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Volume 1 Number 22 Friday March 3, 2017
1958 Rookie Rebel 1969 Benjamin John
1989 Ginger 2001 Brett Lee
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From the Editor’s Desk Victorian Greyhound Weekly
Edition 22 Friday March 3
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Coming up over the next week:
Friday March 3 Healesville, Bendigo, Geelong
Saturday March 4 Cranbourne and The Meadows
Sunday March 5 Sandown (SAP, Healesville
Monday March 6 Ballarat, Traralgon
Tuesday March 7 Geelong, Bendigo and Warragul.
Wednesday March 8 The Meadows (MEP), Bendigo,
Cranbourne and Ballarat.
Thursday March 9 Shepparton, Warrnambool,
Sandown and Warragul.
Letters to the editor are always welcome on any topic
of your choice.
Vale Lil Dickie
Lil Dickie, a life member of the Ballarat Greyhound
Racing Club, sadly passed away on Monday morning at
Lil received life membership of the Club in recognition of
significant service over many, many years on the
Committee and helping out around the club.
The Ballarat GRC’s Oaks race, held in February
each year, is named after Lil, and most regular race
meetings at Ballarat have a race named after her.
Lil used to train greyhounds, and she was awarded
Greyhound Racing Victoria’s prestigious Ken Carr Medal
in 2002, an award which recognises outstanding
contribution to a greyhound club.
A service for Lil was held in the F.W. Barnes &
Son Chapel, corner Pleasant St. Sth and Darling St,
Ballarat yesterday, March 2, 2017 and Guests were then
welcomed back to the Ballarat GRC for food and drinks.
Plenty of fond memories of Lil were the topic of
conversation throughout the afternoon, and she will be
fondly remembered by many people associated with
greyhound racing in the area. R.I.P Lil.
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Black dog March 2010 35kg
Go Wild Teddy x Princess Bale
Career Statistics: 14 starts - 13 wins Prizemoney $136,075
Winner 2012 Group 1 Maturity Classic
Track Records: Maitland 450m - 24.90 Bulli 400m - 22.20 (in his maiden)
Superstar who won 13 of 14 starts
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Also Standing: Bekim Bale ($2750), Dyna Tron ($1650), Dyna Lachlan ($2200), Meticulous ($1500), Path To Power ($1500) and Velocette ($2200).
FERNANDO BALE White & brindle dog 29.7kg March 2013 Kelsos Fusileer* x Chloe Allen
Career Statistics: 44 starts - 35 wins 5 placings Prizemoney $1,299,370 Winner of 8 Group 1 events Including G1 Golden Easter Egg, G1 National Sprint Championship, G1 Maturity Classic, G1 Topgun, G1 Adelaide Cup, G1 Peter Mosman Classic, as well as the G2 Bendigo Cup, G2 Traralgon Cup and the G3 Bill Collins Memorial. Track Records: Bendigo 425m 23.99 Traralgon 525m 29.80
KIOWA PRODUCER* Dark brindle dog 31.5kg April 2011 Dragon Fire x Kay V Sweet Kay
Career Statistics: 94 starts - 50 wins, 19 placings Member of the 2013 All-American team Winner of the 2013 Hollywood World Classic, 2013 Southland Derby and 2013 Chris Callas Memorial Stake. Perfect outcross for Australian bitches Kiowa Producer is undoubtedly one of the best bred American imports to ever stand at stud in Australia. What’s more, Kiowa Producer has the racetrack record to back up that claim, when you consider his overall record of 94 starts for 50 wins (Yes, 50 wins!) 15 seconds and four thirds.
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FABREGAS Black dog October 2010 36.5kg Bombastic Shiraz x Wicked Witch
Career Statistics: 13 starts - 12 wins Prizemoney: $131,055 Winner 2012 Group 1 National Sprint Championship He was a superstar on the track and he is now A superstar sire - Leading AGRA Sire of the year for 2016
Fabregas……….. Built for speed!
Breeding and trainers of last week’s
Victoria, NSW and South Australia
Angle Park - Monday February 20
1. Long Gully Josh (KC And All* x Long Gully Libby)
2. Gemtree Chaos (Velocette x Gemtree) G. Rehmann
3. Hesa Marlow (Lochinvar Marlow x Amity Kinship)
4. Farmin (Djays Octane* x Kiowa Angel) L. Harris
5. Roxy Rolla (Cosmic Rumble x Enlightment)
6. Marley Bale (Turanza Bale x Dyna Gala)
7. West On Janet (Barcia Bale x Disco Girl) L. Calahan
8. Bathtub Teddy (All Is Cool x Grumpy Snappa)
9. McLaren Chief (Cosmic Chief x Stevie McLaren)
10. Mo Town Roy (Razldazl Jayfkay* x New Year's
Punch) C. Abbott
11. Wota Chill (Bit Chili x Wot Where) R. Pearce
Angle Park - Wednesday February 22
1. Justice Dusty (Dustando x Crash Sandy) B. Lowick
2. Tiger's Empire (Dyna Tron x Liability) K. Murnane
3. Son Of Helga (Dyna Lachlan x Helga) K. Bewley
4. Crackdown (Magic Sprite x Annie Walker)
5. Pure Eagle (Cape Hawke x Power Merc) Lester
6. Secret Bogan (Falcon x Boganesque) Kim Johnstone
7. Lady Bale (Yuranza Bale x Princess Bale)
8. Naughty Nat (Nolen x Punk Rock Lass) C. Adcock
9. Quell Allen (Dyna Nalin x Brenna Bale) W. Matcott
10. Kenzi (Don Chendo x Heggart) J. Cayley
11. Another Bust Stop (Swift Fancy x Taylor's Reunion)
12. Waz On Fire (Magic Sprite x Annie Walker)
Wentworth Park - Wednesday February 22
1. Starburst Bassy (Glen Gallon x Starburst Suzie)
2. Bowlin' Spinazz (Bekim Bale x Avondale Miss)
3. Frekey (Djays Octane* x Key Exit) L. Davis
4. Bolero Icon (El Grand Senor x Classy Icon) G. Bayo
5. Beegumbah Rumba (Cape Hawke x Emennette)
6. Kissing Carter (Mogambo x She Ain't Late)
7. Like Zeus (Cape Hawke x Cheeky Wanda) P. Falas
8. Goldstein (Barcia Bale x Cosmic Aphrodite) M. Bell
9. Magic Spring (Spring Gun x Fascinate Marina)
10. Magic Gambler (Collision x Magic Capers) J. Magri
The Meadows (MEP) Wednesday February 22 1. Dundee Kestrel (Barcia Bale x Crown Poker)
2. Trixta Rox (Barcia Bale x Punk Rock Lass)
3. Brueghelino (Banjo Boy x Easy Baby) D. Crouch
4. Oronsay (Walk Hard x Dirty Angel) J. Sharp
5. Allen Zhara (Dyna Steal x Nelly Bale) D. Burkett
6. Gravel Rash Riot (Fabregas x Ready To Riot)
7. Black Sky Riot (Fabregas x Ready To Riot)
8. Tito Jojito (Nolen x Fancy Mojo) M. Giles
9. Allen Gerwen (Radley Bale x Dyna Cari) S. Collins
10. Quistis Bale (Dyna Nalin x Hannie Bale) S. Collins
11. Gabrielle Allen (SH Avatar* x Quiz Bale) A. Dailly
12. Thunder Raz (Thundering Jake x Lee Shiraz)
Angle Park - Thursday February 23
1. Molly Be Nimble (Nitro Burst x Hope's Up)
2. Stick Fugure (Spring Gun x Visional) T. Rasmussen
3. Chopsticks (Bekim Bale x Alana Blues) C. Butcher
4. Keroma Storm (Magic Sprite x Thundering Speed)
5. Egyptian Diva (Knocka Norris x Little Egyptian)
6. Sheeza Nitro (Nitro Burst x Hope's Up) C. Butcher
7. Allen Jersey (Turanza Bale x Ucme Typhoon)
8. On Fire (Bekim Bale x Alana Blues) C. Butcher
9. Zoltan Bale (Barcia Bale x Really Gonnarock)
10. Neville Bale (Turanza Bale x Penelope Bale)
11. Lupe Fiasco (Nitro Burst x Pipe Dreams)
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Breeding and trainers of last week’s
Victoria, NSW and South Australia
Sandown - Thursday February 23
1. Leprechaun Storm (Premier Fantasy x Glamorous
Keisha) P. Bartolo
2. Riveting (Swift Fancy x Ronray Disco) K. Leek
3. Zipping Lady (Barcia Bale x Scarlett Girl) S. Ralph
4. Rig Fifty Five (Oaks Road x Full Noise Turbo)
5. Reckoning (Swift Fancy x Ronray Disco) J.
6. Zipping Arnold (Don't Knocka Him x Yarramundi
7. Brolly Bale (David Bale x Ucme Typhoon) R. Britton
8. Mumma Josie (Barcia Bale x Charming Louise)
9. Vostok (Oaks Road x Full Noise Turbo) A. Langton
10. Moneypenny (Cosmic Chief x Princess Douglas)
11. Harlon (Dyna Lachlan x Emmy's Belle)
12. Nangar Flame (Collision x Flash Fancy)
Wentworth Park - Saturday February 25
Meeting abandoned because of the inclement weather
and the state of the track.
