Puppies up for auction

THE Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction will be held on August 24 at the Showgrounds.

Buyers and sellers usually form a plan of attack before the auction. Buyers study the catalogue to make a head start on what puppies they may bid for on the day. Looks and presentation on the day are important.

Sellers try and decide what money they might accept for their pups.

If the right dollars aren't there, a buy back is the usual option.

There is no set game plan for anyone. But Mick and Amber Boody of Churchable are probably typical of breeders and nominators.

They have nominated an entire litter of eight pups, three males and five bitches, by Lochinvar Marlow out of Koongal. On sale day the pups will be aged six months and two days.

"The Lochinvar Marlow service fee was $1690," Mick said.

"We have worked out that each pup has cost us, with that fee and rearing costs, around $1000 to this stage.

"So if the bidding only goes up to that amount or a little more, we would buy the pups back.

"We wouldn't be interested in making just a couple of hundred dollars profit on each pup after the work and time we have put into them.

"We would rather buy them back and stay in the running to win $40,000 in the auction race in 2016 than sacrifice them for a moderate price.

"Our aim is to keep two dogs and one bitch and sell the other five pups, but the bidding price will determine if that happens."

Lochinvar Marlow, a group one winning son of all-time great sire Bombastic Shiraz, is a rising star among Australia's stud dogs. He stands in NSW.

"They're winning everywhere. Watch his value go up when he throws a real topliner," Mick declared.

Like most breeders, the Boodys have faith in their brood bitch.

"Koongal won over 431 and 520M at Ipswich and 520m at Lismore. She showed great potential at her nine race starts before breaking a hock.

"Her breeding features a double cross of Brett Lee, the same cross that produced top Adelaide dog Ernie Bung Arrow."

The Boodys would like to sell three pups with the proceeds offsetting to some extent the cost of keeping the other five in the litter. Other breeders have the same idea. It works well if the dollars are right on the day.


Open feature battle

THE feature race at the Showgrounds tomorrow night looks to be quite open.

It's the Col Harris Gold Sovereign final over 630m, a race of $2075 in total prizemoney plus a trophy of a mint condition gold coin presented by the Harris family.

Heat winners last week were Far From Fear for Amy O'Reilly in 37.69 from box one and Peter Smith's Queen Cleo from box seven in 37.99.

The .30 of a second difference equates to a margin of about four lengths.

Tomorrow night Queen Cleo goes into box one and Far from Fear is drawn next door in two.

O'Reilly, 21, is the leading Ipswich female trainer this year.

As well as Far from Fear she has Slippin Nova drawn in box eight in the Gold Sovereign final.

Slippin' Nova finished second to Queen Cleo last week, beaten just over one length.


Changing tactics

THERE'S good news and bad news about the Tattsbet sponsored charity bet last week.

The good news is that the dog ran a place.

The bad news is that the placing was fourth, hence no collect.

For this week I'm changing tactics and going back to today's twilight meeting rather than tomorrow night's card.

The bet is $50 each way on race six, dog two Garrangay Duck, trained by Joanne Martin. The race is at 5.29pm.


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