Ipswich owner secures three greyhounds in Curry semi-finals
FROM his 1977 "Bat Out of Hell'' album, Meatloaf had a hit song called "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad''.
Three out of three is even better and that's the strike rate in the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden series at the Ipswich Showgrounds for Ipswich owner Len Antonio after round one last Saturday night.
Antonio didn't win three heats but got his three runners to the semi finals tomorrow night with a win and two placings.
The retired Silkstone businessman saw Thirty Talks win in 30.57, Smack Dab ran second and Tip Ya Cap finished third.
Thirty Talks is a clever name.
Antonio was involved in a spirited duel with owner and nominator George Kairouz at the inaugural Richmond Riches puppy auction in 2014. The bidding went to $30,000 at which figure Antonio was the buyer. Richmond is on Sydney's western outskirts.
Antonio said of the then five months old son of Where's Pedro and Unfinished - "he had everything''.
Thirty Talks is the most expensive pup sold through any puppy auction in Australia.
Tony Brett trains Thirty Talks. Vicki Wisener prepares Smack Dab while Tip Ya Cap is with Peter Ruetschi.
"I have 28 pups and racing greyhounds so it wouldn't be possible to have them all with the one trainer,'' Antonio explained.
"I think Thirty Talks might be the best dog I've raced. I was pleased with Smack Dab's run. Tip Ya Cap probably needs a little more time but he is into the semis which is good.''
Antonio paid $11,000 at the 2014 Richmond auction for Smack Dab, a bitch by Barcia Bale out of Lagoon Lowanna. He purchased Tip Ya Cap as a pup privately from Ipswich breeder Barry Kitchener.
Tony Brett has three runners in the semi finals tomorrow night.
Sydney's Mark Azzopardi has sent Split Image to him for the Vince Curry series. She is a litter sister to Thirty Talks and ran second to fastest heat winner, Darren Russell's On the Clock (Collision - Surin Sal).
Split Image was retained by George Kairouz at the Richmond auction for $8000.
Another Richmond sale pup is Paua to Avoid. David Jones, from Wagga Wagga, sent the daughter of Barcia Bale and Paua to Terrify to Tony Brett for the Vince Curry and was a heat winner in 30.64 from box three.
Also hatching a Vince Curry plan is Victoria's Glenn Rounds, who has sent Cavalcade north to be trained for the series by Greg Stella. The daughter of Collision and Miss Bel Air was a heat winner in 30.99.
Regional trainer Gary Gilbert won a heat with Turn and Burn in 30.61.
Veteran north Brisbane trainer Col Horrigan produced a smart one in Lucky Sally who scored in 30.56.
The first race tomorrow night is at 6.07pm, with the four semi finals from 7.31pm.
The grand final, worth $48,125 to the winner, is on tomorrow week.
SA shows Qld the way
A SPACIOUS "one turn'' greyhound track is to be built in South Australia.
Currently, that state only has three small shaped tracks.
The new venue will be at Murray Bridge, about an hour's drive south of Adelaide.
The local council is totally supportive. Construction is expected to start in the middle of this year with racing to commence in late 2017.
The "on again, off again'' one turn track planned for Logan appears to be well and truly off the drawing board, despite the long overdue need for such a facility in south-east Queensland.
Now we are being upstaged by South Australia, often referred to as the "Cinderella state'' of greyhound racing in this country. It's a bit bizarre that they can find $6 million for a new greyhound track but the same can't happen in Queensland.
PETER Wilson and his partner Elaine Klaassen never have a big team in work but they keep on producing winners at an impressive rate.
The Bundamba based pair scored a thrilling win in last Thursday's group 3 Queensland Cup final over 600 metres at Albion Park with Velocity Shirl. The daughter of Collision and Velocity Cloud scored by a head over outsider Smashniak Gold in 35.04.
"We've been training Velocity Shirl for Steve Williams and the Velocity Lodge team since she started racing and it's terrific to get a win at this level,'' Wilson said.
North Ipswich's Keith Sternberg performed the catching pen duty for Wilson and declared that Velocity Shirl was an obvious winning choice, named after his wife Shirley.
Consider this: Break up the word impossible and you get "I'm Possible''.