Young Guns final tough to pick

TOMORROW night's racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds is highlighted by the running of the $16,000 Young Guns final over 520m.

Five heats were run last week.

Sharing the fastest time were Mpingo for Chris Riordon and Baygo Kysam for Peter Ruetschi.

Both ran 30.50 seconds.

Steel Rose for John Thompson scored in 30.63.

Tony Brett's Whata Nice Size continued the good run of success lately for owner Len Antonio with a 30.67 win.

Bill Elson's Cyndie's Magic came from off the pace to win in 31.19.

The box draw for the final, for which the winner earns $10,780, is: 1 Steel Rose (John Thompson), 2 Cyndie's Magic (Bill Elson), 3 Fabulous Storm (Reg Hazelgrove), 4 Cardwell (Ron Ball), 5 Whata Nice Size (Tony Brett), 6 Baygo Kysam (Peter Ruetschi),7 Just Like Tina (Ron Ball), 8 Mpingo (Chris Riordon).

Reserves are: 9 Serious Joy (Barry Morris), 10 Velocity Shirl (Peter Wilson).

Ron Ball has two runners, having had two of the fastest second placegetters in the heats.

When I first saw the name Mpingo, I thought it must be a misspelling.

Perhaps it was meant to be Mepingo.

But a check reveals that Mpingo is a tree, found mainly in eastern Africa.

Mpingo is one of the most expensive timbers in the world.

The tree takes between seventy and one hundred years to mature.

It's the preferred wood of instrument makers.

Mpingo might chop down his opposition again.


Naming knack

IPSWICH stages two Young Guns events each year.

The latest running, in August last year, was won by Happy Haswell from box four in 30.62.

The Reg Kay trained dog then went on to win the City of Ipswich Gold Cup three months later.

Happy Haswell has been sidelined for about the past six weeks with an injury.

Kay reports that the dog is back in work.

It's been well documented that Kay named Happy Haswell after the reigning Queensland greyhound racing personality of the year, Graham Haswell.

Kay has named a dog Big Show Hawko for racecaller Steve Hawkins.

Big Show Hawko made his race debut at Ipswich on Tuesday of this week and romped home by eight lengths in the slick time of 24.92.

The dog is by Outa Credit out of group one winning bitch Elite Oriental.

Kay tells me he has another maiden to race shortly.

The name of the dog is Bold As Brasch, named after racecaller John Brasch.


Jackpot winners

THE "Pick Seven" competition was won last Saturday night at the Ipswich greyhound meeting.

The object of the exercise was to pick the winners of races four to ten.

It has been jackpotting by $25 per meeting, had not been won for over two years and was worth $10, 350.

Regular Saturday night racegoers Gary Ole and James Harding decided to spend $128 to put in multiple entries in the competition and they hit the target.

They had the odds on favourite Tarks Caliber, in race ten as their only selection.

The dog romped home by eight lengths.

Clearly, Gary and James know their greyhound form.

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