Another Successful Season Completed


Another action-packed season of greyhound racing has concluded. It was highlighted by numerous outstanding performances delivered by the canine athletes and human participants throughout. The season will be celebrated at the annual GRNZ Awards evening at Te Papa in Wellington on Saturday 19 October, where the winners of eight judged awards will be announced. That includes the awarding of the greyhound code's ultimate award - the 2018/19 New Zealand Greyhound of the Year.


Pictured: Dyna Dave who completed the 2018/19 racing season as the highest stake earning greyhound with the $137,071 he won


Awards already decided are the various points based racing categories, the Dam and Sire winners, plus also the Trainers' title holders. Here’s a look back at those areas.


The greyhound who won the most races over the season was the Lisa Cole-prepared consistent Friday evening Hatrick sprinter Sir Duggie who was successful in 24 of his 40 sprint races (nine minors), which included the Group 1 $30,000 The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint title. His kennelmate Bigtime Pete concluded his season winning 22 of his 42 race day (11 minors) outings.


Third overall in wins was Dyna Dave with his 21 wins from his 43 races (15 minors) for his conditioner Craig Roberts. Dyna Dave was the highest stake earning greyhound throughout the season accumulating $137,071 in stakes.


Finishing second on the stakes earning table was Dyna’s Dave’s staying kennelmate Dyna Weslyn who helped herself to $127,976 in stakes (excluding the $12,240 she won in Melbourne). The pair of Group 1 victories that Diddilee won assisted him to his season’s total of $111,959 for his trainer Angela Turnwald, while the other greyhound who cracked the six figure barrier was the Lisa Cole-trained Trojan Hoarse who was also the winner of two Group 1 races, and that saw him finishing with $102,587.


The separate points based racing categories saw three sprinters from the Lisa Cole kennels dominating the NZ Sprinter Greyhound of the Year section. It was Sir Duggie who wrapped up this section with the 121 points he amassed. Runner up to him was Bigtime Pete on 113 points, while Bigtime Eve was third with her 94 points.




The NZ Sprinter Greyhound of the Year title was won by Sir Duggie (left), over Bigtime Pete and Bigtime Eve.


The NZ Middle Distance Greyhound of the Year section went into the final few days of the season which resulted in this section finishing tied. The stylish Amazing Chase win by Dyna Dave for Craig Roberts saw him leading into the final week with his 118 points.


Karen Walsh presented her smart chaser Thrilling Talk at the Manawatu Raceway on Monday July 29. A win by him in his 457m event would have assured him of victory in this section. He finished second and the two points gained by him saw his final point tally also finishing at 118 points. Trojan Hoarse was just in behind in third on 113 points for Lisa Cole.




The NZ Middle Distance Greyhound of the Year was tied between Dyna Dave (left) and Thrilling Talk, while Trojan Hoarse finished third.


It was the opposite scenario in the NZ Distance Greyhound of the Year section, which was utterly dominated by Dyna Weslyn for Craig Roberts. Her 102 points was aided by her winning two Group 1 staying races, plus also the Addington 645m and 732m track records she broke during the season. Perfect Result was the runner up on 52 points for his trainer Ray Adcock, while the Karen Walsh prepared Dusty Gambler was third with his 43 points.




The NZ Distance Greyhound of the Year title was convincingly won by Dyna Weslyn with Perfect Result finishing second ahead of the third placed Dusty Gambler


It also went down to the wire to decide the NZ Bred Greyhound of the Year. The July 29 410m Manawatu Raceway win that Bigtime Pete landed saw him take his points up to 121 points for Lisa Cole and in doing so he nudged his kennelmate Trojan Hoarse back to second with his 119 points. Thrilling Talk with his 457m second at the same meeting saw him winding up with 118 points.



The NZ Bred Greyhound of the Year title was taken out by Bigtime Pete, over Trojan Hoarse and Thrilling Talk.


The strong late season form shown by the progeny of Night Pearl (Magic Spike – Rosieanna Belle) saw her making a late run to claim the NZ Dam of the Year title for her owner Tony Potts. She was represented by ten runners during the season and they combined to win 88 races ($168,522).


