Exciting duel for memorial final honours
IF history repeats, the winner of the main race at the Ipswich Showgrounds tomorrow night will be Arabian Go Go or Get Messi.
The event is the John Pay Memorial fifth grade, run in memory of the popular greyhound trainer who passed away on May 28, 2015, aged 57.
Pay never won premierships or trained superstars but with wife Moira trained plenty of winners with average dogs.
The Ipswich and Brisbane (Albion Park) clubs decided to instigate the memorial race for Pay, with heats at both tracks and the final run on a rotation basis.
In 2006, the first running of the Pay Memorial final was at Ipswich. The winner was the Peter Ruestchi trained Sizeable, who had run second in a heat at Albion Park.
Last year the final was at Albion Park and was won by the Darren Russell trained Scipio Africanus, who had run second in a heat at Ipswich.
Two heats were run at Albion Park last Monday night.
The greyhounds who finished second were Arabian Go Go for Brian Baker and Get Messi, trained by Serena Lawrance.
I will concede that two years is not a lot of history but history has an uncanny knack of repeating.
For tomorrow's $4500 final Get Messi is drawn box five with Arabian Go Go in box seven.
Last year's winner Scipio Africanus is in the race again, having finished second in a heat at Ipswich.
It would be almost bizarre to write about a feature race without the heat winners.
At Ipswich, they were She's Some Gal for Tom Tzouvelis and Snowball Otto trained by Ian Dionysius.
The Albion Park heat winners were One Dollar for Craig Cassidy and Syfy Hero for Shane Kleinhans.
They all have a genuine winning chance tomorrow night. But I'm suggesting stick with those Albion Park second placegetters.
Tomorrow's meeting starts at 4.48pm, with the John Pay Memorial set for 7.11pm.
No More Cake to celebrate
MAL Cuneo won three of the 30 races at the Ipswich Showgrounds over the last week.
The former Northern Rivers based trainer, now at Churchable, scored with Valkyrie Blue on Friday and Mondella and Cawbourne Bigred on Saturday.
Landing doubles were trainers Steve Neary, Col Byers and Kev Galloway.
Neary's double was with the same dog, No More Cake, who won over 431 metres last Friday and backed up to score on Tuesday over 520 metres, doing that from boxes four and five. "She is no world beater but tries very hard,'' Neary said. "If your dog is fit and sound and you're in the right race, you're always a chance. I bred her so it's a bit special when they salute.''
No More Cake is by Soprano Drive, an American sire, out of Don't Eat Cake which Neary trained for seven wins at Ipswich, Albion Park and Lismore. Don't Eat Cake's dam was Bake a Cake who won 10 races.
"You could say that the cake line is a good bread and butter line for me at the moment,'' Neary offered.
No More Cake is in box eight in race seven at today's Ipswich twilight meeting.
Fire shuts down Capalaba
DUE to its low lying location, the Capalaba greyhound track has experienced plenty of floods over a long period of time.
As far as I know there has never been a fire there. Until now.
On Wednesday morning, a fire believed to have started due to an electrical fault, severely damaged the track's kennel block. Equipment such as the air conditioning was wrecked beyond repair and it could be some time before the track can conduct races or trials again.
For animal welfare reasons, an air conditioned kennel block must be in operation at trial sessions and race meetings.
It's not a simple clean up exercise as there is an amount of asbestos that has to be removed securely and safely, pending insurance company investigation.
Capalaba was set to stage its Grand Prix final tomorrow but that's not happening. The fate of that race is to be decided.
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