Thursday, May 31, 2018
It’s been a while now since those heady days of early 2015 when rookie greyhound trainer Ben Boers of Portland won the Mount Gambier Cup with Lots Of Yap.
Both trainer and dog were virtual unknowns at the time but her win after gaining a run from box one as a reserve set the scene for further involvement from Ben and Lizzie Boers and, of course, the prospect of down the track of breeding with the cup winner.
Lots Of Yap’s bloodlines stack up pretty well, with her sire being the 2004 Irish Greyhound of the Year Premier Fantasy and her dam Have A Yap (Collision x Token Whiz) a winner of 37 races, including the 2012 Group 1 Waterloo Cup, in New Zealand.
Her first pups have been a while coming, a mix-up first time around ensuring Boers “ticked all the boxes” when she next came on season.
As far as sires were concerned, he’d been talking Nitro Burst for quite a while and in the end he was the dog that he settled on. A winner of 12 races, including the 2008 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park, from only 32 starts, Nitro Burst is a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Hotburst.
“One of the contributing factors to the mating was that I liked the match up of the dam lines of Nitro Burst and Lots Of Yap,” he said.
Last week Lots Of Yap finally whelped her first litter – two dogs and five bitches with Boers proudly declaring that “these are beautiful pups.”