The 15 greyhounds representing Ocotillo (Collision – Shemar) during the season saw her setting the pace until the final couple of months of the season. Her progeny provided her with 81 winners ($249,557). Molly Paisley (El Galo – Sophia’s Destiny) has been a consistent producer for a long time. She was represented by 13 greyhounds during the season and they combined to contribute 77 winners ($168,105) for her.




The NZ Dam of the Year is Night Pearl (left) while Bigtime Cooper and Bigtime Leads both won races for their mum


It was a fascinating battle on the Sires table. As usual the top of the table was dominated by Australian based sires and quite increditably Barcia Bale ($1,451,601 – 180 runners) and Fabregas ($1,442,005 – 150 runners) tied with both sires completing the season having sired 552 New Zealand race winners each.


The New Zealand based sires saw the emerging Dream Collector leave the winners of 212 winners ($461,345 – 71 runners). Magic Spike will be missed as he left the winners of 166 races ($335,309 – 88 runners) and the same comment applies to the 2017/18 NZ Sire of the Year Yella Mustard who also left 166 winners ($453,812 – 61 runners).


Breaking the Sires list down further to the NZ bred sires sees the evergreen Winsome Opawa completing the season siring 58 winners ($142,764 – 26 runners). Above All was responsible for 55 race winners ($140,068 – 19 runners), while Captain Coutts made his mark by leaving the winners of 50 races ($77,996 – 16 runners).




The leading NZ Registered/Base Sire was Dream Collector (left) and winning races for him included Nexus and Hankenstein   




It was a record breaking season for Lisa Cole as she produced the winners of a staggering 861 races. In doing so she demolished the previous record of training the most winners in a season which she previously held jointly with John McInerney on 803 winners.


The Palmerston North based kennels came up just shy of breaking her record for stakes won, concluding the season with an impressive $2,086,345, which was just a tick over $3,000 short of her record. 170 greyhounds raced from the Cole kennels and they placed in a further 1,081 races.


John McInerney was the runner up with the 591 winners prepared from the twin kennel operation. Team McInerney produced 230 greyhounds to race and after adding in another 1,419 minor placings saw the kennels completing the term with $1,217,843 in stake earnings.


It was the usual occupation at the top of the national Trainer’s table with the Canterbury based Dave and Jean Fahey kennels coming in next with their 265 winners. The 85 greyhounds they mentored during the season placed in a further 329 races with the kennel stake earnings finishing on $826,382.


It was impressive to see another 14 trainer’s clock up 100 plus training wins with the leading northern region based kennels again being Ben Craik’s Drury based kennels with their 129 winners from the season. 




Bigtime Rod contributed 17 wins to the Lisa Cole 861 training tally of wins; Must Be Rusty won nine races for John McInerney, while Sheza Rippa contributed 17 wins to the Dave and Jean Fahey total


Tirau conditioner Karen Walsh is a regular attendee at the top of the national Trainer’s Strike Rate table and the 2018/19 season was no different. She again was clearly superior in this section with her outstanding final UDR figure of 0.4819. 28 greyhounds from her kennel contested 362 races, winning 121 of them. Her runners finished second 65 times, while she produced 52 third place getters. The kennel stake earnings finished up on $362,252. It’s no wonder that Karen Walsh is regarded as the “punter’s best friend”.


It was a fantastic effort by the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels to finish second on this table with their UDR figure finishing at a tidy 0.4290 from the kennel figures detailed above. A late run from Australian imported greyhounds saw Cambridge trainer Peter Henley slip into the third placing. His kennel was represented by just seven greyhounds and they combined to win 23 races from their 89 races. They placed second in 14 races and they also ran another 14 thirds, which all added up to a 0.3983 UDR finish.




A leading contributor to the Karen Walsh winning Strike Rate was Thrilling Amigo, as was the NZ Cup winner Bago Bye Bye for Dave and Jean Fahey, while Isn’t She Sassy assisted Peter Henley to his third placing.


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 5/08/2019 3:51:17 PM

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