2019 Greyhounds of the Month

January 2019 

Greyhound of the Month award for January went to the Tony Rasmussen trained Shima Breeze who only needed one start for the month to take out the award but what a win it was in the 2019 SA Sprint Championship Final. 

Shima Breeze was all set to compete in the heats of the SA Sprint Championship however due to mechanical failure with the lure system at Angle Park this race was abandoned. As per the rules of racing she was balloted into the final from her heat. After drawing perfectly in box 1 she started a raging hot favourite for the time honoured event and after showing brilliant speed to lead she ran away from her rivals in a blistering 29.30.

At the end of the month Shima Breeze’s record stood at 29 starts with 14 wins and 11 placings and earnings around $77,000. 

 


 

February 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for February went to the Tony Rasmussen trained Shima Breeze, who made it back to back awards in the first two months of this year after she had another great month of racing on the big stage.

Shima Breeze started the month of with a strong win at The Meadows in Grade 5 company running a slick 29.89. She was then selected into a heat of the Group 1 Australian Cup, considered one of the hardest races to win on the National calendar. She ran brilliantly to lead for most of the race before being run down in the shadows of the post by Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner, My Redeemer. Her time of 29.78 was quick enough to have her declared the first reserve for the prestigious event in early March and with a scratching in the event she took her place with Group 1 company.

At the end of the month Shima Breeze’s record stood at 31 starts with 15 wins and 12 placings and earnings around $85,000. 

 


 

March 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for March went to the Steve Bartholomew trained Galactic Athena whose highlight for the month was winning the Mount Gambier Cup final on her home track at only her 6th lifetime start. 

The daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball started the month off with a surprising defeat at Murray Bridge as a short priced favourite when running second after she came up from the South East with high expectations. She confirmed the boom on her with a scintillating win in her heat of the Mount Gambier Cup when she came up against highly seasoned sprinters and won well in a slick 29.58 to progress through to the final. In the final she drew box 2 and raced just off the pace but she knuckled down in the final straight to win in fine style, in a flying 29.43 and giving her trainer and connections one of their biggest thrills in racing.

At the end of the month, Galactic Athena’s record stood at only 6 starts for 4 wins and 2 placings and earnings around $18,000 and certainly looks to have a bright future ahead. 

 


 

April 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for April went to Waterloo Monelli who just edged out Cawbourne Swade and Allinga Val in a tight month of voting. 

The son of Fernando Bale and Bingle Monelli started the month of with a good 600m victory at headquarters running a slick 34.78 and setting his sights on the Easter Cup series. He stepped out in the heats and was very impressive in winning when having to work hard to catch the leader, Unmistakable in the shadows of the post, again breaking the 35 seconds barrier. In the Easter Cup final he was well supported and showed very good speed to lead and from there he was in no danger going on to win by over 7 lengths in a flying 34.74.

At the end of the month Waterloo Monelli’s record stood at 67 starts for 17 wins and 29 placings and earnings around $90,000. At the end of the month he changed kennels from Tony Rasmussen into the care of Troy Murray and looks like he will continue on his winning ways.

 


 

May 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for May went to Querencia for trainer Kirin Corby which unanimously received all seven first preference votes from the judging panel on the back of him being undefeated throughout May, highlighted by his brilliant Group 3 Howard Ashton victory late in the month.

The son of Dyna Double One and Irish Keepsake has always been considered one of the most exciting young chasers in the land and proved his talent racing through the Howard Ashton series without tasting defeat. He won his heat by over 13 lengths at Angle Park running 29.30, with that time considered one of the 15 fastest of all time. He then won his semi-final by 8.5 lengths in a blistering 29.34 before being a red hot favourite for the final. He missed the kick and had to work hard to challenge for the lead but by midrace the Group 3 feature was in his keeping going on to win by 3 lengths in an amazing 29.49, considering he missed the start. 
At the end of the month Querencia’s record stood at 9 starts for 6 wins and 2 placings and earnings around $37,000 and is now considered the most exciting young chaser in the land.

 


 

June 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for June went to More Rum Bateman for trainer Kevin Murnane, which won 3 of his 4 starts for the month, highlighted by his outstanding win in the Shane McQueen Final in early June.

The son of My Bro Fabio and Miss Tupelo started the month off in fine fashion taking out the prestigious Shane McQueen after a blistering final section where he out sprinted his rivals to score a great win. He backed that performance up with two more 600m victories at headquarters before a handy second again over the 600m at Angle Park.

At the end of the month More Rum Bateman’s record stood at 44 starts for 8 wins and 15 placings and earnings around $25,000.

 


 

July 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for July went to Spring Cuervo for trainer Troy Murray which was undefeated in all four of his starts in July.

