Glen Gallon in spotlight
A HIGHLIGHT of last week's Winter Carnival Cup at Albion Park was the publicity generated by eventual winner Glen Gallon in the mainstream media.
Channel 9 sent a camera crew and reporter Yvonne Sampson to Tony Brett's Grandchester property on the day before the race. A story on the dog went to air that night in the prime time 6pm news bulletin, the segment showing for one minute and 26 seconds.
Sampson said stories are normally restricted to around a minute but management allocated a little extra time to include a couple of replays of Glen Gallon's wins.
Brett said he was stoked, not only because of the content of the segment, but the fact that it was introduced by Wally Lewis in his capacity as a Channel 9 sports presenter.
"Wally is an idol of mine,'' Brett declared.
Stories on TV and in print portrayed Glen Gallon as an integral part of the Brett family, with Tony and wife Fleur's four children closely involved.
Glen Gallon ran a race record 29.80 seconds to win the Cup last week over another local, Top Story, trained by Sandra Hunt at Coominya.
The upcoming National Sprint Championship is the next mission for Glen Gallon.
Queensland heats are on Thursday, August 1, at Albion Park which happens to be the date of Glen Gallon's fourth birthday.
The state final is on August 8 and the grand final is at the Meadows 16 days later.
If he makes it to the grand final of the National Sprint, Glen Gallon will have done so for three years in a row. Tony Brett can't find another greyhound to have done that. And neither can I.
Dashing Corsair contested one National Sprint and two National Distance Championships from 2009 to 2011, winning the sprint in 2009 and the distance in 2011.
In 2011, Glen Gallon finished sixth, from box four, to Metz Magic in the grand final which was staged at Albion Park.
Last year he finished second from box five to Fabregas in the final run at Hobart.
Brett heaped huge praise on Glen Gallon after last week's win.
"I've been fortunate to have some great greyhounds over the years. I'd put Glen Gallon and Bogie Leigh as the top two, with nothing between them,'' he said.
REMEMBER Rapid Journey? From 1999-2011, he was Australia's highest prize money earner with $530,995.
After being at the top of the list for 12 years, in the subsequent two years from 2011, Rapid Journey is at number seven.
Glen Gallon's $75,000 collect last Thursday at Albion Park catapulted him from number nine to third on the list.
Australia's top 10 prize money winners are: Miata ($715,508), High Earner ($610,070), Glen Gallon ($592,877), El Grand Senor ($581,335), Radley Bale ($570,883), Irma Bale ($543,001), Rapid Journey ($530,995), Dyna Tron ($519,753), El Galo ($519,380), Bogie Leigh ($488,335).
Despite the fact Sydney and Melbourne conduct more group races, and of mostly higher prize money, than Brisbane, Glen Gallon has earned a lot more in his home state than elsewhere.
He has won $357,930 in Queensland and $159,947 interstate.
IPSWICH will race Tuesday and Friday twilight for the rest of this month, with Saturday nights to start on August 3.
The club will race on each Saturday from August 3-October 26 as non TAB cards. Total prize money per race will be $500.
"Racing Queensland and our club are still negotiating with the TAB and Sky Racing, hoping for the Saturday night meetings to be come TAB status," Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club manager Merv Page said.
IPSWICH greyhound racing ambassador Berrick Barnes is on a terrific winning streak with his charity Tattsbet sponsored selections.
He landed another winner last Friday, betting $50 each way on Miss Lauryn. She was favourite and scored by two lengths for a return of $150.
For today's twilight meeting at the showgrounds, Barnes is betting $50 each way on race five, number eight Surfin'Kawati.
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