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THE FREAKISH FINISH by litter-                                                                                                        confirmed but expect the queue to the             Just the studio announcer giving the
mates Dilston Diamond, Jet and Jewell                                                                                                 make-up department to be rather long.         results.
in the $10,000 to the winner Illingworth                                                                                                  Any starlets wanting to be noticed            One can now understand why the
Classic at Launceston in late April pro-                                           Guru’s Message                                     better get trackside.                         pools are so meagre, with these races
moted a Tasmanian reader to ask                                                                                                                                                     not covered.
whether this was a first for greyhound         If someone invented a microwave bed, would I be The hawk returns                                                                         The GRV’s review, which sprouted
     To be more specific, had littermates
                                             able to get eight hours sleep in 15 minutes?      from the nest                                                                        that the “Thursday morning trial has
                                                                                                                                                                                    also proved very popular with owners
ever featured in all placings of a Group                                                                                               AGE shall not weary them.                    and trainers”, continued with the pros-
or Listed event?                                                                                                                           Five-year-old plus Joyful Hawk is        pect of obtaining greater coverage for
     Our Apple Isle caller wanted to tag    Classic).                                   Lady were also owned by Hogan and             still chasing that elusive bunny.             greyhound racing which, together with
this a history breaking moment.                 It was 1975, and the second run-        exceptional trackers, the latter success-          The former erratic sprinter, who         increased opportunities for greyhound
     Neville Allison’s gifted Exceptional   ning of the rich race in which a sapphire   ful in the 1965 Hobart Thousand.              won metropolitan races in both Sydney         trainers and owners, were major factors
and Dilston Classic litter occupied four    ring was the added prize, which made it          Now, I’m not 100% sure, but I            and Melbourne and now based in                in the Board’s decision to continue with
traps in this unique final, in which the    one of the plum events on the Victorian     reckon Paul Hogan may have also pre-          Finland, turned up at a meeting in            these morning meetings.
Dilston mentor prepared the first three     calendar.                                   pared the fourth placegetter in the same      Stockholm, Sweden.                                What greater coverage?
placegetters, with Dilston Gazelle let-         An aged classic for two year olds,      race, but I cannot find any records to             The Faithful Hawk – Molly’s Title            If Sky Channel, TABCorp and Sport
ting the team down by finishing sev-        Paul Hogan’s influence resulted in Dy-      back that statement up.                       bitch, who has already dropped two            927 were all supposedly consulted in
enth.                                       namic Dean (who later went on to cap-            I’d be grateful if any of the old tim-   litters, competed over 320 metres and         this review prior to the March 30 Press
     I’m not sure, but I do recall many     ture a VGOTY award) defeating Miss          ers can endorse that fact, but to answer      ran second in 18.98.                          Release, who’s not fulfilling their part
years ago, a former Sandown Park Di-        Royarco and Alfred’s Crown.                 our Tasmanian friend’s request, Neville            The Golden Arches of the                 of the bargain?
rector and trainer extraordinaire, Paul         Dynamic Dean and Alfred’s Crown         Allision’s performance with three litter-     McDonalds chain of restaurants spon-              We’ve dropped off Geelong, and I
Hogan having a hand in a filling the        were littermates from a Pied Rebel and      mates filling the first three placings in a   sored the special family day at Stock-        bet a lot of other punters have too.
placings with kennelmates Dynamic           Lady’s Crown litter, whilst runner-up       Listed race is surely unique.                 holm, which was run on Saturday, May
Dean, Miss Royarco and Alfred’s             Miss Royarco was from a Royarco and              Another unusual training feat oc-        14, highlighted by the running of the St.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Concrete news
Crown in the Sir Arthur Rylah Sapphire      Fairbairn Lady mating.                      curred at Olympic Park in its heyday          Erik’s Cup.                                    THE FILE continues to grow on the
Classic, (now known as the Sapphire             Both Lady’s Crown and Fairbairn         when former school teacher, Karl                   Our Swiss penfriend advised that          origins of the Dave Alexander Memo-
                                                                                               Karamatic produced the first four                                                     rial.
                                                                                                                                      this traditional event, over 550 metres,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly, no longer holding Group or
                                                                                               placegetters (all littermates) in a    has been on their calendar for nearly 30
                                                                                                                                                                                     Listed Race status, the famous event
                                                                                               Juvenile Final over 511 metres.        years.
                                                     8            1                                                                                                                  was previously recognised as one of
                                                                                                   Ah, Juvenile races, anyone              An Aussie sired chaser called Real        Sydney’s premier sprint events.
                                                                                               remember them?                         Prince, whose dad was Bluff Prince,                 Unfortunately, NGF’s museum had
                                                                                                   Now, can any readers vouch         won it.                                        lost a few winners from the Dave Alex-
                                                                                               for my claims on Paul Hogan’s               Real Prince clocked 32.36 in win-         ander Memorial’s Honour Roll.
                                                                                               outstanding feat 30 years ago?         ning the St Erik’s Cup.                             But thanks to some of our readers,

