THE Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club staged its annual Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Magical Puppy Auction last Sunday.
With 100 pups in the catalogue, as opposed to the usual 200 plus, nobody really knew how the sale would pan out.
Last year 225 pups were sold for an average of $1911.
This year's average was $3204.
There were three withdrawals and 97 pups were sold.
It's not as if there was a small number of extremely high priced buy backs to boost this year's average.
It was a case of nearly 20 percent of the sales being $5000 or higher.
In any Ipswich auction, or elsewhere for that matter, buybacks are common and that won't change any time soon.
The highest priced pup was lot 75, a bitch by Barcia Bale out of Good Size, a four times race winning daughter of Knocka Norris. She went for $8000.
Prominent owner Len Antonio didn't open the purse strings as much as some years.
He purchased one pup, a 10 months old bitch by Don't Knocka Him out of Paint who has produced some good winners from her first litter.
The purchase price was $5000.
I think a fair assessment of the overall picture of this year's auction is that, while puppy numbers were down, the overall quality was rather impressive.
As mentioned last week, the odds of winning the auction related race in 2018 are much better than in recent years.
It's 96 to 1 to be precise this time.
Madam's costly bet
A FORTNIGHT ago in this column I made mention of a greyhound, Zabdon Brooke, which was at the odds of 10 to 1 on, therefore seemingly unbeatable.
It actually got beaten at Capalaba.
I posed the question - was this a first ?
Thanks to regular Dogwatch reader, retired trainer and rugby league footballer John Kaatz, we have an answer - it has happened before.
Kaatz trained an outstanding sprinter named Brother Black in the 1980s.
He was a very good dog around circle tracks but particularly brilliant at Capalaba.
"Brother Black had won 15 races in a row and was 10 to 1 on at Capalaba to make it 16. But he hurt himself coming out of the boxes, nothing serious, he flashed home for second, beaten a head,'' Kaatz recalled.
"There was a brothel madam there that day and she bet $10,000 on Brother Black to win $1000 and obviously lost her money.''
Brother Black won his next 12 starts.
Whether the madam backed up is uncertain.
IT'S fairly rare for every box number to win a race at any greyhound race meeting.
At Albion Park on Wednesday there was an occurrence which I have never seen before.
Not only did every number from one to eight win a race but so did the numbers nine and 10.
Number 10 won the first race, number nine won the second, then there were winners wearing every rug from one to eight.
It was a 12 race card, not 10. However, you'd have to say the odds of numbers one to 10 all winning would be very long.
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