Dogwatch: Winning surge puts Byers in top position

TOOWOOMBA-based trainer Col Byers has regained the lead in a seesawing Ipswich greyhound trainers' premiership.

The contest runs until the end of this year so there's a lot of racing to still be decided. But approaching the halfway mark, Byers and Lowood's Peter Ruetschi continue to dominate.

Byers has led in five winners the past week - one last Friday, one on Saturday and three on Tuesday.

Ruetschi had just one winner for the week.

The lead for Byers is nine points, which is less than two wins.

We can expect these two fine trainers to continue their great run of success and produce an absorbing contest as this year rolls on.

At today's twilight meeting at the Showgrounds, Byers has six runners and Ruetschi one.

Tomorrow night, each trainer has four runners.

The female trainers' premiership is also being keenly contested.

Di Hannon has 130 points, Joanne Price 108 and Amy O'Reilly 104 with a little over six months to run.


Auction put back

THE Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Ipswich Magical puppy auction was set for the first Sunday in August but will be put back to an October date.

Racing Queensland was in discussions with the Ipswich club proposing a change of format, a matter about which the club wasn't enthusiastic to say the least.

With the dismissal of the entire Racing Queensland board last week by the Queensland premier, some matters are going to take a bit of time to iron out - the Ipswich auction and race format being one of them.

"We hope to be in a position in about a week's time to be able to provide people with precise details of this year's auction,'' Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club manager Merv Page said.


Bad luck strikes

A LOT of people often think that the top bracket of greyhound trainers have a charmed run where seemingly little goes wrong.

The fact is - anyone can be struck down by bad luck. Take Tony Brett for instance.

Brett had two runners in last night's group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup, a race of $75,000 to the winner. They looked perfectly boxed when they landed draws of one and two.

But last Tuesday, Tuavasa Chek, the likely Cup favourite from box one, dropped a back muscle in a gallop up the straight track at Brett's Grandchester property. That's a serious injury, which will sideline the top stayer for three to five months.

On the same day, Luna Jinx injured her shoulder in what was to be her last gallops before the Cup.

"I thought I may have got her right but it wasn't to be,'' Brett said.

In a gross understatement, Brett described the drama as "very disappointing''.


My 'Dollar Dazzler'

Despite an appalling record, I am going to have another crack at tipping the winner of the famous Ipswich Cup horse race to be run at Bundamba tomorrow.

I will need to jag a decent priced winner to make up for the dud selections of recent years. So let's throw caution to the wind and tip the horse drawn the extreme outside barrier.

The "Dolan Dollar Dazzler'' for the Cup is Shotover River, to be ridden by veteran jockey Jeff Lloyd from barrier 13. The horse is currently $13 in the fixed odds market.

Let's hope it's a case of number 13 - lucky for some.

After the meeting concludes, head to the Showgrounds tomorrow night for the greyhound action from 6.33pm.


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