The Meadows - Saturday February 25 1. Monaro Monelli (Barcia Bale x Sharon Monelli)
2. Eminent Reality (Barcia Bale x Zelemar Fever)
3. Aston Bolero (Fabregas x Aston Dream)
4. It's A Fling (Collision x It's A Blur) W. Vassallo
5. Fanta Bale (David Bale x Ucme Typhoon*)
6. Matt Machine (SA Avatar* x Love To Rock) J. Ennis
7. Burn One Down (Buck Fever x Fancy Jaffa)
8. Lightning Frank (Black Magic Opal x Kirabilli
Abbie) M. Wright
9. Blazin' Bomber (Kinloch Brae* x Absolute Stunna)
10. Aeroplane Bob (Turanza Bale x Ritza Night)
11. Trip To Eden (Solve The Puzzle x Key To Eden)
Sandown (SAP) Sunday February 26
1. Crackerjack Kack (Cosmic Rumble x Crackerjack
Lil) M. Delbridge
2. Crackerjack Doug (Djays Octane* x Five Percent)
3. Calendar Boy (Premier Fantasy* x Glamorous
4. Shreddin' Peter Rocket x Rockin' Along) K. Hellmuth
5. Shanakee (Barcia Bale x Punk Rock Lass) D. Mowat
6. Spring Bomber (Spring Gun x Octane Blaze)
7. Surefire (Barcia Bale x Veetee Express) J. Magri
8. Lorenzo Blue (Barcia Bale x Queen Bluebird)
9. Dr. Kestrel (Dyna Tron x Sheoak Greta)
10. Dr. Frankie (Barcia Bale x Dr. Sparky) W.
11. Arapaho Joe (Didda Joe (x Our Lisa) S. Braeur
12. So Fine (Paw Licking x Bold And Black) R.Britton
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Talking Breeding with Roger Clark
THIS week’s review of litters selected from the
Victorian Litter Registrations list for the week ending
February 8, starts with a nice litter of nine pups by
promising stud prospect Banjo Boy (April 2011 Vee
Man Vane x Off Springer).
Registered by Nhill breeder, Andrea Gurry, the
seven dogs and two bitches are from the beautifully bred
bitch, Vegas Secrets (October 2010 Where’s Pedro x
Cindeen Shelby), whose Group 1 winning dam is by
Bombastic Shiraz x Proper Shelby (Royal Assassin x
Cindeen Shelby was crowned 2009 AGRA GOTY
after winning the 2009 G1 Topgun (29.75), 2009 G1
Paws of Thunder (WP 30.08), 2009 G1 Sapp Classic
(SP 29.72), 2008 G2 YS Classic (WPK 29.97), and
the 2009 G2 Black Top (Gardens 29.77).
Vegas Secrets is from a handy litter, which included
Born Creative, Melissa’s Memory, Mr. Shelby, Ronray
Flyer, Shelby King, Sir Shelby, Sweet As Shelby and
Tian Hao Diva.
Their dam also produced winners from her five
other litters, by Brett Lee, College Causeway*, Cosmic
Rumble, Kinloch Brae* and Magic Sprite.
On the track, Vegas Secrets raced 38 times for
nine wins and ten placings, winning five times over 302
metres at Mandurah, in WA, where she also won over
405 metres (23.22), and also won twice over 400 metres
at Warragul (22.81) and 307 metres at Bathurst (18.07).
She is a proven producer, from her handy first
litter, with seven named, whelped in January 2015, by
Djays Octane, then she has since whelped a litter of five
dogs and five bitches, by Cosmic Rumble, born October
Two Barcia Bale litters. TWO litters on the list this week by leading Victorian
Metropolitan sire, Barcia Bale (March 2010 Go Wild
Teddy x Princess Bale).
Atlas Syndicate Manager, Lorraine Cookson,
registered the first of the two litters, which has six dogs
and five bitches, from the well bred bitch, Atlas Surprise
(April 2011 Knocka Norris x Path To Ptofit), whose
dam is by Path To Power x Price To Pay (Molotov* x
Better Be Rich).
Atlas Surprise is from a handy litter of six named,
which included Atlas Profit, Knocka Express, Lucifer’s
Fury, Plenty To Prove and Shannon Vale.
Their dam, Path To Profit also has winners on file
from her only other litter, whelped in October 2013, by
Spring Gun, which produced, Baltic Charm, Baltic
Valhalla, Ishka, and Tanazoo.
Continued page 7
Victorian Litter Registrations Week Ending February 8
Banjo Boy x Vegas Secrets 7 2 A. Gurry
Barcia Bale x Atlas Surprise 6 5 L. Cookson
Barcia Bale x Miss Kia Ora 2 0 G. Burton
Buck Fever x Narralee 1 3 L. Gray
Cosmic Rumble x Dewana Sienna 2 4 B. Dewan
Dyna Double One x Mepunga Lana 2 6 G. Anders
Fabregas x Sharni Rose 5 5 J. Baldwin
Farley Blitz* x Time To Embrace 1 0 W. Fasoli
Fernando Bale x Veetee Saharrah 5 2 V. Tullio
Fernando Bale x White Spyro 2 4 S. Davis
KC And All* x Sweet It Is 4 5 J. Finn
Paw Licking x Scrappy Coco 2 0 J. Guy
Premier Fantasy* x Kim Special 5 2 K. Anderson
Primo Uno x Superior Hayley 3 5 J. Wynd
Stagger x Sweet Sticka 3 2 P. Matthews
Superman x Latina 2 2 L. Tindall
* Import or O/Seas based
Totals 52 47 16 litters, Ave (6.2)
Two Barcia Bale litters…
Atlas Surprise raced 48 times, for five wins and eleven
placings, winning three times over 450 metres at
Ballarat (25.68), with single wins over 425 metres at
Bendigo (24.48) and 450 metres at Shepparton (25.81).
EUROA breeder, Glen Burton, has the second Barcia
Bale litter, which unfortunately, has just the two dogs
pups, from the beautifully bred bitch, Miss Kia Ora
(October 2011 Bartrim Bale x Ondina Bale), whose dam
is by Collision x Maple Bale (Spiral Nikita* x Vista
She is from a litter of six named, which included
Amber Blitz, Deadly Producer, Dream It, Dream
Producer and Lunar Tom.
Their dam also produced winners from her two
other litters, whelped in November 2013 by Cape
Hawke, then June 2014 by Bekim Bale.
On the track she raced 12 times for five wins and
two placings, winning twice over 525 metres at The
Meadows (30.21), twice over 450 metres at Ballarat
(25.42) and also over 450 metres at Shepparton (25.37).
She has one named offspring, Sunset Trixie, who
is from her first litter, of one dog and five bitches,
whelped in July 2015, by Dyna Nalin.
Ready to Rumble NEXT we have a litter of six pups by Golden Easter Egg
winner, now successful sire, Cosmic Rumble (April
2007 Spiral Nikita* x Spiritual Rumble).
Registered by Dozus Two Syndicate Manager,
Brendan Dewan, from Edithvale, the two dogs and four
bitches are from the well bred, successful producer,
Dewana Sienna (January 2010 El Galo x Wildcard
Lass), whose dam is by Primo Uno x Pauline (Head
Honcho x Red Zinger) and worth recalling, Red Zinger
is by Grove Whisper* x Cinnamon Girl).
