Former Ipswich cricket stalwart Ian Dionysius (pictured with son Andrew and grandson Tyler in 2014) is now enjoying success in greyhound racing.
Former Ipswich cricket stalwart Ian Dionysius (pictured with son Andrew and grandson Tyler in 2014) is now enjoying success in greyhound racing. David Nielsen

Magical auction series on the way

THE annual Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction is fast approaching.

The date is Sunday, August 26, at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Pups born between September 1 last year and May 1 this year are eligible to be nominated, either for sale or as buybacks.

Nominations close at the end of this month.

There will be two race series in 2020 for all the auction pups.

There's $40,000 to the winner over 520 metres and $10,000 to the winner over 431 metres. Various bonuses apply.

The auction concept has stood the test of time, the first auction being in 1987.

The first race from that auction, run in 1989, was won by Milluna Miss for Frank and Edna Rochford from Beenleigh.

The second running, in 1990, was won by Our Gold Coin, trained by Roslyn Scotney at the farming town of Pittsworth on the Darling Downs.

Last weekend Scotney's name appeared in the Queen's Birthday honours list. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to local government and the communities of Pittsworth and Toowoomba.

She was a councillor of the Pittsworth Shire from 1993-98, Mayor from 1998-2008 and a councillor on the Toowoomba Regional Council from 2008-16.

She is a life member of the Leukaemia Foundation and the Downs Steam Tourist Railway Museum.

Following the Ipswich win in 1990, Our Gold Coin went on to a successful career at stud, with Scotney racing some of his pups with good success.

Former cricketer a model of consistency, on the track

THE Ian Dionysius owned and trained Snowball Otto has been a real model of consistency of late. Just like Dionysius was in his cricket playing days.

Overall, the son of Spring Gun and Snowball Run has won 15 races from 47 starts for $26,073 in earnings. The dog scored a strong win in last Saturday's John Pay Memorial fifth grade final at the Showgrounds.

Snowball Otto has not been out of the money during this month of June and the month prior. Since May 1, he has had 10 starts for seven wins, one second and two thirds.

Yamanto based Dionysius is well known as one of the best all-round cricketers to have played the game in Ipswich. With the bat he amassed 8368 runs at an impressive average of 37.

Dionysius has Snowball Otto engaged at the Showgrounds tomorrow, drawn box eight in race five over 431 metres at 6.09pm.

Double glory for trainers

FIVE trainers landed winning doubles in racing at the Showgrounds during the past week.

They were Bill Elson, Steve Neary, Ricky Rolls, Kev Galloway and Michael Geraghty.

Smart tip to break drought

IN the many years that I have been writing this column, I have given you my tip for the famous horse race at Ipswich this time every year.

I can't remember the last time I tipped the Ipswich Cup winner.

But again, I am working on the old farmer's philosophy that the longer a drought continues, the closer it is to being broken.

Tradesman is the odds-on favourite for the great race to be run at Bundamba tomorrow.

But I'm going for Smart As You Think, which is $8 with Ladbrokes.

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