Greyhound, trainer move in a haven of consistency
HERE'S the story of a greyhound trainer who is one of the best in the business and his greyhound who has a remarkable metabolism.
Ted Medhurst is a trainer based in Tasmania, near Hobart. He currently has a star greyhound named Bell Haven who is a stayer.
Long-distance races for decent prizemoney are few and far between in Tasmania. So Bell Haven does most of her racing on the mainland, usually in feature or "group'' races.
On Thursday last week, Bell Haven won the Super Stayers Stake at Brisbane's Albion Park. She had a win and a second there the previous fortnight in the Gold Cup series.
Four runs back, she finished a close second in the Sandown Cup in Melbourne.
Greyhounds are weighed before each race and their weight usually fluctuates by a small amount. In the case of Bell Haven, she tipped the scales at 25.6kg at each of her past four starts.
The remarkable thing about that weight consistency is that Bell Haven commutes to and from Hobart between races, in the care of her part-owner, Debbie Cannan, who is a trainer in her own right and assists Medhurst.
"I receive plenty of praise on race nights, but all credit should go to Ted and the greyhound herself,'' Cannan says.
"Her routine for racing usually involves an hour's drive to Hobart airport, three or four hours in a crate on the tarmac and in the plane and travel in a car to whoever we stay with in the capital cities on the mainland.
"To think that her weight is so spot-on and her form so good is just amazing.''
There's an old saying that consistency in a greyhound's racing weight is the sign of a top trainer. Bell Haven is proof of that.
A TEN-event non-TAB meeting is scheduled at the Ipswich Showgrounds tomorrow night from 6.30pm.
With $1000 prizemoney per race, there were plenty of nominations.
There could have been 11 races had there been sufficient kennels to accommodate the nine greyhounds which have missed out on a run.
Berrick in money
CELEBRITY tipster Berrick Barnes had a winner and a second in his bets at last Friday's Ipswich meeting for a collect of $172.50.
Since the promotion started in mid- March this year, selections by Barnes have accumulated $1292.50.
Tattsbet provides $100 each week for his bets, with monies collected going towards the operation of the Greyhound Adoption Program commonly referred to as GAP.
For today's twilight meeting, Barnes is placing $50 each way on race five, number seven Drop Jaw.
The race is at 5.05pm.
Tattsbet-sponsored celebrity tipsters also bet on Albion Park and Townsville greyhound meetings.
For Townsville, cricketer Jimmy Maher has collected $702.50. Five various tipsters betting on Albion Park have accumulated $2627.50.
TRAINER Greg Paull is fully in agreeance with my suggestion last week that maiden prizemoney should be much higher to encourage people to buy more greyhounds.
"I've been saying that for years,'' Paull said. "Think of the benefit to breeders who currently struggle to sell pups."
I suggested prizemoney for graded races should be lowered and that money added to make a maiden win quite lucrative.
In other words, the prizemoney pool to be allocated differently. We will keep pushing the barrow and see where we end up on this one.
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