Dewana Sienna is from a litter of three named, which
included Dewana El Galo and Dewana Savanna, with
their dam also producing winners from her two other
litters, whelped in July 2012 and May 2014, both by
On the track, Dewana Sienna raced 87 times for
ten wins and 33 placings, winning three times over 513
metres at Traralgon (30.01), where she also won over
658 metres (38.77) and also won over 520 metres at
Cranbourne (31.01), 520 metres at Geelong (30.09), 650
metres at Shepparton (37.77), 595 metres (34.69) and
715 metres (42.37) at Sandown and 650 metres at Sale
Fabregas litter KILMANY breeder, Jessica Baldwin, has a nice litter of
ten pups in the list this week, by National Sprint
Championship winner, now successful sire, Fabregas
(October 2010 Bombastic Shiraz x WickedWitch).
The five dogs and five bitches, are from the
beautifully bred bitch, Sharni Rose (October 2012 Dyna
Tron x Miss Someone), whose dam is by Brett Lee x
Casey’s Angel (Spiral Nikita* x Leprechaun Yap).
She is from a handy litter of ten named, which
included Black Superman, Creamy Soda, Miss Tron,
Sunshine Casey, Thunder Flame, Top End Bill, tron
Ghan and Tron’s Son.
Their dam also produced winners, from her three
other litters, by Collision, Taylors Sky* and Australian
Cup winner, Velocette.
On the track, Sharni Rose raced 28 times, for four
wins and four placings, winning twice over 440 metres
at Sale (25.30) and also over 400 metres at Warragul
(22.97) and 311 metres at Cranbourne (17.98).
And All* that GROVEDALE breeder, John Finn has a litter of nine
pups on the list by US stud success, KC And All*
(October 2006 Gable Dodge x KC Did It Best).
The four dogs and five bitches are from the
beautifully bred, outstanding staying bitch, Sweet It Is
(November 2011 Mogambo x Off Springer), whose dam
is by Flying Penske* x Skullring (Phantom Fire x Class
Sweet It Is is from her dam’s second Mogambo
litter, which included Athletica, Echelonic Action, Go
Mobo, Mechatronic and Smart Maxwell.
Her first Mogambo litter, whelped in April 2009,
produced Echelon, Fly Buys, Gambo Spring and
She also produced winners from both of her other
litters, whelped in April 2011 by Vee Man Vane, which
included outstanding stud prospect, Banjo Boy, then
June 2012 by Kilty Lad.
Continued page 8
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KC And All* x Sweet It Is litter
The official race record of Sweet It Is shows she raced
65 times, for 23 wins and 22 placings, with stake
earnings of $944,945
The record also shows she won the Group 1
National Distance Championship in 2014 and 2015,
Group 1 Association Cup, Group 1 Sandown Cup, 2014
and 2015, Group 3 Sydney Cup, Group 1 Bold Trease
and Group 2 Topgun Stayers.
It is a pity that her career ended under a cloud of
illegal, performance enhancing drug use, which saw her
disqualified from heat and final win in the Auckland
Cup in New Zealand, and the 2015 National Distance
Championship final, and brought into question a number
of her other wins.
She has one previous litter on file, four dogs and
two bitches, whelped in January 2016, by Turanza Bale.
Premier litter* YORKLEA breeder, Keith Anderson, has a litter of
seven pups on the list this week, by the now deceased,
International stud Success, Premier Fantasy* (April
2002 Premier County x Nifty Niamh).
The five dogs and two bitches are from the well
bred bitch, Kim Special (December 2009 Give Me Five
x Barry’s Special), whose dam is by Collision x Westy’s
Wish (West Cape x Princess Sharlee).
Kim Special is from a litter of six named, which
included Al’s Special, Belle Special, Special Annie,
Special Kath and Willie Special.
On the track she raced 37 times, for nine wins and
ten placings, winning nine races over 405 metres at
Mandurah, in WA (22.61).
She is a proven producer, from the seven named
in her first litter, whelped in November 2014, by
Cosmic Rumble and has since whelped a litter of two
dogs and three bitches, by Bekim Bale, born March
Eight for Hayley OUR final litter for review this week, has three dogs
and five bitches, registered by Mickleham breeder,
Jodie Wynd, by primo Uno (August 2000 Black Shiraz
x Prima Portrait), from the well bred bitch, Superior
Hayley (May 2011 Where’s Pedro x Giddigan), whose
dam is by Puzzle Prize x Chersam Honcho (Head
Honcho x Cartland).
Superior Hayley is from a handy litter which
included Coolan, Coolan Blue, Coolan Queen, Giddy’s
Star, Superior Ashlee and Wendy.
On the track she raced 36 times for five wins and
eleven placings, winning twice over 400 metres at
Warragul (23.25), where she also won over 460 metres
(26.53) and she also won over 425 metres at Bendigo
(24.34), and 450 metres at Ballarat (25.80).
She has two named offspring on file from her first
litter, Superior Bobby and Superior Swagger, whelped
October 2014 by Fabregas and both having won races.
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26 starts 12 wins 5 placings Stake earnings $64,107
There are no reviews of litters from NSW this week.
GRNSW had not released details of litters registered
or stud services at the time of completing this week’s
Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup Review Katherine Ernst for AGRA
PAUL Braddon will be aiming to win back-to-back
editions of the Group 2 Maitland Cup (450m) next
month when he makes the long drive from Cowra to the
Hunter Valley with his consistent speedster Falcon’s
Braddon won the showpiece last year with his
boom youngster Marbo’s Magic and will be contesting
the 2017 series with Falcon’s Fury following the black
dog’s sensational win in the Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup
(472m) at Bulli on Saturday night.
Beginning well from box two, the son of Fabregas and
Janderra’s Fury went stride for stride with Pedro
Cerrano in the early stages before gaining momentum in
the run around the turn, surging clear to score by three
lengths in a fast 26.12.
Group 2 Gosford Cup winner Barking Bad
($5.90) ran on well to finish second, with Pedro
Cerrano ($26.30) filling the trifecta back in third spot.
Despite the event being contested by some terrific
greyhounds such as Victorian Bear’s Gold and track
record holder El Magnifico, Braddon said he went into
the race optimistic that his charge could make an impact
and improve off his 26.28 heat win the week prior.
“We were hoping he would improve heading into
the final, because most of the other dogs had been there
quite a few times, but he was only having his third start
at the track on Saturday,” Braddon told Australian
“There wasn’t much between the lot of them
leading into the race, but I was happy with the two box
and I was just hoping he could jump because I knew he
would have to be in front.
“Luckily he did and the rest is history. We are all
very excited…it was a great thing to win the race so we
are all very happy.”
Falcon’s Fury ($3.80) took his career record to 14
wins and four minor placings with the slashing victory
with $91,940 in career earnings, a remarkable feat given
that he is not quite two-years-old.
“I think we will have a good 12 months ahead –
the plan is to now head to Maitland in a couple of
weeks’ time for the Cup up there.
“After that if he pulls up well we will probably
have a crack at the Golden Easter Egg – even though he
is young we may as well because it’s not very often you
get a dog like him and the chance to go in a race like the
Braddon, who owns and also bred Falcon’s Fury
with his wife Pam, said it was a superb feeling having
now trained two group winners, Falcon’s Fury and
Marbo’s Magic, since getting involved in the sport
more than 40 years ago.
“I have been in the dogs for a lot of years,
travelling around with some good bush dogs, but not a
lot of city class dogs," he said.
The Cyril Rowe Cup is a combination of two
Bulli feature events which have been conducted since
1996 as the Bulli Gold Plate at Group 3 level and the
Cyril Rowe Memorial Cup. Last year in 2015 the
GBOTA decided to make the event the Cyril Rowe Cup
and elevate the it to Group 2 status and prizemoney.
previous winners of the Bulli Gold Plate and Cyril
Rowe Memorial Cup have been, 1996 Ultimate Wish,
1997 Awesome Assassin, 1998 Tommie Streaker, 1999
Bob's One, 2000 Kirsty's Crown, 2001 “Not held” 2002
Casino Roller, 2003 Flash Peter, 2004 Spring Secret,
2005 Whisky Assassin, 2006 Winsome Force, 2007
Commandant, 2008 Bartrim Bale, 2009 Proven Diego,
2010 Goodsey, 2011 Greta Bale, 2012 Prince Diablo,
2013 Hoover Boy, 2014 Gradence, 2015 Kayda Shae
and 2016 Black Bear Lee.
