2016 Greyhounds of the Month

January 2016

The greyhound of the month for January was Mrs Bubbles for trainer Matthew Payne who had super month of racing which included 3 wins and a placing from 4 starts. 

The daughter of El Grand Senor and Kiowa Angel started the month of with a strong win in the heats of the listed SA Sprint Championship where she ran a slick 29.78 after leading most of the way. She started one of the favourites in the final and after racing second for most of the trip she knuckled down in the shadows of the post to claim victory in a flying 29.72 showing her determination to win.

She then ran a blistering 29.43 at headquarters in winning by over 6 lengths before finding trouble early and finishing third against metropolitan open company at Angle Park in late January. 
At the end of the month Mrs Bubbles record stood at 53 starts with 24 wins and 13 placings, and earnings just over $73,000. 




February 2016

The greyhound of the month for February was Worm Burner for trainer Cameron Butcher who was undefeated for the month winning all 4 starts including the feature SA St Leger in brilliant fashion.
 The son of Oaks Road and Little Looper started the month of with a strong win in the heats of the SA St Leger running a slick 29.94. He then went quicker in his semi final running a flying 29.70 however his superb performance in the final saw him run a blistering 29.57 when he came from midfield to score by 3 lengths. He finished the month of in grade 4 company with another dazzling run home time, stopping the clock at 29.83 in winning by almost 6 lengths. At the end of the month Worm Burner’s record stood at 26 starts with 16 wins and 6 placings and earnings just under $58,000

 


March 2016

In a tough month of voting the greyhound of the month for March was Luna Jinx for trainer Gavin Harris who edged out Coorong Kid, Hukanui and Menzel Boys. She won three of her four starts highlighted by a strong win at the Meadows and a sizzling performance at Angle Park.

The daughter of Velocette and Hannah’s Jinx started the month of in Victoria with a brilliant win at the Meadows. She was handicapped last out of the boxes and was able to win, running home powerfully in a flying 42.41 for the 725m journey. Her next start was also under handicap conditions at the Meadows where she failed to fire and could only manage sixth.

She returned to SA with a bang recording a blistering 42.90 over the 731m in winning by over 8 lengths and being just a tick outside her personal best ever. She backed that up the following week with another solid win by 8 lengths in a slick 43.13 and looks on target for the Group 1 Galaxy in Peth this month.

At the end of the month Luna Jinx’s record stands at 67 starts with 24 wins and 20 placings, and earnings around $220,000.

 


June 2016

In another strong month of racing the judges were taken with the successful performances of Fabregal in the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity series awarding her the monthly award for April.

Trained by Robyn Mackellar the daughter of Fabregas and Allinga Aye Jay had two starts for month winning both in fine style in the sunshine state.  She started the month of with a sizzling win in the Group 2 heats at Albion Park running a blistering 29.91 for the 520m journey.

She then started a warm favourite in the final after drawing the red box. She began well however was almost headed on the first turn before kicking up and leading into the back. From there she held all her challengers at bay winning by 1 length in a solid 30.02 and taking the winners cheque of $47,250.

At the end of the month Fabregal’s record stands at 22 starts with 15 wins and 7 placings, and earnings around $65,000. 

 

 



May 2016

Fabregal made it back to back monthly awards after she was awarded Greyhound of the Month for May on the back of her outstanding performances in the Group 2 WA Oaks Series at Cannington. 
Trained by Robyn Mackellar the daughter of Fabregas and Allinga Aye Jay had 4 starts for month winning on one occasion and running three consecutive seconds.  On her return back from Queensland she started the month of with a brilliant win in a Grade 5 heat at Angle Park running a superb 29.39 for the 515m journey. She started favourite in the final and found some trouble running a handy second in slick time.
This topped off her preparation nicely for a tilt at the Group 2 WA Oaks. In the heats at Cannington she ran second after drawing wide on the track to qualify for the bitches feature and in the final she started a warm favourite after drawing box 3. She began well and almost found the lead however had to sit just off the pace before running home strongly to just fail in finishing second in the Group 2 feature. 
At the end of the month Fabregal’s record stands at 26 starts with 16 wins and 10 placings, and earnings just under $80,000. 

 



June 2016

Greyhound of the Month for June was the Ben Rawlings trained Wilba Beast who secured enough votes from the Judges to claim the monthly award. 

The son of El Galo and Mighty Chaos won three races in June and was placed on one occasion from his four starts.  His highlight came early in the month by winning the Group 3 Howard Ashton Final at headquarters in impressive fashion when he was able to lead throughout and defeat a top quality line up. He lit up the track with a brilliant 29.66 win and then followed that with a 29.95 win in Grade 5 company the following week.

He then headed to Gawler in preparation for the rich Gawler Produce series and ran third in a top quality mixed 4/5 event before starting long odds on in the heats of the Gawler Produce in late June. He won in a slick 30.98 stamping himself as one of the main chances for the feature series. 

At the end of the month Wilba Beast’s record stands at 29 starts with 17 wins and 7 placings with earnings over $50,000. 

