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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.
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-
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-
www.greyhoundform.com.au 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.
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
www.greyhoundform.com.au 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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