For more information please contact:
AGRA Publicity Officer
Tel: 03 97691234 Mob: 0423 129 950
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Lightning Strikes again in the Australian
Cup Heats By GRV Website
Brilliant Victorian youngster Lightning Frank will take
aim at his third Group 1 triumph at The Meadows for
2017 after stealing the show in Saturday night’s heats of
the Group 1 Sky Racing Australian Cup (525m).
Winner of the Silver Chief in January, the Mathew
Wright trained speedster backed up from his dominant
all the-way victory in the invitation-only Temlee one
week earlier when producing another flawless front-
running exhibition in the sixth of eight star-studded Cup
Drawn in box eight, Lightning Frank ($2.60 fav)
clocked blistering sections of 4.94sec and 17.40sec as he
set The Meadows alight, posting 29.53sec, his sixth win
from his last seven starts with the defeat being a third in
the Group 1 National Derby. “He has surprised me again
tonight. It’s almost scary the splits he ran, especially the
second split, and to finish off the way he did was
incredible,” a delighted Mathew Wright said. “He truly
just keeps on surprising me, he is a once in a lifetime
“To win next week he has to mimic what he did in
his heat. There are some quality dogs in the Cup.
Eminent Reality’s heat win really impressed me.”
Wright wasn’t the only observer impressed by Eminent
Reality’s performance earlier in the night, with the
Western Australian import making light of Kel
Greenough’s fears about a lack of early pace when
finishing powerfully to win heat two in 29.60sec.
Eminent Reality, a son of former WA star Zelemar
Fever, winner of the Group 1 Temlee during the 2014
Australian Cup Carnival, took advantage of box one
when defeating another Western Australian Penny
Monelli, his eighth win from 12 starts. “He’s a young
dog who can really run the hands off the clock and he
showed tonight what a difference it can make when he
draws inside and gets a clear run,” Kel Greenough said.
“He is tardy early so he will need a lot of luck next
week, but he’s in there and that’s very exciting. “The
closest we’ve got to winning an Australian Cup was
when High Earner ran second five or six years ago.
“Group 1 races are so hard to win, but he’s in
there and I’m just hoping he does something.” Eminent
Reality denied leading WA trainer Dave Hobby a heat to
heat double after he won the opening run-off with
Monaro Monelli, which stormed home at his Meadows
debut, running 30.13sec. Jason Thompson’s prolific
Aston Bolero bounced back from a very rare poor
performance in the Temlee when carving across to the
lead from box seven en route to winning the third heat in
29.92sec, his 46th career victory.
Robert Britton’s decision to revert to sprinting
with Fanta Bale rather than stepping her up to 725m for
the Group 1 Super Stayers heats after her victory in the
middle-distance Rookie Rebel on the opening night of
the Cup Carnival paid off handsomely when she won
heat four in 29.98sec. Melbourne Cup finalist Matt Machine gave
owner/breeders Jamie and Brooke Ennis another huge
thrill when recovering from an average start to record a
courageous 29.84sec victory in heat five.
“I was rapt with his performance tonight. To beat
this field is a credit to him and Jamie,” Brooke said.
“This is his third Group 1 final which is amazing
because he is still a young dog, and we will be hoping
for third time lucky with him next week.
“It is so rewarding to watch a greyhound you bred,
reared and now train compete at group level and get
better with age.”
Darren Pattinson’s powerhouse chaser Blazin’
Bomber, runner-up to Fanta Bale in the Rookie Rebel
seven nights earlier, qualified for another feature final
when utilising the rails alley to claim a strong-finishing
29.74sec victory in the
Aeroplane Bob gave
Jason Thompson a
following the earlier
victory of Aston
Bolero, when finishing
strongly along the
inside to take out the
final heat in 30.04sec.
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Australian Cup Preview
Lightning Frank with trainer Matthew Wright
Australian Cup: a chronology
The chase for the sport’s “Cup of Dreams” commenced
in 1958 (with the exception of 1963 when the Cup was
not held due to the MGRA relocating from the old North
Melbourne track to Olympic Park).
From 1964 to 1995, the Australian Cup was
synonymous with Olympic Park. But for two years
(1996-97), the Cup was staged at Sandown Park due to
the closure of Olympic Park because of the City Link
freeway project and the MGRA’s subsequent search for
a new home.
However, regardless of venue, the Australian Cup
has always been the Australian Cup.
It is a race for champions… and only champions win it!
Obviously the 59th Cup winner will join a compendium
of greats – legends of the loam!
The MGRA’s blue ribbon sprint has been won by
such exalted names as Rookie Rebel (1958), Worthing
(1965), Benjamin John (1969), Ungwilla Lad (1975),
Tangaloa (1980), Eaglehawk Star (1985), Ginger
(1989), China Trip (1992 & 1993), Mancunian Girl
(1994), Tenthill Doll (1996), Brett Lee (2001), Bogie
Leigh (2004), Pure Octane (2005), Velocette (2009) and
2011 Dyna Lachlan who are all indelibly inscribed on
the Australian Cup honour roll.
Over 58 years, the Australian Cup has experienced
a stakes spiral.
For instance, when Rookie Rebel (1/4F) took out
the inaugural 1958 event – from the back mark of eight
yards at North Melbourne (675yds) – his owner-trainer,
Wally Hooper, landed an 800-pound ($1600) purse.
Other significant first prize money increases
occurred in 1970 when The Smoother (7/4F) snared
$10,000 for N. Kay; 1974 when Kim’s Monaro (5/2)
landed $20,000 for Bob Doak; 1979 when Boundless
(6/1) took home $30,000 for the Lew-Fatt family; 1983
when Drop Of Wine (1/1F) grabbed $50,000 for John
Hellingman; 1991 when Franklin Deano (11/4) won
$65,000 for Ned Bryant; and 1996 when Tenthill Doll
(1/2F) secured $100,000 for Harry Sarkis.
However, the Cup winner’s purse decreased in
1994 ($50,000) and 1995 ($55,000)
But in 2006, South Australian sprint siren Miss
Spicy ($28.80) – owned in Queensland by Sarah Pringle
– took home $125,000 for Troy Murray.
Then in 2009 Velocette ($8.20) took home
$150,000 for owner Ron McCullagh and trainer Graeme
Bate and then in 2010 we again saw the first prize rise to
$175,000 when won by Dyna Lachlan, only to sky
rocket in 2013 to the equal second highest prizemoney
event with the Easter Egg a whopping $250,000 when
won by another Dailly trainer star Spud Regis.
In 2015 the Cup provided a fairy tale win for
popular Gippsland couple Gerry and Rose Kleeven, it
had taken them 40 years to breed and race a Group 1
winner but Luca Neveelk held off all the fast finishers to
win the Cup in 29.96 leading all the way from box four.
A large number of family supporters were on hand
to cheer home the winner. In fact, so loud were the post-
race cheers that MC Rob Testa remarked, “This is
undoubtedly one of the most popular winners in
Australian Cup history.”
Last year Dyna Double One became just the third
greyhound in world history to clock $1M in prize money
by taking out $355,000 Group 1 Australian Cup, in what
was his last race start it was a fitting end to a very
decorated career, including the big race double after
winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Statistically, from the 58 Cups held, favourites
have saluted on 24 occasions.
The shortest-priced winner is obviously Rookie
Rebel (1/4F) and the longest-priced winner is Tangaloa
(33/1) – trained by Joe Hili – who won in 1980.
Tangaloa was also runner-up in 1979.
In the battle of the sexes, the dogs lead the bitches
42 to 16. And the winning box draws are (Box 1) 17;
(Box 2) 9; (Box 3) 8; (Box 4) 3; (Box 5) 6; (Box 6) 4;
(Box 7) 5; (Box 8) 7. NB. There was a dead-heat in
2003 – Blackjack Tom and Most Awesome.
There has been only one dual winner – China Trip
Rookie Rebel (December 1954 Dream’s Image x Lady Janellen).
Winner of the first Australian Cup, run in 1958.
