Duncan Stearn
Author Since : 2010-11-14 23:36:12

Duncan has been involved in greyhound racing as a spectator, punter, owner, author (The Ultimate Accolade, New South Wales Greyhound of the Year Title 1965-1985), and freelance journalist (Australian Greyhound Review, NSW Greyhound Weekly, Behind the Boxes, Group Racing News, The Australian Magazine, Daily Telegraph, and DeFax Sporting Publications website).

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Bessy Boo leaves as Wentworth Park’s brightest star

WITH his retirement at the end of last year, former Wentworth Park star Bessy Boo has undoubtedly set a record which will almost certainly never be equalled or surpassed at the Glebe circuit. The son of Bekim Bale and My …Read More..

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Silver Chief Classic has been breeding ground for stars

The Silver Chief Classic was first inaugurated in Melbourne in 1964 and was meant to rival the National Derby, the age classic begun by the National Coursing Association a year earlier. Over the course of its history it has occasionally …Read More..

Saturday 7th January 2017

Gosford Cup the biggest win of Miss Elly Mint’s grand career

ON January 6 2009 NSW sprinter Miss Elly Mint (Elite State x Indigo Mint) recorded the biggest victory, in terms of prize money, throughout her impressive career when she took out the Gosford Cup. The white and blue brindle bitch …Read More..

Tuesday 27th December 2016

How does Swimming Goat’s record rate against history?

SINCE March this year the performances of the intriguingly-named former Australian short-course sprinter Swimming Goat in New Zealand have made headlines not only in the greyhound press but have also spilled over into the general media. In what has been …Read More..

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Metro Man finds a new lease of racing life in Townsville

FORMER Northern Rivers speed merchant Metro Man, a member of the Elite State x Kingsbrae Di litter whelped in February 2013, is carving a new career for himself in the northern Queensland city of Townsville. Metro Man, now trained by …Read More..

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Christmas Gift success a triumph of ability over experience

WHEN Royal Turbo took the lead going into the first bend in the final of the Group 3 Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and then simply turned the race into his own, he became the third winner …Read More..

Thursday 15th December 2016

Is it time to relinquish Wentworth Park?

SEPTEMBER 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of the closure of Harold Park. That closure reduced Sydney city racing to just one venue, Wentworth Park, and now, three decades on, isn’t it time we gave serious consideration to letting it …Read More..

Monday 12th December 2016

Summer Cup dead-heat a true rarity in major races

THE dead-heat between Victorian stayer Ring The Bell and local hope Melissa’s Pride in the final of the 720m Summer Cup at Wentworth Park is, perhaps not surprisingly, one of extreme rarity when it comes to major distance races, not …Read More..

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Zambora Brockie joins a special class by winning Ballarat Cup

After overcoming the ‘hoodoo’ of box two to become only the second greyhound to take out the Ballarat Cup from that alley since 1999, Zambora Brockie became only the eighth greyhound in history to have annexed three or more Victorian …Read More..

Thursday 1st December 2016

Zambora Brockie faces yet another ‘box’ hurdle in Ballarat Cup

TOP class sprinter Zambora Brockie recently failed as the punter’s elect in the Melbourne Cup (515m), and became the 21st successive greyhound to be defeated when wearing the white rug of box three in the world’s richest event. Now he …Read More..

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Can Zambora Brockie overcome history to win the Melbourne Cup?

THIS year’s Melbourne Cup final will be the 21st time the race has been conducted over the 515m distance at Sandown Park. Zambora Brockie has been installed as the $2.10 favourite with Crownbet from box three, while Outside Pass is …Read More..

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Reliving Benjamin John’s feat to make two Melbourne Cups

DESPITE its incredibly long history, the Melbourne Cup has not really been a race where greyhounds domiciled in New South Wales have done well. This is despite the fact NSW racing was arguably far stronger than Victoria from the 1950s …Read More..

Monday 14th November 2016

Flashback to the 1966 Melbourne Cup

THE modern-day Melbourne Cup kicked off in 1956 and since then has arguably become the most sought-after race to win on the greyhound racing calendar, much like its horse racing counterpart. A decade later and its already impressive history was …Read More..

Friday 7th October 2016

West Aussie seeking to snare a place in Sydney Cup folklore

THE Sydney Cup is a race that has been ‘on the books’ at Wentworth Park since 1963 and boasts winners from Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and even the United States (Lucy Wires in 2013), but this Saturday night sees …Read More..

