Thursday, August 23, 2018
It’s now been six years since the first Iron Dog series was conducted. Back then there was no 600 metre distance at Tara Raceway so the series comprised two rounds of 400 metres and a 512 metre distance stuck in the middle.
Winning the series was the oddly-named greyhound Kiss Me Donkey, who had taken more than 50 starts to win her maiden for Calum and Aaron Blake before successful in the 512 metre Iron Dog leg and the final 400 metre round.
By the time the 2014 Iron Dog came around, there was a 600 metre leg, Captain Abbott’s smart bitch Manila Express – who should soon have pups on the track – winning the final after gaining a run as a reserve.
Then, in 2015, Monty Wilson’s Boolite Bruiser and Richard Clayfield’s Upset Boy deadheated in the final, while Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock and Paraphernalia, trained by Jeff Guy, have won the past two three-distance series.
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is calling for at least two heats for this year’s Metal Worx Iron Dog, the first round to commence on Sunday week (September 2) over 600 metres, followed by 400 metres the following Sunday.
The leading pointscorers from the first two rounds will then contest the 512 metre final at Tara Raceway on Sunday, September 16. All rounds are non penalty.