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The Australian Cup History 1958 – 2016 (Compiled by Roger Clark) Year Winner Whelped/Breeding Time Owner Trainer
North Melbourne 675 yards
1958 Rookie Rebel Dec ’54 Dream’s Image x Lady Janellen 36.30 W. Hooper W. Hooper
1959 Rocky Ros Mar ’56 Dream’s Image x Rockleen 36.72 Y. Fortingto J. Trotman
1960 Meadow Vale Jan ’57 Rocket Jet x Good Miss 36.48 R. Bounds P. Reid
1961 Copeland Nov ’58 Byamee x Blue Cope 36.66 M. Johnston S. Barrett
1962 Take A Bow Jul ’60 Dasher’s Bow x Dinah Jet 36.42 P. Thompson P. Thompson
1963 No Event Held
Olympic Park 560 yards
1964 Old Tops Mar ’61 Top Linen x Half A Nip 30.90 F. McSweeney F. McSweeney
1965 Worthing May ’63 Chief Zephyr x Mee Do 29.90 A. Davey A. Davey
1966 Billy Vee May ’63 Chief Zephyr x Baby Bow 30.36 W. Vallence M. Tomlin
1967 Fawn Nulla Jan ’64 Shan’s View x Bylane 30.12 L. Price L. Price
1968 Swanston Lass Apr ’66 Black Top x Rojean 30.24 M & E Turner E. Turner
1969 Benjamin John Nov ’66 Take A Bow x Rebel Wayne 30.30 C.Humphrey/H.O’Leary S. Cleverley
1970 The Smoother Jan ’68 Bandar Prince x Smooth Rapid 30.36 N. Kay N. Kay
1971 Black Diro Jan ’60 Venetion Court x Lena Black 30.36 T. Bleazby T. Bleazby
1972 Blackamoor Lad Jun ’69 Black Top x La Brigette 30.60 C. Pavil C. Pavli
Olympic Park 511 metres
1973 Half Your Luck Dec ’70 Worthing x Mini Note 30.32 E. Redpath E. Redpath
1974 Kim’s Monaro Feb ’72 The Smoother x Monaro Flash 30.34 R. Doak R. Doak
1975 Ungwilla Lad Apr ’73 Benjamin John x Sweet Deebana 30.75 K. Smith J. Coleman
1976 Odious Oct ’73 Proper Prince x Oddnik 30.69 W.Malouf/T.Page J. Coleman
1977 Listowel Sue Apr ’74 Tivoli Scout x Cindy Lake 30.41 A. Fairlie W. Fairlie
1978 Count D’Argent Nov ’74 Miller’s Moss x Princess Kerry 30.19 C. Johnston R. Johnston
1979 Boundless Sep ’76 Dunmain Scholar* x Tasmin Cassandra 30.51 K. Lew-Fatt K. Lew-Fatt
1980 Tangaloa May ’76 Temlee x Pengala 30.12 A.Read/F.Appleby J. Hili
1981 Pete’s Advice Jun ’78 Leaders Champion* x Wynleeshar 30.30 W.McDonald/H.Beer R. McDonald
1982 Royal Rumpus Jul ’78 Waverly Supreme* x Strand Miss 30.08 D. Scanlon J. Thomas
1983 Drop Of Wine Oct’80 Temlee x Leeander Mist 30.23 J. Hellingman J. Hellingman
1984 Tangairn Jan’81 Tangaloa x Del Bairn Babe 30.22 D. Fitzgerald D. Fitzgerald
1985 Eaglehawk Star Feb’82 Tangaloa x Country Coast 29.93 J. Gilchrist J. Gilchrist
1986 Bright Judge May’84 Ballarat Prince* x Tell The Truth 30.37 D.Burnip/G.Rime C. Costa
1987 Regal Post May’84 Royal Rumpus x Etta Post 29.91 A. Salter W. Salter
1988 Golden Blessing Jun’85 Tempix x Like A Blessing 29.59 K. Rounds R. Rounds
1989 Ginger Aug’86 Eaglehawk Star x Rinaldi Lass 29.70 S. Condo S. Condo
1990 Spread Eagled Sep’87 Roy Trease x Strand Etzel 29.88 P. Campbell J. Pearl
1991 Franklin Deano Dec’86 Chariot Supreme x Franklin Gold 29.74 M. Shimmin G. Bryant
1992 China Trip Oct’89 Brother Fox x La Paz 29.96 G. Ball G. Ball
1993 China Trip Oct’89 Brother Fox x La Paz 29.71 H. Gorman G. Ball
1994 Mancunian Girl Apr ’91 Malawi x Raheen Star 29.58 P. Wardle P. Wardle
1995 Bonjase Mar‘92 Benjason x Bonnie Trease 30.02 D. Moodie D. Moodie
Sandown Park 515 metres
1996 Tenthill Doll Mar’93 Malawi’s Prince x Tenthill Flyer 30.51 R. Richards H. Sarkis
1997 Smooth Rumble Sep’94 Ginger x Follow Through 30.00 S. Kavanagh S. Kavanagh
1998 Fibba Jan’96 Head Honcho x Maudie 30.39 R. Richards S. Ralph
The Meadows 518 metres
1999 Mandatario Apr’96 Head Honcho x Mutombo Miss 30.23 G. Jolly G. Jolly
2000 Arvo’s Express Feb’97 Billy Binjang x Bon Jamie 29.92 T. Womann T. Womann
2001 Brett Lee Jan’99 Gun Law Osti x Sobbing Sal 29.49 Brett Lee Syn D. McDonald
Continued Page 16
Australian Cup History
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Australian Cup History
Australian Cup History continued
The Meadows 525 metres
2002 Isa Brown Jul’99 Fortified Speed* x Goddess Of Fire 30.30 G. Collins R. Britton
2003 Blackjack Tom & Feb’01Tom’s Legacy x Golly Gosh 30.16 W. Heras G. Bate
Most Awesome DH Jul’00 Awesome Assassin x Most Welcome 30.16 W. Laws M. Burdekin
2004 Bogie Leigh Apr’01 Just The Best x Hypo Havoc 29.92 L. Bein T. Brett
2005 Pure Octane Jan’03 Token Prince x Elusive Rebel 29.70 Dare To Dream Syn
2006 Miss Spicy Apr’03 Just The Best x Miss Angelique 30.11 S. Pringle T. Murray
2007 Pete’s Conquest Jan’05 Big Daddy Cool x Glossy 29.77 K.Kola Racing Syn
2008 Tasman Queen Apr’05 Where’s Pedro x Juney Reltub 29.97 W & J Butler R. Britton
2009 Velocette Aug’06 Bombastic Shiraz x Texan Lady 29.77 R. McCullagh G. Bate
2010 Dyna Lachlan Jul ’07 Go Wild Teddy x Benden Flex 29.84 B. Wheeler A. Dailly
2011 St. Pierre Dec’07 Surf Lorian x Paris St Germain 29.90 C. Nutt D. Cannan
2012 Zara Zulu Sep’09 Mogambo x Zepha Zulu 30.14 G. Collins R. Hume
2013 Spud Regis Dec’10 Bombastic Shiraz x Phiona 29.63 Treloar Syn A. Dailly
2014 Buckle Up Wes Jun’11 Collision x Everlong Bale 29.74 Johnson-Sutton Syn
2015 Luca Neveelk May’12 Talk’s Cheap x It’s A Neveelk 29.97 P. Kleevan G. Kleevan
2016 Dyna Double One Mar’13 Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale 29.75 B. Wheeler A. Dailly
Australian Cup 2017
One of the most even fields assembled for a long
time, with almost every runner being considered to
have a good chance of winning.
As with most Group 1 finals the result will
probably be determined by the first 50 metres.
Breeding based selections FOLLOWING on from last week where we did well
with eight of the eleven winners in out three
The three selections for each race are in box
draw order, and selected primarily on the
greyhound’s breeding, then box draw, then current
form, in that order.
Race 1 2 Zipping Lady, 3 Benteke, 4 Mysterize.
Race 2 2 Telarah Flash, 3 Penny Monelli and
7 Nangar Flash.
Race 3 1 Angel Dash, 2 Breughelino, 5 Trixta Rox.
Race 4 2 Jaimandy Hatty, 3 Bamba Lam Barney
and 4 OK Jake.
Race 5 1 Invictus Road, 4 Mumma Josie,
and 5 Shimatron.
Race 6 2 It’s A Fling, 3 Trip To Eden
And 6 Burn One Down.
