2020 Greyhound of the Months

January 2020

Greyhound of the Month for January was Coorong Lucy for trainer Cameron Butcher who won three of her four starts for the month which included two feature events.

The daughter of Worm Burner and Molly Be Nimble started the month off with a strong win in the Murray Bridge Oaks Final where she dug deep to win as a short priced favourite. She headed back to headquarters where she was far from disgraced in her Heat of the Listed SA Sprint Championship where she ran third. She made amends in the Final defeating a hot line up by over 12 lengths when she was able to lead throughout and run a blistering 29.52 for the 515m journey.
She finished the month of with an easy win in Juvenile company, again running sizzling time.

At the end of the month Coorong Lucy’s record stood at 25 starts for 17 wins and 6 placings and earnings around $55,000.


 

February 2020

Greyhound of the Month for February was Coorong Lucy for trainer Cameron Butcher who made it back to back awards for the start of the year after she had an unblemished record for the month winning all four of her starts.

The daughter of Worm Burner and Molly Be Nimble started the month off with an easy win in a Juvenile at headquarters running a slick 29.74 in winning by over 5 lengths. She then stepped out in the prestigious St Leger series where she was the overwhelming favourite.  She won her Heat in easy fashion by over 4 lengths in 29.82 and then produced an outstanding run in the Final to score a blistering win by just over 1 length in 29.87. Her last run for the month was a slashing win in Open company where she sizzled around the Angle Park loam in 29.50 in winning by over 8 lengths.
 
At the end of the month Coorong Lucy’s record stood at 29 starts for 21 wins and 6 placings and earnings around $71,495.


 

March 2020

Greyhound of the Month for March was Hot Sophie for trainer Tony Rasmussen who had 4 starts for the month with 2 wins and 2 placings with the highlight being her brilliant win in the listed Murray Bridge Cup final.

The locally bred daughter of Fernando Bale and Cuddletime Tears started the month off with a solid win at Murray Bridge over the 455m where she was able to lead throughout. She then stepped out with the big boys in a heat of the Murray Bridge Cup and again showed brilliant speed to lead and was just run down in the shadows of the post by boom greyhound, Querencia. She qualified for a super strong final and started one of the outsiders but again she began very well to put herself right in the firing line. She lead the hot field up and her competitor’s had every opportunity to run her down; however couldn’t, and she went on to record a stirring win by a neck in a slick 25.42. Hot Sophie then ran a strong second at headquarters towards the end of the month.

At the end of the month Hot Sophie’s record stood at 14 starts for 7 wins and 6 placings and earnings around $26,000.

 


 

April 2020

Greyhound of the Month for April was It’s A Riot for trainer Ben Rawlings who had 5 starts for the month with 3 wins and 2 placings, with the highlight being his super win in the SA Anniversary Cup Final.
The son of Barcia Bale and It’s A Bird started the month off with a solid placing at headquarters before taking on the Eastar Match Race Series. He ran a brilliant 29.58 in his match, however, missed the lead time by only .04 of a second in an outstanding performance. He then took on the Anniversary Cup series and won his Heat in fine style in a slick 29.73. He was one of the favourites for the Final and made full use of box 3, jumping well and leading throughout in one of the strongest Finals seen in recent years. He ran 29.77 in the feature and stamped himself as one of the best sprinters in the State. He rounded the month off with a very easy win at headquarters by almost 5 lengths.
At the end of the month It’s A Riot’s record stood at 27 starts for 11 wins and 8 placings and earnings around $55,000.


 

May 2020

Greyhound of the Month for June was local staying star Sir Truculent for trainer Wally Harkins who was undefeated for the month, winning all of his four starts and dominating the Thursday night schedule.

The son of Worm Burner and Establish, which was also bred by Wally, started the month off in fine style winning the prestigious Shane McQueen Middle Distance Feature over the 600mwhere he came from the tail of the field to score. He then stepped back up to his pet distance of the 731m, continuing on his winning way, winning his next three starts. He ran 42.95 in winning by 3.75 lengths, then 42.88 in winning by 13.25 lengths and then 43.00 in winning by 3 lengths, easily accounting for his opposition.
At the end of the month Sir Truculent’ s record stood at 51 starts for 22 wins and 19 placings and earnings around  $87,000. With Sir Truculent heading over the border we wish him the best of luck and let’s hope he can bring back to SA some of their money.

 

 


 

July 2020

July's Greyhound of the Month was Defy for trainer Troy Murray after an outstanding month of racing which included 5 wins from his 6 starts.

The son of Keybow and Velocity Storm is only new to SA racing and took a few starts to wind up.  He put the writing on the wall for what was to come in early July with a super second behind Boom Down at Gawler over the 643m in slick time.  He then went on a winning streak of 5 in a row with 3 victories over the 600m at Angle Park, all in sub 35 seconds, a strong win at Gawler over the 643m again in fast time and a last to first victory at headquarters over the 515m.

