Clash of Kings salutes in Darwin after Whyte said 'I’ll be back'

A GREYHOUND which started his career in this year's Vince Curry Memorial Maiden series at Ipswich won last Friday's group 3 Darwin Cup.

Clash of Kings led all the way from box one for Steve Whyte from Bunyip in Victoria.

Whyte is a former Queenslander, once based at the hub of greyhound training in south-east Queensland at Beenleigh.

Whyte and his family moved to Victoria 15 years ago.

"Winning the Darwin Cup was a 12 month plan," Whyte said.

"I was there last year and went to the Cup night and saw Miss Lauryn run second.

"As more or less a throwaway line, I said I have two of Miss Lauryn's half-sisters at home being broken in and I'll come back and try and go one better than her."

Two better, you could say.

As well as Clash of Kings taking the $25,000 to the winner Cup final in 31.05s, litter brother Superfonic won the Darwin Cup consolation in 31.41s after an unlucky fourth in a heat.

The consolation was worth $2000 to the winner.

Clash of Kings and Superfonic are 25 months of age, by English import Fear Zafonic out of Ipswich track record-holder and 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn.

"I own Clash of Kings and Superfonic ... I bought them as puppies," Whyte said.

I will take my time placing them where I think there are suitable races.

"That's one advantage of training for yourself, you're not under pressure from owners to get as many starts as possible out of a dog.

"The Ipswich Derby and City of Ipswich Gold Cup later this year are on the list."

Why Ipswich and not country cups in Victoria where Whyte lives?

"Clash of Kings went super in the Vince Curry at Ipswich even though he didn't win the final," Whyte said.

"I like to go where I've had an enjoyable time and that was certainly the case at Ipswich."

Clash of Kings won his heat and semi-final of the Vince Curry series before running fifth to Reg Kay's Jungle Junction in the final in February this year.


Ekka competition

THE greyhound competition at the Brisbane Show will be held on Sunday week, August 17, from midday.

Sixty-two entries have been received in various categories.

Some people, myself included, were under the impression that the greyhounds at the Ekka would be on this Sunday.

But it's definitely the following Sunday.


Puppy auction

SUNDAY, August 24, is the date for this year's Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Magical Puppy Auction at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The auction has been brought forward from October to August, mainly for the purpose of taking advantage of cooler days at this time of the year compared to October.

The move from Saturday night to a Sunday daytime sale is necessary because Ipswich is a racing venue every Saturday night nowadays.

Pups bought and sold through the August 24 auction are eligible for the $40,000-to-the-winner auction related race in April, 2016.

A $10,000 breeder's bonus to the winner of that race is an added incentive to be involved.


Go Spring Ridge

IT'S back to the drawing board for the Tattsbet-sponsored charity bet after an unplaced selection last week.

The bet this week is at tomorrow night's meeting at the Showgrounds. It's the Col Byers-trained Spring Ridge from box three in race seven at 8.46pm. The bet is $50 each way.


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