Race 7 1 Buck Forty, 3 Eily West, 3 Rockstar Max.
Race 8 1 Eminent Reality, 3 Lightning Frank
and 7 Aston Bolero.
Race 9 3 Greysynd Emma, 7 Resident DJay
and 8 Carry On Quinney.
Race 10 2 Dyna Irminus, 3 Mepunga Rosie
and 4 Alpha Demeter.
Race 11 2 Zipping Lexi, 3 Reckoning
and 4 Lowanna’s Son.
Good luck to the connections of all of the runners in
the Australian Cup final, it is a thrill just to be there
and let’s hope for a cleanly run race where the best
Australia’s best distance greyhound Burn One Down
continued his love affair with The Meadows on Saturday
night when producing a breathtaking last-to-first
performance in his heat of the Group 1 Australian Super
Returning to the scene of his runaway victory in
the invitation Group 1 Zoom Top one week earlier, Jason
Thompson’s wonderfully gifted stayer dominated betting
on the second of three Super Stayers heats despite an
awkward draw in five, starting at $1.50.
Burn One Down was last out of the boxes and was
still second last with a lap to go as Western Australian
visitor Teddy Monelli opened up a commanding lead.
Burn One Down improved into third in the back
straight but was still spotting Teddy Monelli the best part
of ten lengths before unleashing a withering finishing
burst to score by two and a quarter lengths in 42.35sec.
“His run was enormous. Heading into the catching
pen the first time around I didn’t think he could do better
than a placing,” Jason Thompson said.
Listed below are the past winners of the Gleeson &
Tonta Trophy as this Group 1 final has been known for
First run at Olympic Park in 1978 the staying
feature had stood the test time. However with the sale of
the business in 2011 the race sponsorship changed over
the next few years.
1978 King's Domain 1979 Misty Fabric
1980 Sue's Repeat 1981 Parachute Luck,
1982 Mira Donna 1983 Dark Harlequin,
1984 Tesoro Mio 1985 Planosec
1986 Bay Supreme 1987 Mystic Hope
1988 Magic Lightning 1989 High Flight
1990 Pebbles' Beach 1991 Modern Express,
1992 Saltwater Sid 1993 Gold Roulette
1994 "Not Held" 1995 Just Barby
1996 City Blitz 1997 Nowhere To Go
1998 Ringside Fire 1999 Moe's Tavern
2000 Sunblest Kid 2001 Proven Dreams
2002 Boomeroo 2003 Oh Behave
2004 Skipper Rip 2005 Malfoy
2006 Quidame 2007 Flashing Floods
2008 Just Friends 2009 Lilley Criminal
2010 Drill ‘Em 2011 Bobby Boucheau
2012 Thrilling Brat 2013 Destini Fireball
2014 Destini Fireball 2015 Luna Jinx
2016 Star Recall.
For more information please contact:
AGRA Publicity Officer
Mob: 0423 129 950
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Burn One Down
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offspring over the past 40 years, with the 1988 Victorian Metropolitan Sires List.
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their breeding and recent
(Bindle bitch, April 2015 Spring Gun x Molly Tee)
Trained at Kilmany by Steven Spoljaric.
Raced six times now for a win and three placings
and is improving with experience.
Won from box seven over 460 metres at Waragul
on February 14 (26.07 B 26.00) then stepped up in class
and distance to 515 metres at Sandown (SAP) on
Started from box two and finished second, beaten
1.13 lengths by Crackerjack Kack (29.73).
Promising type worth following in coming starts,
(Fawn bitch, June 2014 Barcia Bale x Surfonic)
Trained at Darriman by William McMahon for Sandra
Seven starts now for a win and two placings and
Finished second off box seven over 350 metres at
Healesville on January 29 before three unplaced runs,
Healesville, Warragul 460 metres and Traralgon 525
Showed the benefit of that Traralgon 525 metres
run when Third from box two over 515 metres at
Sandown (SAP) on February 26, beaten 2.66 lengths in
the race won by Crackerjack Doug (29.68).
Hard to win one when they run that sort of time at
a Sandown Sunday meeting.
(Black dog, December 2013 Fabregas x Budgie Lass).
Trained at Drouin West by Christopher Watson.
Turned three in December but has only raced
seven times for two wins and a placing.
Won over 440 metres at Sale (25.28) in January
2016, then 515 metres at Sandown (SAP) in March
Did not race again until February 26 when he
finished third from box seven, over 515 metres at
Sandown (SAP), beaten 6.14 lengths in the race won by
Calendar Boy (29.78). Not far off another win.
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“Maddog” down under.
A Night at Hobart Greyhound Racing Club
Tasmania, Australia By Maddog McDermutt From the American National Greyhound Association Review,
Little Elsie and I boarded a
Delta flight in Great Falls,
Montana, and flew to Salt
Lake City, Utah, where we
boarded another Delta flight to
Los Angeles, California,
where we sat for five hours
waiting for an 8,000 mile
Qantas flight across the big pond (The Pacific Ocean) to
Melbourne, Australia, sat for another two hours in that
airport, then flew Virgin Blue across Bass Straits to
Hobart, Australia's southernmost capital city on the
island of Tasmania.
As we tottered off our plane at our final
destination, Hobart, I noticed, on the airport tarmac,
four dog crates on an airport baggage mover.
Greyhounds! What a coincidence!
We moved along with the other passengers into
the terminal building, and as Little Elsie and I waited
for our baggage, I said, “You’re in charge. Be right
back, I have to check out those dogs.”
I proceeded down the sidewalk, outside, to what
looked like the baggage department, and there were the
four crates, by golly, and there was an owner leashing
up a Greyhound. I introduced myself and met Loretta
I thought she probably owned all four dogs, but
no, another Greyhound went off with somebody else,
and then yet another, and I hurried over to catch the last
one, peeking into the crate, and about lost my face.
The noise that came from within reminded me of
the opening of the movie Jurassic Park. I thought the
dog was a little long in hair, and so I came around front,
and saw that it was a German Shepard, or some such
thing, and I had the feeling he was blaming me for all
I nodded pleasantly at the owner who was about
to warn me not to stick a finger in there, and said
goodbye to Loretta, maybe we’d catch up the following
night at the track, and found Little Elsie, and our
baggage, waiting for me, and we caught a shuffle to our
hotel in downtown Hobart.
The entire island of Tasmania, about 190 miles at
its widest width, east to west, and some 180 miles north
to south, about 150 miles south of the mainland across
Bass Straits, boasts a population of some half a million
people. Half of that half a million lives in Hobart.
About a third of the island is preserve, much like
our wilderness areas.
Hobart, the capital city, is the home of the Hobart
Greyhound Racing Club which races
every Thursday night at Tattersalls
Park, the new tri-code complex in
Glenorchy with racing over three
distances, generally: 340m, 461m and
Little Elsie and I stored our
bags in the hotel room, marched out
the front doors to discover Hobart,
the city, the harbor, the mountain
backdrop, the old buildings, parks, with a nice dinner
along the waterfront at a restaurant called The Ball and
In Montana it was early winter, snow flurries, sub
-freezing temps. In Tasmania it was spring and
everything was busy blooming. What an amazing planet
this is. What unbelievable diversity.
Here we were on the other side of the equator
where when you flush, the water swirls in the opposite
direction, having crossed the International Date Line,
lost an entire day. We left on a Monday, lost Tuesday
entirely. Today was Wednesday.
That night Little Elsie was hit with a very bad
case of the stomach flu, but brave little trouper, the next
day we Dixieland one-stepped several kilometers to the
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Little Elsie, if you
didn‘t know, is a flower nut.
She has hosted many a Great Falls garden tour,
including our own garden.
We visited some 6500 species and varieties of
plants, including the largest public conifer collection in
the southern hemisphere, where we paid our respects to
a four foot Montana Ponderosa. Jones would have a
field day in this place. There was a Japanese water
garden to keep him going.
I had thought about calling a cab, but no, Little
Elsie said the walk would do us good. I thought it might
just kill us. I figured the entire hike, including the stop-
and-start at flower smelling paces, was in the
neighborhood of about 8 K. On the way back to the
hotel I myself did not feel 100%.
