Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

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Local syndicate ready for take-off

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Local greyhound syndicate, the Southern Bar Boys – comprising Don Gordon, Diesel and Ward Leicester, Rohan Von Stanke and Dion Pannenburg – can’t take the grin off their faces after Print The Money ran second in a Launching Pad heat at Sandown Park last Thursday night and then drew box one in a $14,500 semi-final tomorrow night.

Now, Print The Money will need to run first or second tomorrow night to make it through to next week’s $210,000 Group 2 final which boasts a prizemoney breakdown of $150,000, $40,000 and $20,000.

Amanda Darmanin pictured with Red Lesta at Tara Raceway in January 2013.

This is a story that goes back to late 2008 when the syndicate purchased a fawn pup by Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher from Riverland panel beater Bruce Lellmann.

The pup would later be named Red Lesta, subsequently racing on 120 occasions for 22 wins, 34 minor placings and more than $55,000 in prizemoney.

And it seems the Southern Bar Boys were right on the money with this litter – Handsome Shiraz and Honky Tonk Girl both winning 16 races and Stack ‘Em Flat 36.

Speaking on behalf of the syndicate, Gordon said this week that Red Lesta had been unable to attract bitches after retiring and standing at stud.

“I know the stud dog business is a tough gig but we’d been hopeful of attracting a few bitches in order that he could get a few pups on the ground,” he said.

“In the end we decided to purchase a brood bitch of our own and breed a litter by Red Lesta. As luck would have it, Noel Miller, a good friend of ours, stepped in before we did anything silly.”

Miller, well known in local greyhound racing circles for many years, had a bitch called Rellim Lilly who he said the syndicate could use. By Bekim Bale x Rellim Rosie, she had shown ability but was never going to race due to injury.

So, taking heed of some literature written by leading breeder Paul Wheeler, together with the experience of Miller, the Southern Bar Boys set about breeding a litter. Mind you, Gordon is the first to admit that he did have some misgivings.

“To be honest,” he said, “we were just mugs having a go.”

In June 2015 Rellim Lilly whelped a litter of three dogs and three bitches, the syndicate keeping two black dogs to be reared by Ward Leicester at Burrungule while Miller also took a black dog.

Gordon said their two dogs – later to race as Print The Money and Don Lesta – had performed well when sent to Victoria for breaking-in and pre-training with the result that well-known Victorian trainers John Magri and his wife Michelle Mallia-Magri, of Avalon, took over their preparation.

Gordon recalled that Print The Money had always had what appeared to be a thumb print between his eyes and as he had always been called Print that’s how his racing name came about.

Des Corcoran and Barry Fullerton with Magic Fame after her win in the 1983 Mount Gambier Cup at Glenburnie.

Print The Money has now won two races and run five minor placings from eight starts while Don Lesta has had 10 starts for three wins and five minor placings. Miller’s dog, now racing as Rellim Diesel, is based in Adelaide and won at Angle Park last month.

The Launching Pad – which carries $410,000 in prizemoney over a three-week period – is for greyhounds with one to six wins and no more than 30 starts. The series also requires an entry fee of $2000 which Don Lesta actually paid for with a couple of his wins.

“This was the series that Michelle was particularly keen for Print The Money to have a crack at,” Gordon said. “It’s certainly exciting times for us as we prepare to blast off.”

Meanwhile, lining up in box seven in the same heat tomorrow night is another exciting youngster in Jimmy Newob who has won his past six starts – five of them at Sandown Park.

The son of Cosmic Rumble and Wentworth Park winner Nosey Rozy is trained at Red Cliffs in Victoria by long-time participant Barry Fullerton for the Newob Syndicate.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Fullerton was at Glenburnie where he won the 1983 Mount Gambier Cup with Magic Fame, a daughter of the imported Magic Typhoon and prolific producer Riverland Belle.

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