Farewell - Ian (John) Hastie 1950- 2018

Every now and again a greyhound thrusts his paws forward and captures national attention in the mainstream media. It was during the mid-1990’s when Rummo went on a winning streak that provided the greyhound code with positive public exposure. Rummo was trained and co-owned by Ian Hastie who passed away suddenly last week, aged 68.

Ian and Rummo
Pictured: Ian Hastie with his mate Rummo

Ian Hastie was an active industry participant for numerous decades prior to him and his wife of 48 years Wendy moving over to live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in 2007. They remained there until three years ago when they returned to be to be close to their grandchildren.

Ian served time on the Auckland GRC committee for numerous years with a portion of that being the vice president. He was a good debater and he always stuck to the points he was making. Ian was also known as a strong advocate of the “grass roots” industry participants and he freely handed out advice to those new to the industry, while also being sighted helping those people in checking over their greyhounds.

Ian launched Rummo on his racing career in October 1995 when he won three consecutive Maiden non tote races by convincing margins. From there he commenced his tote racing career maintaining his unbeaten winning streak for another twelve races. Included in those wins was the 1996 Auckland Derby, which in those days was raced over 548m at the Manukau Stadium.

It was in Wanganui where Rags (kennel name) was finally defeated, however Rummo immediately bounced back to win the Group 2 Interisland Invitation at the Claudelands Showgrounds in Hamilton over 500m.

Unfortunately injury then intervened which saw Rummo being retired to stud after his next up second placing. It was an all too short racing career as Rummo only raced on 18 occasions. He won 16 of those races which saw netting $15,276 in stake earnings. The profile he created during his winning streak saw Rummo being inducted into the NZ Greyhound Hall of Fame.

It was destiny that Ian Hastie finished up with Rummo, who was bred by John Cheetman. Rummo was the runt of the March 1994 whelped litter sired by Zeal out of Notable Jazz. Ian had a keen eye for picking out puppies and he liked what he saw with the pint sized Rags at the time. How right he was!

Ian raced a number of other handy greyhounds which include Mahoe Lad and Sacred Mission. However it was Madonna Swift who provided Ian Hastie with one of his biggest racing success when she won the 1995 New Zealand Oaks on the QE 11 Christchurch track over 560m. Ian had transferred Madonna Swift to Craig Roberts to be prepared for the Group 1 event. Also involved in the ownership of her was the current greyhound owner and trainer Greg Pomeroy.

It was a rain lashed Manukau Stadium when in August 2006 Ian Hastie mentored Hello Awesome to victory in the Waterloo Cup at Group 1 level. She prevailed by a head margin and the weather was that bad that the race presentation was forced inside the stadium to be made. Hello Awesome visited the races 60 times which saw her winning 24 races, while being placed in another 19 races. She concluded her racing career winning $54,928 in stake earnings.

Ian Hastie had other interests away from greyhound racing. He was an elite football player, attaining national representative honours when he played six test matches for the All Whites in 1971 and 1972, scoring a goal against New Caledonia. He played National League football for the powerful Mt Wellington team for many years.

It was in 1981 when Ian and Wendy moved to Sydney for a couple of years where Ian continued playing football at a high level when he turned out for the Sydney Croatia top team, who played matches at Wentworth Park.

They returned back across the Tasman in 1983 and yes a greyhound was included in their trip. She’s Some Force turned into a fairly handy stayer, winning a number of races at the Claudelands Showgrounds.

Ian Hastie was great mates with Graeme Calverley and together with their wives went on a number of trips. “Ian was a great mate who was a very talented greyhound trainer. He had a great eye and he helped many young trainers starting out in the sport, freely giving them advice. He was partial to a drop of red wine, along with Sambuca’s which occasionally got him into strife,” chuckled Calverley.

A service for Ian Hastie will be held at 11am on Tuesday at his home, 10 Saddleton Road, Waiau Pa.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 6/08/2018 3:24:31 PM

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