At 5:30, the General Manager of all three
Tasmanian Greyhound tracks, Hobart, Launceston, and
Devonport, Peter Hayes, picked us up at our downtown
Hotel and gave us a lift to the Hobart Greyhound
Racing Club, with a generous promise of drinks and
dinner on the house and a table from which to view the
evening’s races and maybe conduct an interview or two,
as this was where all the trainers congregated before
and during the races.
I learned that Peter’s wife Angel was the track’s
race photographer, and that they had adopted a retired
racer by the racing name of Lone Cypress, new name
Bronte, and that the dog was a genuine couch potato
and friend for life. Continued page 22
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“Maddog” down under continued
We met Office Manager Peter Wesley, then we went
upstairs to the clubhouse and were introduced to
Bernadette who graciously offered me a glass of wine
and I said, stupid beyond stupid, the last of my
immunities giving in to Little Elsie‘s stomach flu’s
moment-by-bloody (picking up on a native’s usage at
the airport) moments, “I’d bloody love one.” Mistake.
I am 69 years old, I hadn’t slept in two days, I had
moved from 3600 feet altitude to sea level, dry air to
humid air, exhaustion, jet lag, and the hammer of
Hercules, who knows, the flu bug, and that, in the
altogether put together, two gulps and my eyes crossed,
my brow furrowed, my temperature went up, I broke
out into chills and a sweat, and I don’t know about dog
racing, but the room and everything else was going
I was not on the top of my game.
Sometimes vacations don‘t come as advertised.
“I have the bug,” I confided to Little Elsie.
“Welcome to the club,” she said.
We staggered to our feet, skipped along for the
toilets. In Tasmania they are called toilets, not
restrooms. When you think about it, who goes to a
restroom … to rest?
Upon our return, as we sat down at our table, the
trainers had appeared, as if by magic, and had gathered
at little tall round tables with no chairs.
They gave us chary sideways glances. They all
wore cream-colored jackets, as the trainers were also
the race lead-outs and pick-ups, or their assistants were,
and you have to look nice for what we call simulcast.
Simulcast is huge in Australia, but more on that
later. The trainers came to stand behind tables that had
no chairs or stools and nervously looked us over,
glancing at racing programs, glancing at each other,
glancing at us at our table, counting plaster bumps on
the ceiling, polishing up their glasses, checking their
And there was a bunch of them, not like the fourteen or
fifteen trainers at any given track here. In Tasmania one
individual might show up with just one dog to race,
others with two or three, a very few with not very many
This track was brand new.
Hobart Greyhounds race over four distances: 340
meters, 461 meters, 600 meters, and 720 meters, with a
hurdle race occasionally appearing on a program.
By our standards, in yards, 340 meters is about 44
yards longer than our 3-16ths of a mile. 461 meters is
43 yards short of our 5-16ths of a mile. And 600 meters
is exactly our 3-8ths of a mile so in comparing dogs and
dogs’ times, the 3-8ths times are probably the best way
If you graduated from MIT or CAL TECH, you
might be able to compare apples and oranges with some
sort of mathematical satisfaction.
One further observation, there is no wicked first
turn on this track, like American tracks seem to insist
The track looked something like a big egg; it
could be argued there was no back stretch or home
stretch, depending. Throughout the evening’s
performance I did notice there was little jockeying for
position as the race proceeded, as our dogs often
performed, and that’s because of our wicked first turn
featuring relentless wrecks.
I therefore would have to say that Tasmanian dogs
ran more to form.
The first race was a 461 meters race; the dogs
were so far away I had trouble telling them apart, and
the racing blankets were not the same as ours.
Post US’s Australia’s
#1: red red
#2: blue white and black
#3: white white
#4: green blue
#5: black yellow
#6: yellow green
#7: white/green black
#8: black/ gold pink
#9: white and green
#10:red, white and blue
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“Little Elsie” a.k.a Suzie McKinnon soaks up the
atmosphere at Hobart Greyhounds.
“Maddog” down under continued “Ten dogs are entered in each race; eight go to post.
Dogs 9 and 10 are potential subs in case of scratches so
to further confuse the novice punter, such as me, it’s
possible the red, white and blue blanket could break
from any box 1 through 8.
“How do you watch a race that far away?” I asked
“On this monitor,” Little Elsie said, tapping the
TV screen at the table. “Thank you,” I said.
Hobart, by the way, is home to Tassie’s Group
One (our stakes race class) Hobart Thousand, first run
in 1939 and run this year on December 14 and 21. The
Hobart Thousand is worth $50,000 Australian dollars to
The new track has a sand surface and a Bramich
Tote Tasmania (what we would call simulcast)
contributed $17,450 towards the evening’s program. I
added up the ten race purses to get the following
Race dist Type Our Purse Equivalent
1. 461 Juvenile $1,670.00
2. 340 Juvenile $1,670.00
3. 461 Grade 5E $1,670.00
4. 461 Grade 4D $1,740.00
5 .461 Grade 3C $1,800.00
6. 461 Grade 3C $1,800.00
7. 461I nvitation $2,020.00
8. 461 Grade 5E $1,670.00
9. 461 Grade 4D $1,740.00
10.461 Grade 5E $1,670.00
In the first race, for example, the purse is $1,670.00.
First place is $1,120, second place is $320, third place is
$160, fourth place is $30.00, with $10.00 to finishers 5-
That’s the Australian dollar which was close to
1.3 on the exchange in our favor, or, rather than
$1.670.00 Australian, that’d be $1,169 American, which
cuts it down, but consider we’re talking three tracks
here. Hobart races Thursdays, Launceston races
Mondays, and Devonport races Tuesdays.
It’s possible a dog could get two starts a week.
Consider this, a Grade 5 dog at Hobart may not be a
Grade 5 dog at Launceston!
It’s possible to win a grade race at Launceston, at
Hobart, at Devonport! Which, it seems to me, if you
have a really good pup, and you’re a little on the clever
side, you can make a killing in dog racing in Tasmania
climbing the ranks to the top grade.
I could be wrong. In America a pup can go
Maiden to Grade A with four wins and go up against the
pros too early for his own good.
In Tasmania is it possible a pup could win
ballpark 20 races before a test with the best? Or, putting
it another way, AT LEAST $22,400 Australian dollars?
Furthermore, take this a step further. The grade
and the distance go together. You could have a dog in
Grade 5 at the sprint distance and Grade 4 at the
marathon distance. Four standard distances, five if you
count hurdles, three tracks, get out your calculator.
Blows the mind.
Presumptuous, faulty math perhaps, but
interesting. Bloody fascinating, actually.
Too bad I’m so old. I would love to take a run at
that with my Jawa Leona’s Best straw.
“Are you interested in our complimentary dinner
at the Dishlickers' Restaurant?” Little Elsie asked.
“I hate to pass it up,” I said.“I know what you
mean,” she said, and we were both up, the Dixieland
One Step over to Dishlickers’.
This Hobart track was a brand new track, it had
only one week under its belt, and the present track
records were as follow:
340m Smoky’s Uno (02/11/06) 19.73
461m Montagu Darkie (02/11/06) 26.53
Eventually, one trainer got up enough courage to
drop by our table and introduce himself. We shook
hands, how the heck are you, and such, then he asked,
“Do you know Steven Steele?”
“Ah yes, Steven Steele. Well, sort of,” I said. “We
email and have talked on the phone. He’s in the US, in
Florida. He’s the track announcer at Ebro. Steve is the
first Aussie to call dog races in the U.S. He calls the
dogs by name, you know. He was voted All-Universe
Team Race Caller in 1990.
He has broadcast in six different countries and at
57 racetracks around the World. He has broadcast over
85,000 races. He announced at Wembly Stadium on
London in 1995 and called the St. Leger and Super
Track at Wembley.
He broadcast at Wimbledon, the home of the
English Derby and Catford in London. He has twice
broadcast the Irish Derby for Greyhound Channel and
He’s from Tasmania, you know.” “I know he’s from
Tasmania. That’s why I asked if you know him.”
“I see. I’ll tell him we met. Are you acquaintances?”
“I never met him.”
“I see. Well, I’ll tell him anyway. Thanks for dropping
Our next guest was a walking Tasmanian dog racing
encyclopedia. No question this was Hobart’s guru of
dog racing trivia. The man knew it all, the dogs, the
people, the track, the history, the system, been there,
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“Maddog” down under continued
I watched this character bet a race on the logic that the
trainer was “shrewd.”