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Topcat Video Cups’ surprisingly wide victory margins

WHEN the new staying sensation Burn One Down streeted his rivals by a massive nine lengths in taking out the final of the Topcat Video Cup (Group 3) over 725 metres at the Meadows on September 24, the focus, naturally …Read More..

Saturday 1st October 2016

Jason Thompson records an amazing fourth Shepparton Cup

ON September 24, leading trainer Jason Thompson went into the final of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup with three runners and emerged victorious when Aston Bolero (box six) scored a brilliant victory over American Monster and Shima Song. Thompson’s other …Read More..

Thursday 29th September 2016

Keeping greyhound records: close enough is really not good enough

THERE’S an old saying which has a few variations and a number of people to whom it has been attributed, but it basically goes, ‘A person who will not take care of the little things will not take care of …Read More..

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Mainstream media types are too lazy to check the greyhound facts

YOU would think anyone who has penned a series of books on historical events would have a pretty good handle on sifting fact from fiction. You would expect them to at least do a little bit of due diligence and, …Read More..

Friday 16th September 2016

Worm Burner: lose weight and win (a lot of) races

THERE really must be something in the South Australian water table. Reigning National Sprint Champion Worm Burner resumed racing on June 6 after a two-month break and in 13 starts since then, all at Angle Park and all over 515 …Read More..

Thursday 15th September 2016

Straight track match racing, a test of both speed and strength

AFTER Healesville, the premier straight track in the country, conducted its showcase Cup day on Sunday September 11, it’s worth remembering that in past decades one of the ways in which owners and trainers would spruik the merits of their …Read More..

Tuesday 13th September 2016

Is greyhound racing actually banned in the majority of the US?

THERE is an enormous amount of what appears to be intentional misinformation and simply incorrect information from what I can see regarding the status of greyhound racing in the United States. Since the announcement by Premier Mike Baird that his …Read More..

Monday 5th September 2016

Busting the wastage of non-performing greyhounds lie

ONE of the big lies being spread by the NSW premier and his coterie of political ‘yes’ persons and drawn from the information contained in the McHugh report is that greyhounds are being killed or ‘wasted’ if they are not …Read More..

Wednesday 10th August 2016

The case for going back to straight track greyhound racing

WHEN I was a teenager my father decided to purchase a greyhound pup. It was our first foray into owning a racing animal and we duly trekked out to western Sydney and bought a six-weeks old black dog by Milimsimbi …Read More..

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Speed may become an irrelevance in racing’s future

WHILE greyhound people in NSW are effectively labeled by the state premier and much of his ruling party as being incapable of following animal welfare laws, the state government of Victoria has taken an entirely different view and, following a …Read More..

Follow the money: is ban more about finances than welfare?

As the truth is slowly but surely teased out of the Gordian knot of lies weaved into the fabric of the McHugh Special Commission, it certainly looks as though animal welfare is not the real issue at the forefront of …Read More..

Sunday 7th August 2016

Baird continues misinformation and deflection campaign

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph newspaper published on August 3, NSW Premier Baird restated the reasoning behind his unilateral decision to shut down greyhound racing as of July next year. So, let’s look at his reasons, and take …Read More..

Monday 1st August 2016

Inventing American greyhound racing history

AN anti-racing commenter questioned my facts regarding greyhound racing in the United States, after I raised issues about Premier Baird making two false statements in an interview on 2GB. Baird claimed racing had been conducted in a majority of American …Read More..

Saturday 30th July 2016

Fabregal’s amazing unplaced run comes to a narrow end

SOUTH Australian greyhound Fabregal (Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay) exited box six at what was her second race in four days over 515m at Sandown Park on Thursday night, but could only finish fourth behind Lithgow Panther after finding bother …Read More..

Thursday 28th July 2016

NSW greyhound participants viewed as irredeemable recidivists

IT is hard to believe Premier Baird is able to keep a straight face when he makes some of the comments attributed to him. For example, talking of Justice McHugh’s conclusions on live baiting and the numbers of participants involved, …Read More..

Thursday 21st July 2016

The social contagion of live baiting

IN 1922 the American cultural critic Walter Lippman argued in his book ‘Public Opinion’ that for the average person, ‘the real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance…’ The result, according to the web …Read More..