Buxton grabs the moment
IN the United Kingdom and Ireland, box draws for greyhound racing are done on a seeded basis.
Runners are designated as either a railer or wide runner and drawn accordingly.
The theory is that by having railers drawn inside boxes and wide runners in the outside draws, first turn interference is minimised.
If that system of box draws was introduced in Australia, breeder, owner and trainer Dianna Buxton would not only request her bitch Got a Moment be placed in an inside draw but she would specify box two.
Last Thursday, the 24kg Got a Moment - bred and owned by Buxton and trained for the past eight weeks by Jason Thompson in Victoria - scored a heart-stopping win in the world's richest greyhound race, the $500,000 TAB Melbourne Cup at Sandown.
Buxton sent Got a Moment to Thompson on the advice of Lowood-based trainer Reg Kay who has done successful transfers of his team to Thompson to target feature races down south.
Buxton well remembers the day that Got a Moment won her maiden.
It was at a Friday twilight meeting at Ipswich on December 30 last year.
Got a Moment drew box two and scored by four lengths in that 431 metres event.
"She had run second and fourth at her first two starts at Albion Park before winning at Ipswich," Buxton recalls.
Last week's Melbourne Cup win was also from box two.
Buxton, who lives at Leichardt with husband Peter, attended the Melbourne Cup last week.
"It was my first trip in a plane. Peter stayed at home to look after the dogs," she said.
"Shortly after Jason took over the training of Got a Moment, he was on the phone telling me we had a genuine Cups chance.
"I reckon he could sense me rolling my eyes in disbelief.
I thought the bitch might be able to win a few low grade races for good prizemoney down there.
"Now we have won a Melbourne Cup worth $350,000 to the winner, we're still trying to come to grips with what has happened."
A Melbourne Cup winner owned in Ipswich and who won her maiden here - now there's a first.
Get well Bevan
BEVAN Williamson, one of the best known names in Queensland greyhound racing, suffered a heart attack early this month.
The 68-year-old Albion Park lure driver and highly respected puppy educator is home recuperating after a worrying stint in intensive care. Last Saturday, Di Buxton went to visit Williamson at his Greenbank property and took along her Melbourne Cup trophy and presentation sash.
"Bevan and his wife Elaine have always been most helpful to us, allowing us to trial Got a Moment and other greyhounds at their track," Buxton said.
"I thought Bevan might get a kick out of seeing the Melbourne Cup trophy and he certainly did."
Box one fails
BOX one has had a surprisingly poor strike rate at the Ipswich Showgrounds this past week.
Last Friday, there was just one winner, Arctic Blast, from the red box.
At the non-TAB meeting last Saturday night, not one winner jumped from box one.
And the same was the case at Tuesday's twilight card this week.
So it's been one winner from box one from the past 28 races decided.
On that basis, perhaps expect a few box one runners to salute at today's twilight card.
Box one winners are overdue.
Further Saturday night meetings will be held at the Showgrounds on December 8 and 22.
Santa will be there on the 22nd.
You can arrange a present for children on the night by phoning the club on 3202 2977 by December 14, providing names and ages.
Restaurant bookings are available and adviseable for both nights.
IT'S better to succeed little by little than fail in one go.