 

 


 

July 2016

Greyhound of the Month for July was the Robyn Mackellar trained Fabregal who collected her third monthly award in the last four months after some terrific performances in July. 

She now must be one of the top chances for the prestigious Greyhound of the Year award at the end of the season. The daughter of Fabregas and Allinga Aye Jay won three races in July with the highlight being the rich Gawler Produce Final. She went through the series undefeated and was brilliant in the final running a sizzling 30.59 for the 531m journey. She then ran second in a Free For All event at headquarters before heading across the border to take on the Victorians. She sizzled at Sandown over the 515m in a slick 29.55 when she won as she liked and then 4th in strong Grade 5 Metropolitan race also at Sandown. In her 35 lifetime starts this was the first time she didn’t run in the first three placegetters which is a credit to her trainer and her determination. 

At the end of the month Fabregal’s record stands at 35 starts with 23 wins and 11 placings, and total earnings over $100,000. 
 



August 2016

 

The Cameron Butcher trained Worm Burner was awarded the Greyhound of the Month for August where he had a super month of racing in winning all 4 starts with the highlight being the 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Final.

The son of Oaks Road and Little Looper started the month of with a slick 29.62 win at Angle Park before easily accounting for his rivals in the State Heats of the Nationals running a flying 29.52. As a hot favourite in the State Final he ran a blistering 29.53 catapulting him into second favourite for the Group 1 National Final. After a brilliant beginning he left his rivals in his wake running a sensational 29.17 in winning by almost 6 lengths at Group 1 level stamping him as the next big thing in greyhound racing.


 

September 2016

The award for the Greyhound of the Month for September was won by Worm Burner for yet another outstanding month of racing where he had 5 starts for 3 wins and 2 placings.

The son of Oaks Road and Little Looper won in a slick 29.25 early in September and then backed that up with a 29.52 win both at headquarters. He then was surprisingly beaten on two occasions when he drew inside boxes with slow beginning’s costing him dearly however he was still able to run home in blistering times. His final start for September was in the final heat of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup where many local hopes were on the champ to qualify for the State’s biggest race. He didn’t let them down finding plenty in the concluding stages to claim handy Victorian Bruce Tycoon in the shadows of the post for a stirring victory.

  


 

October 2016 

In a brilliant month of racing, voting was tight between two of SA’s best chasers Fabregal and Worm Burner to see who would be declared the monthly winner for October. 

After votes were counted it was the Robyn Mackellar trained sprinting star Fabregal who just edged out her rival giving her an outstanding 4 monthly awards for the year. She started the month of with a solid placing at headquarters before switching her attention to Gawler and the feature races on offer. She was brilliant in winning the Gawler Anniversary Cup and then took out her heat of the Group 3 Gawler Cup in easy fashion by 2½ lengths in a slick 30.70. Fabregal was heavily supported in the final and she didn’t disappoint in winning by 1½ lengths in a sizzling 30.63. She was undefeated over the 531m at Gawler winning all her 10 starts. She won three of her four starts for the month taking her record to the impressive 26 wins and 17 placings from just 45 starts with prizemoney of almost $140,000.

 

 


 

November 2016 

Greyhound of the Month for November was the Cameron Butcher trained Worm Burner who along with Fabregal has now won his fourth Greyhound of the Month award for the year. 

He had an unbelievable month of racing highlighted by his Group 1 Melbourne Cup placing where he ran a sensational third.
He started the month off by running 4th and last in the Group 2 Shoot Out at Sandown however just to be invited was a terrific achievement. He bounced back to his brilliant best by taking out a heat of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at his next start and silenced anyone who wanted to knock his standing on the national scene. He showed again how good he was by running a blistering third against the best chasers in the land when he was slow out and rocketed home in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup Final.  He headed back home and looked a beaten proposition mid race at Angle Park however his class prevailed and he chalked up another win at headquarters.
At the end of the month Worm Burner had won 35 races from his 56 lifetime starts, with 13 placings and prizemoney almost $280,000.
Subsequently after his last run Worm Burner who has built up a cult following suffered a spider bite resulting in him being in the vets for 4 days before being sent home to recover. Currently he is still on antibiotics but everything is going well. The Butchers are very hopeful greyhound fans can see the champ back racing again shortly however their main concern is his health and that seems very positive. 


 

December 2016

Greyhound of the Month for December was the Cameron Butcher trained On Fire who showed his potential with a dominant performance in the Group 3 Brian Johnstone Final. 

The son of Bekim Bale and Alana Blues started the month off with a bang when he proved far too strong for a quality line up in the Brian Johnstone Final. He ran a sizzling 29.52 in winning by almost 10 lengths in a dominant display. He then backed up in a Juvenile event at headquarters when he was far from disgraced in running second behind High Eden Snow when his own personal time was a flying 29.57. On Fire then took on the Victorians in their backyard when he competed in the Group 1 Silver Chief heats at the end of the month. He had no luck at The Meadows running a handy 4th but showed he is a greyhound on the way up. 
At the end of the month On Fire had won 9 races from his 16 lifetime starts, with 4 placings and prizemoney over $35,000.