At the end of the month Defy’s record stood at 53 starts for 24 wins and 17 placings and earnings around  $70,000, stamping himself as one of the most exciting chasers in the State.


 

August 2020

Greyhound of the Month for August was Shadow Mist for trainer Lauren Harris which only had two race starts for the month, winning them both, but what significant races they were.

The son of Dyna Double One and Diva’s Shadow started the month off with a sizzling win in an SA Heat of the National Sprint Championships at Angle Park where he blew away his opposition in a blistering 29.33 leading throughout and winning by 9.50 lengths. He then started a red hot favourite in the SA Final and repeated the dose with a dazzling display, winning by 4.50 lengths in 29.39. This also booked his spot, if they accepted, into the Million Dollar Chase Semi-Finals in October. Connections elected to take Shadow Mist to NSW and trial at Wentworth Park leaving their options open for a return trip which is why the greyhound had only two starts for the month.

At the end of the month Shadow Mist’s record stood at 43 starts for 19 wins and 10 placings and earnings around  $53,000, with some exciting racing ahead for this star sprinter.


 

September 2020

Greyhound of the Month for September was Major Major for trainer Troy Murray which had three starts for the month, winning all three including the Group 3 SA Derby.

The son of Fernando Bale and Split Image started the month off in fine style winning a Heat of the SA Derby in a sizzling 29.71 which would see him start a warm favourite in the Group 3 feature.  After finding trouble in the Final Major Major showed his class by powering home along the inside to claim victory in a solid 29.93.  He then went to Murray Bridge for a fine win over the 455m and setting his sights on the Adelaide Cup series.

At the end of the month Major Major’s record stood at 33 starts for 19 wins and 7 placings and earnings around $57,000, establishing himself as a real star of 
the future
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October 2020

Greyhound of the Month for October was Golden Night for trainer Troy Murray which had four starts for the month, winning three races including the Group 1 TAB Adelaide Cup.

The son of Go Wild Teddy and Hilary started the month off with a brilliant 29.37 win in the Heat of the Adelaide Cup stamping himself as a real contender in the Final. He then ran a brilliant race to chase down Catch The Thief in the shadows of the post to take out the Group 1 Adelaide Cup giving Troy his second win in the feature, 14 years after Miss Spicy won in 2006. He then went to Gawler for the Group 3 series as the series favourite and didn’t disappoint in the Heats running a slick 30.67 and qualifying the fastest.   His final run of the month was a gallant second in the Gawler Cup Final where he ran home powerfully to just fail to catch his kennel mate, Major Major in the prestigious northern feature.
At the end of the month Golden Night’s record stood at 36 starts for 15 wins and 11 placings and earnings just under $100,000 making him one of the best sprinters in the State, if not Australia.


 

November 2020

Greyhound of the Month for November was Sir Truculent for trainer Wally Harkins.  Sir Truculent had four starts for the month, with one win and then two seconds at Group 1 level, representing SA in fine style on the National scene.

The son of Worm Burner and Establish, locally owned and bred, was invited to the Group 1 Topgun Stayers at the Meadows in early November and the star SA stayer ran a bold race leading most of the way to only get run down by a high quality field in the shadows of the post, running a good fifth. He then ventured back to his beloved Angle Park for his custom Thursday fill up, winning in stylish fashion over the 731m. The big races were calling him back across the border as he stepped out in the Heats of the Group 1 Bold Trease, again running a fantastic race to grab second and qualify for the Final. Beginning much better in Victoria than in SA he raced up near the speed for most of the way and when the run appeared up the inside most locals felt he could power to victory, however, it’s tough to win Group 1’s so he had to settled for an outstanding second.

At the end of the month Sir Truculent’s record stood at 71 starts for an amazing 33 wins and 23 placings and earnings just over $160,000, in the process he established himself as one of the best stayers in the country.


 

December 2020

Greyhound of the Month for December was Fly For Trix for trainer Jane McNichol.  Fly For Trix had three starts for the month, with two wins and a second capping of a fine season for the son of Fernando Bale and Weblec Rose.

In a tight month of voting Fly For Trix got the nod from the judges with the Group 3 Brian Johnstone final the main highlight. He started the month of as a red hot favourite in the Group 3 Feature and he didn’t let his supporters down winning in fine style by 1.50 lengths in a flying 29.75. He then went to the straight track at Murray Bridge winning as he liked in 19.07 over the 350m making it 8 wins in a row with a Victorian campaign on the cards. His final run for the month was in the Group 1 Silver Chief heats in Victoria where he ran a gallant second against very strong company, only beaten 2 lengths when he lead most of the way with a personal time at the Meadows of 29.87.

At the end of the month Fly For Trix record stood at 23 starts for 16 wins and 4 placings and earnings just over $50,000, with a bright future ahead for connections.