Paul Dolan
Paul Dolan Warren Lynam

Rapid Journey the best greyhound, do you agree?

ANOTHER spectacular win last Saturday by the great racehorse Winx again got tongues wagging as to who is the best horse to have raced in Australia.

There would be votes for Winx, Black Caviar, Phar Lap, Tulloch and others.

It's the same with greyhounds.

Whenever I am asked who is the best greyhound I have seen, the answer is Rapid Journey, a Sydney trained dog who won feature races all over the land nearly 20 years ago.

But if someone wants to put up names such as Flying Amy, Brett Lee or Fernando Bale, I won't argue. It's a case of respecting everyone's opinion.

One of the most versatile and durable greyhounds I saw and called was Queensland's Dashing Corsair.

I'm pleased that there is a new race on the Albion Park calendar called "The Dashing Corsair.''

The series heats and final over 600 metres are on May 10 and 17.

It's fitting that such a grand performer gets recognition for what he did.

Dashing Corsair, or "Harry'' as he was known to owner Paddy Fitch and trainers Dwyer and Desley Lennon, won 57 of his 124 race starts.

He won 38 races - more than any other greyhound - at Albion Park.

He is the only greyhound to win the National Sprint and Distance Championships, doing that in 2009 and 2011.

He won five group one finals and was twice Queensland greyhound of the year.

You might ask - did the dog ever race at Ipswich? He certainly did.

He won his maiden there at race start number four.

After that he was almost unbeatable around the Showgrounds track, winning nine of 13 starts there.

Perhaps the Ipswich club could add the names of some superstars of the past to some feature finals.

I would be suggest Acacia Ablaze, Aloa Bay, Haylewie Miss and Henry's Folly as worthy candidates.

Acacia Ablaze, trained in Ipswich by Brian McEvoy, had a superb race record and was even more successful at stud.

Aloa Bay was an Ipswich star in the late 1980s, trained by John Allison.

Haylewie Miss, trained by Sid Lewis at Peak Crossing, is the only greyhound to win two City of Ipswich Gold Cups since the track opened in May, 1982.

Henry's Folly, trained by Henry Taylor, won 31 races at Ipswich, the most by any greyhound there.

Prizemony shared

THE winning prizemoney was spread around to a large degree at the three race meetings run at the Showgrounds this past week.

Col Byers landed a treble, which is the norm for the Toowoomba based maestro trainer. Bob Adams landed a double and there were 25 trainers landing one winner.

Racing today starts at 3.44pm.

Tomorrow the first race at the Showgrounds is at 5.46pm.

Speed Star series in Qld?

ON the subject of copying ideas, I would like to see Queensland run a Speed Star contest, as they do at Sandown Park in Melbourne.

Let's say it was to be run at Ipswich over 520 metres. How it would work is that you assemble the eight fastest 520 metres winners at Ipswich over, say, the previous two months.

You make them four pairs of two.

Each pair runs over 520 metres, meaning four times are recorded and the winner is the fastest time.

Punters bet before the start of the races.

I'm told that betting on the Speed Star at Sandown is very strong, with plenty of punters keen to back longer-priced greyhounds, which may run faster against one opponent than in a full field of eight.

Importantly, such a contest would inject some variety into race programming.

Consider this

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