Classy performers have sniff of Ipswich success
ONE of the best quality 630 metres races in recent times will be run at the Ipswich Showgrounds twilight meeting today.
The Past Members Trophy over 630 metres is one of three features on the card, complementing the Ipswich Derby and Futurity.
The Past Members Trophy was run for its first few years as the Tom Paterson Memorial Stake, in honour of one of the great greyhound trainers produced in the Ipswich area.
A few years after Tom's death, the name of the race was changed to the Past Members Memorial, in honour of the many dedicated and hard working members since greyhound racing started at Ipswich in May, 1982.
It's a risk naming some of the great stalwarts of the Ipswich club who have passed on because a short list is horribly incomplete.
But some names that readily spring to mind include Graeme Crook, Lola Hobden, Nev Dixon, Eddie Denman and Dave Brett as well as Tom Paterson.
Today's $4200 event contains three last-start Albion Park winners.
They are Ron Ball's Cakes and Pies, Jock Campbell's She's a Size and Renald Attard's Sundance Tycoon.
Nothing Goes, the original box one runner, is a scratching with Sundance Tycoon moving into that box.
Anne Southee's Never Tell is also a last-start winner, taking out a feature final down the Capalaba straight last Saturday.
Never Tell has won eight from 20 Ipswich starts over 520 metres and is proven up to 710 metres at Albion Park.
The Past Members Trophy last year was won by the Paul Cauchi-trained Master Brutus in 37.29.
TWO heats of the Ipswich Futurity were run last week, for the female greyhounds.
Eleazar for Goodna's Keiron Butler was a strong finishing winner, from midfield in running, in 30.67. That was from box seven and Eleazar is drawn box two for today's $7180 final.
Zip Zoom, for Brad Woods of Greenbank, led all the way from box one in 30.79.
Her task is more difficult from box eight today.
Last year's Ipswich Futurity was won by the Bob Giltinan-trained Velocity High in 30.58.
TWO heats of the Ipswich Derby were run last Friday.
The Brad Woods-trained Line Up Buoys was second early, took the lead along the back stretch and scored impressively in 30.81. That was from box one and the son of Surf Lorian and Miss Intimidate moves to box four for today's $7180 final.
Not Held, for Shane Ellis of Morayfield, created a big impression with his box seven win in 30.61. He ran down the talented White Hornet to score.
Not Held managed that win from box seven and moves to the coveted rails draw today.
There was a dead heat in last year's Ipswich Derby final.
The judge couldn't split Paul Cauchi's Alex the Great and Anne Southee's Never Tell in 30.60.
BACK in the days when the Lawnton track was operating on Brisbane's northside, that club's cup was known as the Lawnton Memorial Cup.
Like the Ipswich Past Members Trophy, the race honoured club stalwarts.
Lawnton is just a memory now. I wonder if you know what year that track closed.
I remember it well because the venue was closed in controversial circumstances.
After a Tuesday twilight meeting, the control board of the day announced the track's closure the next morning.
That was it. Over, done and dusted, no more meetings, no farewell send-off.
Neither myself who called what turned out to be the final races there or anyone who participated that day knew it would be the last time we would attend a Lawnton meeting. The board deemed the club to be unviable which was very much open to doubt.
Lawnton closed in September, 1995, so it was 18 years ago.
IPSWICH greyhound enthusiasts are counting the weeks to when Saturday night TAB meetings resume at the Showgrounds.
The magic date is October 5.
In the meantime, Ipswich continues its non-TAB's on Saturdays, commencing at 6.30pm.
Today's meeting starts at 3.52pm with finals of the Derby and Futurity, plus the Past Members Memorial over 630m.
Consider this: IT'S a difference of opinion that makes racing great.
Regional trainers to enjoy success over the past week included: Friday - Ricky Nelson with Isolator, Tony Brett (Regal Lauryn) and Keiron Butler (Eleazer).
Saturday: Peter O'Reilly (Oskar Da Pooch), Judy Wyatt (Smoking Hero) and Dorothy Joice (Zafonic Babe).
Tuesday: A double for Peter O'Reilly with Oskar Da Pooch and Cliserene Blondi, David McMillan with Glass and Jock Campbell with She's A Size.