywhere”.
It was also an exciting night for Amanda’s son Tyler, with the 15 year old boxing his first feature race winner. “Tyler was stoked and it was really exciting for him to handle the winner and be a part of it”, Amanda said.
“He is still at school but he helps out with the dogs and is a big part of the kennels”.
The Ginn’s are located at Cudal, located between Orange and Forbes and live next door to each other and train from the same property. In running a successful kennel, Amanda explains that there is a large amount of team work going in to make sure everything runs smoothly, “Glen works at the council during the day and I also work. Whenever someone goes to work the others step in and make sure everything gets done.”
Amanda would again like to thank the Wagga Club for making them feel welcome and like a local on the night, “The people there are fantastic, and I can’t speak highly enough of them”
“We had so many people- even strangers coming up to congratulate us on the win”
“The crowd was huge and I can’t believe how many people were there. I have never been to a track that puts on quite a show. For a small club to go to that extent is outstanding. There were kids and families everywhere having a great time”.
As for what comes next for the sons of Hesa Felon and Miss Bliss they will most likely head to the Grafton Carnival at the end of the month, “Glen goes to the Grafton carnival every year so that’s where they are headed. They will probably have a run before that but we are not sure where yet”, Amanda revealed.
As for now, the dynamic training duo are enjoying their fantastic success with their chasers with Amanda adding just how much Sunday’s triumph meant to them
“We were so excited and it meant so much to us. They are very special. People always look at the relationship we have with the dogs and say how much they love us but what they don’t realise is we love them twice as much”.
“We will never forget that night”.
The next meeting at Wagga will be held on Sunday the 30th June before the meetings are transferred to a twilight time slot on Thursday evening. With so much success and potential the club is confident they will thrive when faced with this new challenge.
Wagga & District Greyhound Racing Club are gearing up for their biggest night of the year with the $10,000 to the winner Graeme Hull Memorial Cup to be run and won on Sunday night. The time honoured event has attracted a sensational field for the 2013 running with club President Darren Hull expecting a record crowd to converge on the showground.
“If the weather is nice and clear, I think we can get over 1,000 people on course and that would go close to topping the records”, Hull explained, “It is the main attraction in the area over the long weekend and each year we get people coming along who have never been to the dogs in their life”.
The event is named after Graeme Hull, Darren’s father who was a pivotal member in the success of the club and track, “Dad was involved in the industry for over 40 years and was the long term president at the old North Wagga track and also when it located to the showground in 1975”.
Graeme Hull was also a major sponsor of the Wagga Cup, stepping in when the club was in a dire stretch to bring it back to its brilliant best, “He was the sponsor of the event for the past 20 years with the family business Graeme Hull Smash Repairs which is quite a large business in the area”.
This year the race will take on a different tone with the event renamed the Graeme Hull Memorial Cup after his unfortunate passing last year. With the event carrying obvious sentimental meaning for the Hull family, Darren is pleased that the race has attracted some top quality young sprinters.
“This year is really a city class field and is without a doubt the best Wagga Cup field we have seen both with the quality of dogs, and the trainers”.
“From the six heats less than three lengths covered the winning times so it’s shaping up to be a great event”.
In a highly talented field, Darren is keen to see whether the Michael Doggett prepared Grovebrook Ruler can emulate his phenomenal performance in last week’s heats
“I like the way he is drawn in the three. He was very impressive last week coming off the pace to win in the fastest time (30.37 seconds)”.
Despite his dazzling performance at his track debut, Grovebrook Ruler will face a hard task with the powerful Lord kennel qualifying two runners into the final; Cawbourne Classy and Cawbourne Sparky who both took out their heats last week and have drawn in boxes five and six respectively. Both sprinters are sub-30 Wentworth Park victors and possess enough early speed to be prominent in the event.
Also with two in the event is Victorian trainer Michael Carter who has Jimmy Lane and Lilly Lane engaged from boxes two and four. Jimmy Lane took out his heat last week in a good 30.53 seconds whilst Lilly Lane was one and a half lengths behind Grovebrook Ruler in her heat.
Darren also gives rails runner One Inch Punch a great chance in the event after his 30.52 seconds heat win and particularly after coming up with the coveted rails alley.
The other major races on the action packed card are the Warren’s Flyer Memorial, the Cup Consolation, and the Butch Pertzel Memorial where Darren is full of praise for Cudal trainers Amanda and Glen Ginn who have qualified four runners into the final. The brother and sister team put the polish on heat winners Wrapped Tight (23.48 seconds), Major Movo (23.20 seconds), Vayetra (23.21 seconds) as well as Midnight Ivy who was a runner up behind Vayetra with the kennelmates drawing in boxes one, six, seven and four respectively for the decider.
“It was incredible. They came down last week with four dogs who had never seen the track and got three winners and a second in the heats- it is unheard of”, Darren said.
Darren rates fastest qualifier Pebbles Knew the one to beat for Robyn Goodwin after the daughter of High Earner clocked a blistering 22.95 seconds at her track debut, however gives the Ginn runners a great shot, in particular Vayetra who took out his heat in dominant fashion.
“Vayetra’s run was exceptional last week after he nearly got knocked down running through the catching pen. How he got back up and won is beyond me and I think he is drawn well out wide in the seven”, Darren explained.
Ginn herself was delighted with the run of Vayetra but also her other three ‘babies’ who gave it their all to make it through this week.
“They made me so proud last week making it through to the final. We bred, whelped, reared and now train them so it makes it so much more special”.
The four brothers are by Hesa Felon out of Miss Bliss with the talented litter winning 46 races between them thus far. Miss Bliss has been a great producer with her first litter to Bush Legend scoring 41 victories on the race track.
Amanda and Glen live next door to one another and train their greyhounds on a combined 4.5 acre property with the racing industry certainly bred into their blood.
“We used to live in Queensland and our father Bobby Ginn was a top trainer of trotters up there but then when we moved down to Sydney we didn’t have the room for the horses so that’s how we got into training dogs.
“Glen has had them for 35 years and I grew up helping him and dad with the dogs. I got out of them for a few years but then started helping Glen again and from there I fell in love with them and started racing and breeding them”.
With the long four hour drive in front of them this Sunday, the Ginn siblings have a great shot at the $3,000 prize however Amanda also rates Pebbles Knew as the hardest to beat in this week’s final, “The three has speed when it hits the ground and is the one to beat”
“Whoever jumps will win it and whoever wins it we will be happy for them. We would love to win it but if we don’t there is always another race. Win, lose or draw its ok as long as they make it around safe”.
Ginn would also like to thank the hospitality shown by the Wagga & District Greyhound Racing Club last week when traveling to the track for the first time, “ I can’t commend them highly enough. Everyone made us feel welcome and even came up to congratulate us and thank us for coming up,” Amanda enthused.
“We will definitely be going back there in the future”.
The first race at Wagga will jump at 5:02pm with the Club going above and beyond to ensure everyone has a fantastic time. Available on the night will be free pony rides and a jumping castle for the kids whilst the club will also be giving away a free betting voucher for the punters in the crowd.
There would be no better way to spend your Sunday if you are in the area then heading down to the Wagga Club to check out the fastest sport on legs in full flight.
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