Toowoomba trainer on unassailable title lead
TWO greyhound race meetings remain to be conducted at the Ipswich Showgrounds this year.
Results at last night's twilight meeting or today's evening card will have no impact on the four premierships which the club conducts. The winners are already clear cut.
Toowoomba's Col Byers will again be the premier trainer. His points tally of 894 points will see a winning margin of about 100 over second-placed Peter Ruetschi. Byers won the 2015 premiership with 679 points so this year has been even more fruitful.
Amy O'Reilly has 223 points. She has three runners tomorrow night and irrespective of what happens there, will finish around 80 points ahead of Diane Hannon and Kerry Hogan in the female trainers' premiership.
The leading owner will be Greg Board, the vast majority of his runners being trained by Col Byers. Board has a margin of around 120 points over Len Antonio.
The greyhound of the year will be Harry Bailey, trained by Col Byers for Dallas Beckett of Rockhampton. The son of Brett Lee and Daydream raced 24 times at Ipswich this year for 15 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds. On the four occasions that Harry Bailey was unplaced, he finished either fourth or fifth.
What a remarkably consistent chaser he was.
Harry Bailey finished the year with 86 points. Joanne Martin's Lonesome Duk and Felicia Guymer's Cheeky Cheech are joint second on 72 points. Cheeky Cheech has box one in race eight today. Lonesome Duk has finished his year's racing.
Oh so close
THE IPSWICH Greyhound Racing Club has a competition called the Pick Seven.
The task is to pick the winners of races four to ten. It hasn't been done for nearly two years and the prize, as of last Tuesday, stood at $7,825. It jackpots $25 each race meeting until won.
Astute judge Martin Attard picked the winners of races four to nine. Unfortunately, his selection in the last race, Ima Talent, missed the start. The dog ran sixth but in a blanket finish, was only one and a quarter lengths from the winner.
You might be thinking that Attard probably tipped all the favourites. But that was not the case. The first five winners he picked were favourites Too Many Bills ($1.90), Ranger Danger ($2.25), Maury Spirit ($2.60), Magic Hornet ($1.70) and Senor's Son ($1.90). In race nine he picked $9.40 winner Cake It On. Ima Talent was at $6.50 to win the final race.
SUPERSTAR Thirty Talks heads back to the Meadows in Melbourne tomorrow night and has box eight in a semi final of the group 1 Silver Chief Classic.
The Len Antonio owned Tony Brett trained dog was a terrific winner of a heat last Saturday from box seven.
He gave the leader a decent start before powering home for a runaway win.
Thirty Talks has won $282,801 in prize money. It wasn't that many years ago that figure would have seen a dog in the top ten earners of all time.
But the prize money for feature races, particularly in Victoria, has increased so much in recent years that plenty of greyhounds are in the $200,000 plus club.
As of today, Thirty Talks is number 79 on the list of all time Australia greyhound prize money earners.
If he wins tomorrow night, where first prize is $10,000, and then the Silver Chief final for $100,000, Thirty Talks would catapult up the prize money list from number 79 to 43.
Fernando Bale is the nation's biggest earner with $1,299,370.
Thirty Talks races at 8.42pm tomorrow night.
EVENTUALLY we will all reach a point where we stop lying about our age and start bragging about it.