The son of Kinloch Brae and Spring Grace started the month with a sizzling 29.77 win at headquarters in Grade 5 company before stepping up to mixed company and repeating the dose with a slick 29.83 win the week later. His next start was in Open company and again showed his ability by taking care of our best sprinters in a flying 29.78. His last start for the month was in a Heat of the Group 3 Darwin Cup where he won again and would start one of the favourites in the Group 3 final a week later.

At the end of the month Spring Cuervo’s record stood at 23 starts for 10 wins and 5 placings and earnings around $22,000.

 


 

August 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for August went to Road Travelled for trainer Steven Brook which was undefeated in all four of his starts in August.

The son of Black Magic Opal and Lemon Tree Girl won a Mixed 4/5 event at Angle Park in a flying 29.93 before heading off to Murray Bridge. His next two starts produced two big wins over the 395m, running a slick 22.26 and then a track record performance of 21.90 when he won by almost 4 lengths. He finished the month of in fine style with a sizzling 29.79 win in a heat of the King and Queens at Angle Park.

At the end of the month Road Travelled’s record stood at 28 starts for 11 wins and 2 placings and earnings just over $20,000.

 


 

September 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for September went to Oakvale Beauty for trainer Nathan Wilson which had two starts for the month with one win however that victory was in the Group 3 SA Oaks final where she was impressive in winning.

The daughter of Kinloch Brae and Oakvale Destiny started the month of in a heat of the Oaks where she ran a gallant second. She then stepped out in the SA Oaks final where she showed plenty of determination to run down Kisses For Cloda in the shadows of the post and claim victory in a sizzling 29.58. She replicated the feats of her mother which won the SA Oaks in 2014.
At the end of the month Oakvale Beauty’s record stood at 17 starts for 9 wins and 8 placings and earnings just over $50,000 with her never missing a top 3 in her career.

 

 


 

October 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for October went to Alicante Bouchet for trainer Ben Rawlings which had four starts for the month with 1 win and 2 placings with the highlight being her outstanding performance in the Group 2 Allstars final at Cannington in WA where she defeated a high quality line up.

The daughter of Kilty Lad and Mighty Chaos started the month off in a heat of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup where she ran a gallant third after leading most of the way and still running a slick 29.69 personally. She then stepped out in the Consolation of the Cup running 6th after having no luck after a moderate beginning. The Rawlings camp then set off for the West for the Group 2 Allstars series at Cannington. Alicante Bouchet had performed well there in the past and showed blistering speed in her heat to just get run down in the shadows of the post in running second after leading and qualifying for the final. In the final she started double figure odds but again showed her high speed to lead the best sprinters in Western Australia. This time though there was no catching her as she opened up a big mid race lead. She won by three lengths in the Group 2 feature, running a brisk 29.75 for the 520m journey.

At the end of the month Alicante Bouchet’s record stood at 59 starts for 27 wins and 18 placings and earnings just over $100,000.


 

November 2019

Greyhound of the Month award for November went to Corbett  for trainer Petar Jovanovic which had 3 wins from his 4 starts with the highlight being his terrific performance in the Group 3 Brian Johnstone final at headquarters where he defeated a quality line up of SA bred sprinters.

The son of Fabregas and Spicy Peppa started the month in a Grade 4 event at headquarters where he ran a handy 6th as a lead up to the Brian Johnstone series. He then went to the Wednesday heats of the Brian Johnstone where he proved too strong over the concluding stages to win by a head in 30.13. He repeated the does in the semi final where he led most of the way in a handy 30.09. In the Group 3 feature he started one of the favourites and after finding the early lead he gave nothing else a chance going on to record a stirring victory by 2.5 lengths in a sizzling 29.77.

At the end of the month Corbett’s record stood at 22 starts for 8 wins and 9 placings and earnings just over $43,000.

 


 

December 2019

Greyhound of the Month for December has been awarded to Axel Footluce for trainer Ken Trowbridge who had a stellar month that included two feature final wins - the Doug Payne Final and the Kate's A Scandal Xmas Sprint.

The son of Kinloch Brae and Footluce Diva had a total of 4 starts for the month with a record of 3 wins and a second. He started the month in fine form by causing a small upset by winning the Doug Payne feature final in 29.61 seconds on December 5th. He won again the following Thursday night at Angle Park before leading all the way in the Kate's A Scandal Xmas Sprint and producing a fantastic 9 length win on Saturday December 21 again at Angle Park.

Axel Footluce has performed brilliantly for owners and breeders Melissa and Ken Trowbridge being a Group 1 winner at Wentworth Park last February and has been a consistent performer since coming back to South Australia including a third placing in the Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup. His current record stands at 19 wins and 14 placings from 53 starts with careers earnings of $150,000.