Female brigade shows the way in Ipswich series

WINNING FORM: Len Antonio (left), Regal Lauryn and trainer Tony Brett.
WINNING FORM: Len Antonio (left), Regal Lauryn and trainer Tony Brett. Contributed

CONCERNING greyhound racing, you often hear people say that "a good male dog will usually beat a female".

Obviously, they are not referring to the Ipswich Young Guns series.

Last Tuesday, Regal Lauryn, a daughter of Surf Lorian and 2009 Queensland Greyhound of the year Queen Lauryn, ran a race record time of 30.42s, taking the latest running of an Ipswich Young Guns.

Young Guns races in Queensland are for greyhounds up to 30 months of age, irrespective of grade.

There were three Young Guns series at Ipswich last year, each of $10,000 to the winner.

Each was won by a female.

Ian Hoggan's Lusina scored in January in 31.15.

Reg Hazelgrove's Wise Forecast ran 30.53 winning in May.

She scored again in August, running a then-race record of 30.48.

The last male winner of an Ipswich Young Guns was Dan Bloomfield's Alota The Best in August, 2011.

Regal Lauryn is raced by retired Ipswich businessman Len Antonio and trained by Tony Brett, who put the polish on the dam.

Antonio isn't afraid to open the purse strings to pay good dollars for top quality stock.

"Looks like I've got a smart one this time," he said in a gross understatement of the winner of six of her 10 starts.

Regal Lauryn finished powerfully, running down the leader Clan Eirann to score by one-and-a-half lengths.

It was seven lengths back to the third place-getter Bogie High.

Brett said Regal Lauryn was likely to accompany his high-profile sprinter Glen Gallon to Western Australia for next month's group 1 Perth Cup over 530m.

"I leave all plans to Tony, he's the master trainer," Antonio said.

Antonio owned 2005 Ipswich Magical Auction final winner Don Paco, trained by Tom Noble.

He is excited about the prospect of this year's Auction series in April at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Antonio purchased Regal Lauryn through the 2011 Ipswich puppy auction, thereby becoming eligible for the $35,000-to-the-winner race series.

He is also in the ownership of Regal Lauryn's litter sister Miss Lauryn, who he says should return to racing shortly and is also eligible for the auction series.

Miss Lauryn had two starts late last year for a fourth at Albion Park and a win at Ipswich.


Thunder paws

THERE is a big race at Wentworth Park in Sydney tomorrow night, coinciding with non-TAB racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The Sydney feature is the $100,000 Paws of Thunder final over 520m.

It's nothing unusual for Victorian-trained greyhounds to dominate in a feature race anywhere and there are five from that state in the final.

Graeme Bate has Imry Bale in box three and Fully Advanced in box four. The favourite at $3.30 is the Andrea Dailly-trained Victorian dog Veyron Bale, which has box five.

Tomorrow night's eight-race Ipswich card kicks off at 6.30pm.


Charmed run

LAST year's Ipswich greyhound of the year Charmed Speed made a rare visit to another track this past week.

Trainer Col Byers ventured from his Toowoomba base to Brisbane's Albion Park where Charmed Speed contested a "best eight" over 395m.

As was the case at Ipswich so often last year, Charmed Speed jumped brilliantly and scored by 11 lengths in the slick time of 22.83 seconds.

The track record is 22.51 set by the Tony Brett-trained Chevez in November, 2011.


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