    Attention                                                                                      I’d welcome responses, espe-
                                                                                               cially in feature races, eg. Group     Premature
                                                                                                                                                                                     largely Peter Rose, we can now fill in
                                                                                                                                                                                     the blank names and have a full list
                                                                                               or Listed events.                     BAFFLED, you bet, and that’s the op- back to the inaugural winner, Lynne’s
       all                                                                                    Wolf whistles
                                                                                              THE RESPONSE to our sugges-
                                                                                                                                     erative word.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Chief in 1954.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Another contributor was an em-
                                                                                                                                          Most days at NGF our staff are dili- ployee from the Worth Cycling Com-

   greyhound                                                                                  tion that our sport follows the lead gently engaged in our work but can be pany in New South Wales, who faxed
                                                                                              taken by the harness folk to de- distracted and take the foot off the pedal down a write up on the deeds of Crazy
                                                                                              sign a greyhound calendar incor- when we fancy something going around Paving, winner of the DAM back in
      fans                                                                                    porating some of our female par- within our sport.
                                                                                              ticipants has been slow.                    Unfortunately, we don’t have the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sired by import Knockrour Rambler
                                                                                                   But, there has been a reaction.   luxury of Sky Channel live on the prem- from Keen Delina, Crazy Paving earned
                                                                                                                                                                                     her owner, a Mr. D. Carl and trainer,
                                                                                                   A couple of e-mails have Dal- ises, and racing over to the Royal Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                     Frank Hardman a nice first prize of

    have a look                                                                               las Massina, Seona Hood, Lyn to watch our hard-earned go around is $2,800.
                                                                                              Smith, and Simone Britton as fraught with danger.
                                                                                                                                                                                          A noted brilliant beginner, Crazy
                                                                                                                                          Crossing Mt. Alexander Road at any Paving started at 16/1 when capturing

       at our                                                                                      Then there was another call time of the day has brought about some the classic in tearaway fashion.
                                                                                              for an elderly lady to feature in it.  near misses.                                         But what captured my attention in

      website                                                                                      Sorry “bee jay”, I could get           The alternative is our Racing Radio, the newspaper cutting was the fact that
                                                                                              into deep trouble for even putting Sport 927, or to the hard core old tim- the 1971 Dave Alexander series at-
                                                                                              her initials in this column.           ers, 3UZ.                                       tracted mammoth 536 greyhounds.
                                                                                                   Obviously you have a wicked            If you can’t see it, then at least hear         The record number of entires saw
                                                                                              sense of humour.                       it go around.                                   the “Gee Bots” (GOBTA) run 68 elimi-                                                                      But, we are still prepared to
                                                                                              push on with this concept.
                                                                                                                                          But recently the service provided by
                                                                                                                                                                                     nation heats to cater for every grey-
                                                                                                                                     Sport 927, which is owned by the three               The fastest elimination heat winners
                                                                                                   Keep sending in your “pin- codes, has disappointed.
                                                                                                                                                                                     contested semis.
                                                                                              up” girls.                                  Assured by a GRV Press edict sent               Strangely with this particular series,
                                                                                              Extras                                 out on March 30, we’ve fancied a cou- the semis were postponed from the nor-

  Top 100 Top 200                             Top 20                   Track                  FANCY a role in Neighbours?
                                                                                                                                     ple of runners going around at the Gee- mal Saturday night fixture at Harold
                                                                                                                                     long Thursday morning meetings over Park, as the meeting was swamped by
                                                                                                   A strong whisper around the
  Trainers Dams                                Sires                  Records                 traps has the top ranking, record
                                                                                                                                     the past couple of weeks.                       torrential rain.
                                                                                                                                                                                          An entry fee of $2 was required to
                                                                                              running serial filming at Sandown           Now if these charges are engaged in
                                                                                                                                     the first couple of races, stiff cheddar!       start in the series, which accounted for
                                                                                              Park at the end of the month.                                                          $1,072 swelling the prizemoney to
                                                                                                   Not on a Thursday night, but           Contrary to the March 30 GRV
                                                                                                                                                                                     $7,088 for the series.
              FOR ALL STATES IN AUSTRALIA                                                     scenes will be shot on-course, Press Release, the first few races at                        Quite a bit of money in those days.
                                                                                              possibly on Tuesday evening, Sleepy Hollow are not televised to Sky                         I still find it hard to fathom that 536                                                                    May 31.                                Channel home viewers and Sport 927 greyhounds paid up to contest this se-
                                                                                                   Dates and times are yet to be doesn’t even offer a broadcast.                     ries.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, the good old days.
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