The man went on for at least four races non-stop,
and I found it all fascinating. What I could understand.
I depended on Little Elsie to translate from time
to time. The Australians seemed to have trouble with
their R’s. If the word ends with an R or the R sound,
If the word does not end with an R or R sound,
well by all means tack one on. The vowels were the
killers, though. I suspect way back, the language was
thick Cockney, which evolved with creative additions
into the present Australian, different than American,
England’s English, and New Zealand’s approach, which
I thought was more English than the English.
But then we have Joisey, Bawstawn, Nah Yark,
and don’t forget the deep south where all verbs are
conjugated y’allcaiyn’t, 1st, 2nd, 3rd person, singular
and plural, positive or negative, makes no difference. I
caiyn’t, you caiyn’t, he, she, it caiyn’t, we caiyn’t, you
caiyn’t, and they caiyn’t. If the thought calls for a
positive, make it a double negative.
Any mathematician knows two negatives make a
positive. “I don’t see why y’allcaiyn’t.” Translated
Americans have no room to talk, so to speak.
Finally, a few more trainers worked up enough courage
to come over and say hello, and we met quite a few
eventually, and my worst fears were confirmed, that
there was going to be a very deep communication gap
because of my hearing aids and Ozzie English. It’s like
driving. Who is on the wrong side of the road?
In my defense, the simulcast broadcasts ran
nonstop at full volume. After the Hobart race was rerun
several times, boom, here comes a harness race, or
another dog race at another track, or maybe a plain old
One right after the other. In our simulcast
broadcasts, the tracks are on separate TV sets. For this
old boy, and his hearing aids, the volume and race mass
was way over the top.
So let’s take a look at the Australian grading
system. If anybody reads my twaddle, you know I am
not a fan, particularly, of our present grading system.
It’s boring. I would not accuse the Australian system of
There are three TYPES of tracks in Australia.
1. City 2. Provincial 3. County
Any one dog is liable to show up at any particular
track on any given occasion.
One huge obvious difference in American vs.
Australian dog racing is that our American tracks as a
rule run day in and day out, in legislated seasons,
sometimes these seasons going January 1st to January
1st, with contract kennels on the track property, ballpark
1,000 dogs on hand at all times in track kennels, and
they don’t leave the grounds.
In America I cannot race Ol’ Fido without fooling with
a contract kennel.
In Australia, if I could get Ol’ Fido off the foot of
the bed, I could take him to the races myself. I enter
him. I race him. Little Elsie can pick him up at the traps.
We drive home all together, and he’s back on the
foot of the bed. However, there are big kennels in
Australia, as big as ours. I could contract out with a
But I also have the option of participating in the
sport on my own. I like that option. No entry fees and I
get 100% of the purse.
Australian tracks apparently run all year long, but most
of the tracks race only one program a week. A few of
the big city tracks run more.
For example, The Meadows in Melbourne runs
Saturdays and every Wednesday. The emphasis is
simulcast. Big time simulcast. The purses in Australia,
to the dogs, across the board, are nothing to sneeze at.
For instance, a Grade 5 (our Grade E) win at The
Meadows is worth three grand.
So here are the grades.
For Greyhounds that have won a Maiden and
Greyhounds returning from Grade 4. Looks a lot like
our E, except the dogs get to 5 or E differently.
For Greyhounds that have won a Grade 5 and
Greyhounds returning from Grade 3. Looks a lot like
For Greyhounds that have won a Grade 4 and
Greyhounds returning from Grade 2. Looks a lot like
For Greyhounds that have won a Grade 3 and
Greyhounds returning from Grade 1. Looks a lot like
For Greyhounds that have won a Grade 2. Looks a lot
like our A.
For Greyhounds that are Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
OPEN & FREE FOR ALL
For Greyhounds that are Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
Maiden and Juvenile are different.
MAIDEN: a Greyhound that has not won a race.
JUVENILE: a Greyhound under two years of age.
Next Week: Part 2 - A Tasmanian Kennel Visit
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Special Feature Coursing In Ireland
My first contact with greyhounds was at the age of 13 in
1961. A neighbor gave me a hurdler that has been savaged
in a kennel fight. She had skin off everywhere and a
dislocated tail. It was the best present a teenage boy could
When my father took me to the Waterloo Cup open
coursing I had my first taste of this wonderful sport. The
competition, expectation, atmosphere and adrenalin was
seductive. I was hooked for life.
In the eighties in South Australia, in a trade off for a
license to legalise track racing, live hare coursing was the
political sacrifice. It was banned.
Ever since I have longed for those days, walking the
paddocks in the wind and rain.
But, live hare coursing is still legal in Ireland. The do-
gooders tried to have it banned in Parliament last year. They
failed 114 to 20, so at the age of 68, I decided to see
coursing again before I died.
The National meeting at Clonmel is held at the
racecourse in late January each year. They have six feature
events run over three consecutive days—the Derby, Oaks,
Open All Age, Champion bitches and a consolation each for
first round losers in the Derby and Oaks.
Coursing in Ireland is a family sport. Often Dad takes
the dog to slips while Mum and the kids are waiting to catch
the dog at the escapes.
It’s most gratifying to see a fleet footed teenager running to
catch the dog with a toddler in trail, trying to take part
despite his or her lack of size.
It’s something we’ve lost in track racing due to strict
rules and regulations.
I went in 2016 for the first time and fortunately joined
up with Queenslader, Graham Lunney’s specialist Tour. On
board were Paul and Jan Wheeler, Tom and Andrea Dailly,
Tony Apap, New Zealander Brendan Cole, Sam Sultana,
John Galea, Adam McIntosh and others.
I went back this year, as did Rob Britton, George
Dailly, Paul Horig and Steve McKenna, just to name a few.
The running course is about 400 metres, with a steep
rise from about half way. The running area is in the centre of
the racecourse with hedges on one side and a temporary
fence on the grandstand side. Both grandstands are used by
spectators as they are choc-a-bloc with coursing devotees.
Others line the outside fence ten deep. There are
about 30 bookmakers, Most bet on the final result, although
some offer odds on each course. In true bookmaker
tradition, these generally only want to offer even money on
the one least favoured to win. They are the same worldwide.
The hares are trapped
in surrounding fields
and brought to Clonmel
a month before where
they are fed a top diet
under the care of a vet.
Each day they are run
through the course and
fed in the escape area.
The dogs are Muzzled.
One of the first
things you notice about
the coursing dogs is
their size. It is not
unusual to see a dog at 45 kilograms, or a bitch weighing
35kg. They obviously have great straight speed but lack the
agility when the hare turns.
All courses are electronically times for the first 200
metres and this is announced after each course.
The favourites for the Derby were litter brothers,
Reiker’s Island and Blades Of Fire. Their breeding was
Adios Alonso (Ireland’s top coursing sire) from the
champion Blades Of Glory. Their trainer Gerry Holian is a
coursing specialist. Both dogs had terrific speed. They
chased like demons and left their rivals in their wake.
The major complication came in the semi finals.
Reiker’s Island dispatched his opponent with a first split of
12.39. Blades Of Fire had a bye when his rival was injured.
Blades Of Fire was the kennel elect. The big money was on
him at 10/1. All appeared well when he recorded 12.26, but
it was soon obvious that he had run his race. He was limping
from the field at the wrong end of the lead.
My experience watching coursing in Australia told
me he was cooked.
Minutes later it was announced that connections of
the two brothers had elected to divide the Derby as was their
right. All bets were halved but connections picked up a total
of 52,000 euros.
The best dog never won the Oaks either. A bitch
named Dick’s Bimbo effortlessly won her first two courses
and her times were way faster than the rest of the 64 dog
But Dick’s Bimbo, who had amazing stride, brought
herself undone when she mis-sighted in the quarter final
when way out in front.
The eventual winner was Knockout Glory, also by
Adios Alonso, who was gifted her victory over Dick’s
The open event was won by the fastest dog over the
entire three days, called Howdododo. He impressed me as a
tough competitor who loved the uphill run, though it must
be pointed out that he only won the final by a neck.
The champion bitch was Killucan Rose who beat the
favourite Skellig Jewell, earning 10,000 euros.
It’s more expensive to buy a coursing pup over there.
They regularly change hands for $4,000 whilst track pups
sell for half that much.
As one of the 10,000 people who attended each day, I
can only recommend the Irish coursing as a must see.
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