Thursday, October 18, 2018
While there is no award this year for the leading local greyhound dam, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club has been listing weekly updates for the dams, along with leading trainers, greyhounds and sires, on its website.
Currently, the Ian Badger Leading Trainer and the Greyhound of the Year are the two awards presented on an annual basis although as from 2019 the Leading Dam will also be part of the presentations.
It is to be hoped that next year’s Leading Dam award is as keenly contested as this year has been so far with only four points separating local brood bitches Azumi Touch, Who’s Doing What and Cryer’s Midget (now re-homed).
The Bartholomew family’s Azumi Touch (Cosmic Rumble x Elite Touch) has produced 25 winners by Cosmic Chief and Dyna Tron at Tara Raceway this year; Tracie and Karen Price’s Who’s Doing What (High Earner x No Recall) 22 by Fabregas and Knocka Norris; Tom and Margaret Cryer’s Cryer’s Midget (Texas Gold x Shady Grove Fox) 21 by Spring Gun and Spud Regis.
Two of Azumi Touch’s progeny in Azumi Ryder and Azumi Spice currently figure in the Greyhound of the Year award as does Cryer’s Midget’s son Cryer’s Plugger.
The days of the leading local stud dog are now long gone, frozen semen insemination resulting in litters being sired by greyhounds from Australia, England, Ireland and the US, as well as the occasional litter appearing by an Australian champion of another era.
A far cry from the early days of greyhound racing at Glenburnie when the race book listed local sires Kori Arc (Eric Lewis), Courtoli (Bill Ward), Forest King (Tom Pearce), Invercoe Snow (Drew McFarlane) and Kevin Jason (John King) all standing at stud at fees ranging from $100 to $120.
Even in the mid-1980s the local Adelaide weekly greyhound publication, The Leash, had its inside back page full of SA stud dog advertisements for Trevenson, Knocklaun Gold, Unique Value, Katandra King, Dingaan Flier and Red Flag – their stud fees ranging from $100 to $250.
They obviously bred them tough back then, Trevenson’s advertisement stating that “a broken hock, fractured pelvis and a broken leg did not stop this fierce chaser.”
Dingaan Flier’s studmaster, Wally Rosmann, of Two Wells, must have been keen to attract bitches for his 1984 SA Greyhound of the Year as he was offering a breeder’s bonus of a “magnificent 4 dog aluminium trailer valued at $2400 to be given to the breeder of the largest litter out of his first 50.”
Whether Dingaan Flier in fact ever sired 50 litters and Rosmann had to come up with the trailer is not known.
And there were plenty of others. Tom Frank of Two Wells was standing Acrimeteus, Crowbar Wonder, Sonny’s Windfall and Swift As Light; Hay Willie was standing at Te Whetu Lodge at Port Lincoln and John Kretschmer had brought out Spectre’s Son and Exact Pride from England to stand at stud at Two Wells.
Incidentally, Tara Raceway’s leading sires are currently Spring Gun (50 wins), Cosmic Rumble 48, Magic Sprite 42, Barcia Bale and Fabregas 41.