Club manager part of track 'bad luck'
IPSWICH Greyhound Racing Club manager Merv Page had an added reason to feel disappointed when the lure malfunctioned twice at the Tuesday afternoon meeting.
His dog Got No Cents was leading in the home turn in the Ablatio Quarry Mixed Final, the third race of the day.
The 431m dash was abandoned, like race one, when problems with the lure carriage were experienced.
Page said it was one of those mechanical issues that happens from time to time at greyhound tracks. However, it's unusual to have it happen twice in one day.
"The problem was the carriage," Page said.
"The carriage has to leave the rope and when it goes through the changeover, it grabs the rope again. It wasn't grabbing.
"It means it goes along about 20 metres not getting pulled.
"It's just bad luck. Our club maintenance is very good."
After race three, the lure worked as normal for the rest of Tuesday's meeting.
With 100 trials held yesterday, Page hoped everything would be fine for this afternoon's meeting at the Showgrounds. "It's in the lap of the Gods," he said.
But after box one runner Got No Cents was denied from a winning position, Page experienced first hand what other punters, trainers and owners can.
"I won a race on Saturday night with the dog and it was going to win again on Tuesday," Page said.
Clubs, charities welcome
THE Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club invites all clubs and charities to participate in fundraisers at the Showgrounds on Saturday nights.
These commence on October 5 and continue each Saturday night for 12 weeks.
"It's an exciting night for everyone with your organization to benefit financially,'' Page said.
Nominate for auction
NOMINATIONS for the Rosewood & District Community Bank Auction are still needed.
Nominations have been extended until Friday, September 6.
This race for pups born between October 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013 will be held in 2015. It carries total prize money of $60,000.
TODAY'S Ipswich meeting starts at 3.57pm. It features the running of the Derby and Futurity heats.
Local trainers to taste success last week include:
Friday: Trainer Troy Sharpe was successful with a double - Bogie Classic and Lyn's Flash. Deborah Arnold had My First Ninja; Dennis Uhrhane with Soprano Benz; Peter Dunne with Walloon Legend; Tom Noble with Jack Swagger and John O'Dea with Melody Belle.
Honours on Saturday night went to: Danny Single with two winners - Lucky Tasha and Point Nine again.
Other local trainers were Margaret Page with Got No Cents; Gloria Falla (Jake The Rake); Shannon Glasscock (Jedi Thunder) and Chris Broadrick (Slap My Cheeky).
The highlight of Tuesday's meeting was the run of Geoff Draheim's Auriga Legend, who blitzed his rivals by 12.5 lengths in the good time of 30.65.
Other locally trainer winners were Ian Hoggan with Emdee Bahati and Troy Sharpe (Bogie Rewards).
CELEBRITY tipster Berrick Barnes added $75 to his charity tally by backing Miss Sea Air each way last week.
For today's Ipswich meeting, Berrick is placing $50 each way on the number eight dog Arabian Atom in race two.