Good mate Dashing Corsair bows to health issues

ONE of Australia's best and most versatile greyhounds Dashing Corsair had some fabulous battles on the racetrack on his way towards prizemoney earnings of $455,665 from 2008-11.

The dog, known to many by his kennel name of 'Harry', had another recent battle - with health.

The decision was made last weekend to mercifully put the dog down, aged seven years and three months.

Desley Williams, co-trainer of the dog, had Dashing Corsair at her home at Churchable. The dog's owner Paddy Fitch lives in the same street.

"Alarm bells went off when Harry had a bad night recently, struggling for breath," Williams said.

"We were able to get him to Greg Sternberg's vet surgery at Laidley at 5.30am. Greg was away at the time and the staff did a terrific job to treat Harry.

"He had an infection which was brought under control. But in the process of some tests, it was found that there were three tumors near his heart.

"We hoped he would do well under medication but that didn't happen. To have the dog put down was the hardest decision for me to make, but it was the right decision.

"Harry was more than just a race and stud dog. He was my mate and companion. He slept on my bed.

"Greg Sternberg did an autopsy on the dog and one of the tumors was as big as Greg's hand and it took the whole of one lung.

"I just had to do the right thing by Harry. I'd like to thank everyone for their support."

Dashing Corsair, trained by Dwyer and Desley Lennon, raced 124 times for 57 wins, 16 seconds and 14 thirds.

The son of Malfoy and Rose Flamenco, bred by Paddy Fitch, is the only greyhound to win the National Sprint and Distance Championships.

He won the Sprint in 2009 run in Perth. His win in the 2011 National Distance Championship, run on home soil at Albion Park, was a memorable event and the dog's last race. The Albion Park crowd was certainly "wild about Harry" that night.

Dashing Corsair is the only greyhound to contest three national championships.

Between those 2009 and 2011 wins, he ran fourth in the grand final of the 2010 National Distance Championship in Adelaide.

Dashing Corsair won his maiden at Ipswich, in October, 2008. He raced there 15 times for nine wins.

When the names of top-class Queensland greyhounds of all time are recalled, Dashing Corsair will always be there, alongside other greats such as Top Simbi, Flying Amy, Bogie Leigh, High Earner and Glen Gallon.


Fine season

PETER Ruetschi is having his best year.

The Coominya-based trainer leads the Albion Park trainers premiership.

At Ipswich, where he has fewer runners most weeks than at Albion Park, he is number seven on the trainers' list. Those premierships run until December 31.

At last Saturday night's Ipswich race meeting, Ruetschi's name was drawn as the winner of the recently introduced 250 Club.

For his outlay of $10 to buy a ticket, Ruetschi collected $1000.

He wasn't in attendance at the meeting. Had he been there, the prize would have been $1200. Still, it was a very handy pickup.

The next 250 Club draw will be on the last Saturday of this month.


Darwin Cup

REGULAR Ipswich visitors Jeff Cumming and Tom Tzouvelis have runners in tonight's $25,000 to the winner Darwin Cup.

Cumming has Rumble Street, a strong heat winner last Monday, drawn box seven.

Tzouvelis is represented by Le Sirenuse in box three and Tee Brady in box five.

Both were placed in their heats.

There is no Sky Channel coverage of the Darwin meeting.

The Cup can be heard on radio Tab at 9.49pm.

This year's Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction race winner, Rachel Scott's Are Ate, was unplaced in a Darwin Cup heat on Monday. He starts in the Cup Consolation tonight at 9.13pm.


Charity bet

THE Tattsbet sponsored charity bet won last week but was no flash price. Small collects all add up.

For this week, I'm looking to tomorrow night's racing at the Showgrounds and have selected race six, number three Lacey Lou which is trained by Amy O'Reilly.

The bet is $50 each way.


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