Paul Dolan
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Strong Qld focus on new body's win list

A GREYHOUND racing peak body group called AGRA has operated since the early 1970s.

AGRA, the Australian Greyhound Racing Association, consisted of all of the nation's metropolitan clubs.

At times, decisions AGRA made were seen to be in the best interests of those clubs, with provincial and country clubs feeling a little left out of things.

That has changed now.

AGRA is now known as GCA (Greyhound Clubs Australia) and non metropolitan clubs participate in discussions and decision making.

One of GCA's activities is to preserve the history of greyhound racing.

A look over the major awards and titles which GCA compiles reveals plenty of Queenslanders in there.

The Australian trainer of the year in 2008 was Lowood based Reg Kay.

The stud dog of the year in 2010 was Surf Lorian who stood at the Apap family's Gatton property.

There are 19 greyhounds in the National Hall of Fame. Two are Queenslanders, the champion bitches Flying Amy and Bogie Leigh.

Queensland's Tony Zammit is one of nine trainers in the Hall of Fame.

Albert "Bunny'' Hewton is one of 11 administrators inducted.

Prominent Queensland veterinary surgeon Dr John Murray is an Associate in the Hall of Fame.

You could say that history is written by winners.

The aforementioned names are indeed big winners and worthy of ongoing recognition.

Key changes

ALBION Park greyhounds race this afternoon in the timeslot normally occupied by Ipswich.

There's no greyhound racing at Ipswich tomorrow either, due to the Show.

Townsville has a 12 race TAB card from 4.48pm.

Ipswich resumes greyhound racing on Tuesday with a 3.47pm start.

'Harry' adds to royal occasion

I'M always on the lookout for quirky stories, something a bit odd, if you like.

One has just surfaced.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would be aware of a wedding tomorrow in London. A royal wedding, nonetheless, Harry and Meghan tying the knot.

The main race at Albion Park last night was called "The Dashing Corsair,'' in recognition of a superstar Queensland greyhound of a few years ago.

All greyhounds have a kennel name, or pet name if you like.

Guess what Dashing Corsair's kennel name was? Yes, Harry.

No doubt there are some people out there with female greyhounds named Meghan.

Consider this

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