Dogwatch: The banjo proves no draw is rigged

A QUESTION often asked concerning greyhound race box draws done by computer is - when a trainer has two runners in a race, why do that trainer's runners draw adjacent boxes on a regular basis?

Many people claim this happens more often than the law of averages would dictate.

The fact is it doesn't happen anymore than it should.

It seems to be a case of people make comment when the adjacent boxes situation happens and tend to not notice when the dogs draw otherwise.

The doubters about the computer might be comforted by what's happened with tomorrow night's feature race at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Five heats of the Corporate Dollars Challenge fifth grade series were run last Saturday.

Two trainers qualified with two runners each for the final.

The box draw was done manually, via the old fashioned apparatus commonly referred to as "the banjo''. This involves numbered and coloured balls being used to determine the box draw.

A computer has no involvement whatsoever. Via the banjo, Peter Ruetschi's runners drew boxes one and two while Kerry Hogan's pair drew seven and eight.

The manual box draw isn't rigged and neither is the computer.

The fastest heat winner was Elaine Williamson's Gun Legacy who scorched around the 520 metres course in 30.48.

Gun Legacy has drawn box four for the final.

The dog backed up at the Showgrounds on Tuesday, finishing seventh.


Excellent series

THE Corporate Dollars series features eight sponsors being involved and being represented by a runner in the final.

The winning greyhound earns for its owner $7175 and the sponsor receives the naming rights to the Ipswich winning post for 12 months.

Given the exposure gained via Sky Racing showing Ipswich races three times a week, it's an excellent advertising medium.

Last year's winner was the Gatton Tyre Service. The company is involved again and have the runner drawn in box one.

The draw, with trainers and sponsors, is: 1 Tokyo Swift, Peter Ruetschi, Gatton Tyre Service; 2 Darcy's Curse, Peter Ruetschi, G.J.Walsh & Co; 3 Mocha Latte, John Geoghegan, Gentablue Pet Food; 4 Gun Legacy, Elaine Williamson, Golden View Greyhound Complex; 5 Sunnyside Jay, Tony Zammit, Greg Sternburg vet surgeon; 6 Barcella, Casey Dargusch, C2C Constructions, 7 Smoking Paws, Kerry Hogan, O'Reilly Pet Foods, 8 Gold Ziva, Kerry Hogan, Scott O'Toole painter. Reserves: 9 Astound Ya, Gloria Falla, 10 Lukaku, David Litzow.

What's a little ironic is that Casey and Alan Dargusch operate the Golden View Greyhound Complex at Atkinson's Dam. So they have two bites at the cherry.

If Barcella, which they own and train, wins, they will pick up the first prizemoney.

If Gun Legacy wins, Golden View wins the naming rights prize.


Gold Cup looming

THE City of Ipswich Gold Cup is just around the corner.

Heats over 520 metres are tomorrow week, November 7, with the $31,500 to the winner final seven nights later.

There's a really good standard of sprinter running at Albion Park on Thursday nights in free for all races and you would imagine most will head to Ipswich for the Cup.


Cup day schedule

ON the famous first Tuesday of November next week, Ipswich greyhounds will be racing but with a later start time than normal.

The first race at the Showgrounds will be at 3.45pm. The Melbourne Cup is run at 2pm Queensland time.


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