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SA-bred: How times have changed

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Greyhound Racing SA’s SA-bred incentive schemes continue to reward participants who are prepared to invest in the SA product.

Owners and breeders of SA-bred winners at SA TAB tracks currently pick up $50 each on top of the stakemoney as well as receiving a bonus from the $30,000 SA-bred pool – in the case of December something like $70 each.

Elysia Bartholomew with the SA-bred Azumi Shadow.

Then there’s the SA-bred maiden payments which reward participants who get a greyhound to the track and win a race – and that’s never as easy as it sounds.

At the moment the maiden payment bonus stands at $175 but GRSA has announced that as of July 1 this will increase considerably to $1000 for the owner and breeder to share.

So, in other words, all greyhounds whelped in 2016 and onwards will be eligible for the bonus which will be paid on top of normal stakemoney.

And then there are the SA-bred races that clubs frame, with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club programming a grade five SA-bred race over 400 metres and one over 512 metres for its meeting on Sunday, February 19.

GRSA’s SA-bred scheme was introduced as an incentive to breed more SA litters and for interested participants to purchase the local product.

But in the 2016 period of June to November only 20 litters were whelped – a far cry from 30 years ago when that many, or more, would be whelped in a month.

In fact, 23 were listed in the whelping notices for December 1986 with one litter – Ben Nerrin x Tara Rua – being bred by the now MGGRC president Steve Bartholomew who back then resided in Howard Street, Mount Gambier.

One of the pups, purchased by former local greyhound man Bert Hogan, raced as Ashanti Silver and at one stage strung together 11 wins in succession at Mount Gambier, Warrnambool and Horsham.

To this day, Bartholomew, now based at Worrolong, continues to breed and race greyhounds in partnership with his wife Lee – Azumi Shadow (Cosmic Chief x Azumi Touch) lining up in a heat of tomorrow’s General Destini Summer Classic.

Going back even further, it’s interesting to note that in the first six months of 1981, 48 SA stud dogs had sired 80 litters with these figures not taking into account litters whelped by SA bitches served by interstate sires.

No SA-bred incentives needed back then!



The Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club is to sponsor a race day at Tara Raceway.

The support will follow previous involvement with the Gawler, Strathalbyn and Angle Park clubs.

AGRC secretary/treasurer Gavin Harris said this week it was anticipated that an extra $75 would be added to all but the main race of the day.

AGRC secretary/treasurer Gavin Harris.

“As far as the main race is concerned – and that can be either a sprint or distance – we will add $150 and donate a presentation rug and trophy,” he said.

The AGRC-sponsored day is likely to be on Sunday, April 30, a week after the club’s ANZAC meeting.

Harris said the AGRC provided sponsorship to SA greyhound racing events and also contributed to the John Gray Memorial each year.

“In addition, we worked with GRSA on a project to provide cooler water to the wash down bays at Angle Park, donated money to the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) and to GRSA to provide matting for dogs in the Angle Park car park during hot weather.”

Harris’s involvement in greyhound racing is not simply confined to secretarial work as he is currently enjoying much success with Worm Burner’s sister Springvale Bryne, a winner of 26 races and $104,000 in stakemoney.

He also enjoyed tremendous success with recently-retired super stayer Luna Jinx who won 29 races and $260,000 in stakemoney.

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