2017 Greyhounds of the Months

January 2017

The greyhound of the month for January was newly crowned 2016 Greyhound of the Year, Worm Burner for trainer Cameron Butcher, who had another super month of racing which included 2 wins from 3 starts. 

The son of Oaks Road and Little Looper started the month of with a surprising 4th placing at headquarters when he never really go into the race. As all champions do, he bounced back with a strong win a heat of the listed SA Sprint Championship where he ran a slick 29.77 after running home powerfully just off the pace. He started the punters elect in the final from the red box and began extremely well to lead and from there was able to dictate terms.  He went down to the wire winning by 6½ lengths in a flying 29.53 justifying his title as the best sprinter in SA.

At the end of the month Worm Burner’s record stood at 60 starts with 38 wins and 13 placings, and earnings just over $300,000. 

 


 

February 2017

The greyhound of the month for February was Bogie Bekim for trainer Ben Rawlings who had three starts for the month with one win but what a win it was taking out the Group 1 Galaxy Final in Perth.

The son of Bekim Bale and Bogie Skye kicked the month of with a super win at Cannington in the big Group 1 final. He had to dig deep against top opposition and won by a ½ length. Bogie Bekim then lined up in the Group 1 Zoom Top at the Meadows where he was far from disgraced running 5th and then took on the Super Stayers Heats running 6th. 

At the end of the month Bogie Bekim’s record stood at 42 starts with 13 wins and 12 placings and earnings just under $140,000.
 

 


 


March 2017

Greyhound of the month for March was Molly Be Nimble for trainer Cameron Butcher who won three of her four starts highlighted by her sizzling performance in the St Patrick’s Day Sprint. 

The daughter of Nitro Burst and Hope’s Up started the month of with two back to back wins at headquarters running 29.83 and 29.69 respectively. She then started the punters elect in the St Patrick’s Day Sprint and didn’t let her supporters down leading throughout in a flying 29.64 in winning by just over 1 length.
Her last start for March was at Gawler where she started a short priced favourite and was beaten in the shadows of the post after leading most of the way finishing second. 
At the end of the month Molly Be Nimble’s record stands at 41 starts with 20 wins and 7 placings, and earnings just under $35,000. 



April 2017
It was a pretty clear choice for the judges in April with Bogie Bekim dominating their first preferences after some brilliant performances.

 

Trained by Ben Rawlings the son of Bekim Bale and Bogie Skye had 4 starts for the month with 3 wins and 1 second. 
 He started the month of with an outstanding win in a heat of the Group 1 Association Cup at Wentworth Park where he ran a brilliant 41.96 and would start one of the favourites in the feature stayers final. Against a top class field Bogie Bekim was brave in defeat running second in the Group 1 showing his class on the national stage. He returned to SA to compete in the SA Distance Championship series where he proved far too strong for his competition on home soil. He won his heat in 43.11 and then went quicker in the final running a sizzling 43.08 in winning by over 4 lengths.
At the end of the month Bogie Bekim’s record stands at 49 starts with 18 wins and 14 placings and earnings around $180,000.

 



May 2017

Greyhound of the Month - May was the Cameron Butcher trained On Fire who was undefeated for the month winning all four of his starts.

 

The son of Bekim Bale and Alana Blues won all his races in May on Thursday nights in Free For All company and enhanced his reputation as the best sprinter in SA at present. He won by almost 5 lengths in 29.79, then by almost 8 in a sizzling 29.44, then by 2 ½ lengths in 29.77 and then in a flying 29.69 in winning by almost 5 lengths. His racing style of sweeping home in brilliant fashion has made him a fan favourite with the local industry.

At the end of the month On Fire’s record stands at 34 starts with 19 wins and 11 placings, and earnings just under $80,000.

 


 

 

June 2017

Greyhound of the Month for June was the Cameron Butcher trained On Fire who made it back to back monthly awards. 

The son of Bekim Bale and Alana Blues was undefeated in June winning all 5 of his starts at headquarters in Free For All company.  He was unstoppable winning over the 515m on each occasion with winning times ranging from 29.63 to 29.78 making it 10 straight wins in a row.

At the end of the month, On Fire’s record stands at 39 starts with 24 wins and 11 placings with earnings over $94,000.



July 2017 

 

Greyhound of the Month for July was again the Cameron Butcher trained On Fire who made it three in a row for the monthly awards. 

