'Lucky Lenny' finds another sound investment
TONY Brett chalked up his 12th Group one win as a trainer when Thirty Talks won last Friday's Brisbane Cup final at Albion Park in race record time.
From box three, Thirty Talks was on his best behaviour when the lids went up, slotting in second behind leader and kennel mate Zabdon Ferrari, which Brett owns and trains.
Zabdon Ferrari had a margin of around two lengths coming to the home turn before Thirty Talks unleashed his characteristic finishing burst to score by half a length in 29.57.
Dyna Double One holds the track record at 29.51.
Tony Apap's Outside Pass got home hard for third but was a further six lengths back after getting carted wide from her box seven draw around the first turn.
The lone Victorian visitor Blazin' Bomber finished fourth. Tony Brett's third Cup runner, Whata Nice Size, finished fifth.
Brett's 12 Group one winners have been achieved in three states, being seven in Queensland, four in Victoria and one in NSW.
It's been well documented that owner Len Antonio paid $30,000 for Thirty Talks at the 2014 Richmond Riches puppy auction.
It's been a sound investment for the retired Ipswich businessman with the dog's prizemoney at $276,541.
"He's still young at age 30 months. He might become Australia's next million dollar earner,'' said the man known to many as "Lucky Lenny''.
Brett said he was very proud for his greyhounds to run first and second in such quick time.
Zabdon Ferrari clocked in at 29.61, which would win 99 out of every 100 races run at Albion Park over 520 metres.
Brett decided not to nominate any of his team for last night's heats of the group 1 Hobart Thousand series.
"My top sprinters have had a terrific 2016 and I don't want to go to the well once too often. They deserve a bit of an ease up,'' Brett said.
The Group 1 Silver Chief at the Meadows is an option for Thirty Talks and Brett is in a quandary about going there.
The devoted family man isn't keen on the fact, with the heats being run on Christmas Eve, that he would be away from his family at that time.
The Silver Chief is a three- weeks series. The semi- finals are on New Year's Eve.
"What's tempting, though, is the fact that Thirty Talks would get into the Silver Chief, which is an age restricted series, by 14 days making him one of the more mature dogs in the series,'' Brett said.
First prize in the Silver Chief, which is Victoria's equivalent to a Derby, is $100,000.
WITH last Friday's win, Thirty Talks became the fourth greyhound to complete the Ipswich and Brisbane Cups double.
Others to have achieved the feat have been Dennis Reid's Whip Tip (1987-88), Tony Zammit's Barrio Babe (1997) and Belinda Reid's Bob's One (1999).
The name Thirty Talks will be right up there when the 2016 Queensland greyhound of the year panel meets shortly.
Thirty Talks has won the Richmond Riches, City of Ipswich Gold Cup and Brisbane Cup. The group one win last week probably catapults his name to the top of the list, actually.
Leading contenders would include Outside Pass (Tony Apap), Lismore Cup winner Tripum (Darren Russell), Vince Curry dead heater and Gold Coast Cup winner Split Image (Tony Brett), Ipswich Magical Auction and Harry Pledger Appreciation winner Magical Yessam (Don Massey), Townsville Cup winner Zabdon Ferrari (Tony Brett),Sydney Cup winner Apatite (Joanne Price) and consistent performers Cash in Motion (Robbie Cooke) and Cyndie's Magic (Bill Elson).
Ipswich title winners
THE Ipswich greyhound of the year is decided on a points basis, rather than by a panel of people. The likely winner is the Col Byers trained Harry Bailey who is on 86 points.
Joanne Martin's Lonesome Duk is second placed on 72 points and would need a highly unlikely three wins between now and December 31 to win the title.
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