Paul Dolan
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Theory why females better than males

A COUPLE of theories in greyhound racing have always had me scratching my head.

One is that male dogs win a lot more races at the Capalaba straight track than females.

It's more than a theory, it's a fact.

Why that is the case I can offer no reason.

I have heard the suggestion that male dogs are bigger and stronger then females. They are certainly a few kilograms heavier, but why that makes the males win more races up the straight over 366 metres, I can't offer a theory.

Another theory, and it is also a fact, is that in long distance greyhound races, bitches win more races than males.

Again, I can offer no explanation.

The Beat Breast Cancer Cup run over 732 metres at Ipswich last Saturday was a case in point.

The Ricky Rolls trained Topaz Tan, a male dog, set a cracking early pace out in front and had a big lead of around four lengths coming to the home turn the last time.

Chasing Topaz Tan was the Peter O'Reilly trained Hot Ember, a bitch. She really put the foot to the floor in the home stretch to not only win, but score by a widening margin of three lengths.

Australia's top stayer at present, Tornado Tears, is a male.

But if you were to compile a list of the all time great stayers this country has seen, females would definitely outnumber males.

Zoom Top, a female from the 1970s, would be at the top of such a list.

Never Walk Alone

THE fundraising night for breast cancer research last Saturday was well supported in Ipswich.

Part of the promotion was a donation of $200 by the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club and Racing Queensland for each winner on the night from box eight.

The Lady Trainers Trophy was the only race all night to produce a box eight winner.

It was the Casey Dargusch trained Never Walk Alone.

Atkinson Dam-based Dargusch also trains the second placegetter in that race, Big Hero Six.

Bundy Bullet

WHILE in my local pub TAB during the week, a greyhound race was shown at the Monmore track in England.

The race was over 264 metres and that prompted a mate to ask whether that would be the shortest distance anywhere for a greyhound race.

I was able to offer the information that Bundaberg stages a race over 250 metres once a year. It is called the Bundy Bullet, for obvious reasons.

That is the shortest greyhound race of which I am aware.

Ipswich recently conducted a few Wednesday night meetings with every race over 288 metres.

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