It was quite a bit tougher this month with the likes of Whispering Soul, Rhynstone Teddy, Dream A Little, Striker Klinsman and Purpose Driven all challenging however the son of Bekim Bale and Alana Blues was given the nod by the judges. On Fire had 4 starts at headquarters in Free For All company with three wins and a second.  He was amazing when coming from last to win early in the month running 30.01 and then blitzed his rivals in a sizzling 29.56. He backed that up with a 29.74 win before his run of 13 consecutive wins came to an end at the hands of High Eden Frost when he was far from disgraced in running second. 

At the end of the month On Fire’s record stands at 43 starts with 27 wins and 12 placings with earnings around $105,000. 


 

 

August 2017

SA’s star chaser On Fire claimed another accolade by winning the Greyhound of the Month award for August taking out the last four monthly awards. 

He had another great month of racing with two wins and two seconds in his four starts. He won the heat and the final of the State series of the National Championships before representing SA in the Group 1 National Final at Albion Park. He ran a sizzling second behind the Queensland representative Jury in the final without having much luck early and established himself as a potential Group 1 winner. He came back to his home State and suffered an unlucky defeat at headquarters but no doubt the highlight was his Group 1 placing.

At the end of the month On Fire’s record stands at 48 starts with 29 wins and 14 placings with earnings around $140,000.


 

 
September 2017 

Greyhound of the month for September was the Petar Jovanovic trained Cairnlea Kenny who had a terrific month of racing winning two races and a second from 4 starts.

He started the month of with a 5th in the Kings and Queens final at Angle Park before bouncing back in a big way with a 9 length win in a sizzling 29.47 win at headquarters against a high quality field on the pathway to the Adelaide Cup. He then had no luck in running second behind Group 1 winner Ando’s Mac before topping the month of and his Adelaide Cup campaign with a brilliant come from behind victory at Angle Park in a slick 29.81. 

At the end of the month Cairnlea Kenny’s record stands at 27 starts with 10 wins and 12 placings with earnings around $27,000.

 


 


October 2017

Greyhound of the month for October was the Ben Rawlings trained Bogie Bekim who took his monthly awards to three after a great month of racing, winning three of his four starts.

The son of Bekim Bale and Bogie Skye started the month of with an unfortunate fall at Gawler which could have seen the star stayer off the scene for a number of months however he recovered well and was trained to the minute when he stepped out in the Premier’s Cup on Adelaide Cup final night. He won in a sizzling 43.07 by over 12 lengths and everything looked to be back on target for another Interstate campaign. He won again at headquarters the following week by 11 lengths in a slick 43.18 before heading across to Victory for the Group 2 Topgun Stayers at The Meadows in late October. Taking on one of the hottest fields seen at the venue in recent history, Bogie Bekim disregarded his $20.00 quota to run home powerfully and chase down Fanta Bale in the home straight to win in strong fashion by 1 length in 42.62. 
At the end of the month Bogie Bekim’s record stands at 59 starts with 22 wins and 17 placings with earnings around $272,000 and now has to be one of the favourites for this year’s Greyhound of the Year.

 



November 2017

 

Greyhound of the month for November was the Ken Gill trained Windmill Haze who had a terrific month of racing with 3 wins from his 5 starts highlighted by his strong win in the Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup.

The son of Barcia Bale and Contrary Mary started the month of with the Group 3 victory at Gawler. After winning his heat he drew box 1 in the final and was able to kick through and lead on the first turn. From there he went on to score a fabulous win for connections. He then won at headquarters over the 515m before stepping up to the middle distance. He was surprisingly beaten as a short priced favourite into second spot but made amends the following week over the 600m in wining by over 2 lengths. His last start for the month was an unplaced performance in open company over the 515m at headquarters. 

At the end of the month Windmill Haze’s record stands at 43 starts with 17 wins and 12 placings with earnings just over $56,000.



December 2017

 

Greyhound of the month for December was the Gavin Harris trained Zinfandel Zara who was undefeated in December winning all four of her race starts including two feature race wins at headquarters.

The daughter of Fabregas and Wikena started the month of with a blistering 29.81 win at Angle Park at just her fourth start. She then won the Doug Payne in impressive fashion against open company running a super 29.66. She headed off to Gawler as a short priced favourite and won her Grade 6 in a solid 30.89 before again heading back to headquarters for the Christmas Cup Sprint. She didn’t disappoint her followers coming from just off the pace to score in scintillating fashion by almost 2 lengths in 29.84. 
At the end of the month Zinfandel Zara’s record stands at 7 starts with 6 wins and 0 placings with earnings just over $14,000.