Victorian 2008 Greyhound Of The Year Finalists Named

The GRV have today announced the three finalists for the 2008 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year.

They three finalsts were trimmed from a total list of 25 nominees by a seven member anonymous panel (Australian Racing Greyhound did not have a representative on the panel). The three finalsist are :

    El Galo

  • (Male – November 2005 Where’s Pedro-Roxy Reason)
  • Race starts: 34 – 24 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds
  • Owner: Seona Hood (Pearcedale)
  • Trainer: Jason Thompson (Pearcedale)
  • Winner: Group 1 Topgun (Subject To A Stewards Inquiry); Group 1 Brisbane Cup; Group 2 Bendigo Cup; Group 2 Warrnambool Cup; Group 2 Gold Coast Cup; Group 3 Bulli Gold Cup
  • Finalist: Group 1 Australian Cup (2nd); Group 1 Paws of Thunder (3rd); Group 2 Wangaratta Cup (3rd); Group 2 Horsham Cup (5th)
    Gunnadoo Magic

  • (Female – February 2005 Token Prince-Go Shoopa)
  • Race starts: 34 – 13 wins, 9 seconds, 0 thirds
  • Owner: Benny Howe (Cook’s Gap, NSW)
  • Trainer: Robert Britton (Lara)
  • Winner: Group 2 Maidment Memorial
  • Finalist: Group 1 Australian Stayers Cup (2nd); Group 1 Galaxy (2nd); Group 1 Sandown Cup (6th); Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial (2nd); Group 2 McKenna Memorial (2nd); Group 2 Sydney Cup (5th); Group 2 Zoom Top (7th); Group 2 AWM Distance Championship (8th); Group 2 Hume Cup (8th); Group 3 Lizrene Classic (2nd)
    Regal Thyme

  • (Male – November 2005 Bombastic Shiraz-Thyme Travel)
  • Race starts: 30 – 10 wins, 4 seconds, 3 thirds
  • Owner-Trainer: Graham Long (Golden Square)
  • Winner: Group 1 Silver Chief; Group 3 Silver Bullet
  • Finalist: Group 1 Topgun (2nd – Subject To A Stewards Inquiry Could Be Declared Topgun Winner; Group 2 Temlee (7th)

In any other year El Galo would be a “moral” to win the 2008 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year, but his Topgun positive swab which is still pending GRV Stewards Inquiry, and his connections outrageous display which sparked the Melbourne Cup Controversy may weigh heavy on the minds of the GRV power brokers.

Could they afford to put El Galo and his connections forward as Victoria’s best?

It could well be a public relations disaster once all inquiries are finalised. However, if the light sentence handed down to Jason Thompson after the Melbourne Cup Controversy is any indication; it is quite well possible they could still prevail.

The full list of 25 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year nominees from which the chosen 3 have been picked was :

  • El Galo
  • Gunnadoo Magic
  • Regal Thyme
  • Sonador
  • Tasman Queen
  • Whippy’s Image
  • Hybrid Theory
  • Just Friends
  • Paddy’s Flame
  • All Caution
  • Birthday Boy
  • Hanify’s Impact
  • Keeko Bale
  • Kendale Bale
  • Mantra Lad
  • Nitro Burst
  • One Tree Hill
  • Sky Hazzard
  • Surgeon
  • Trew Millions
  • Turanza Bale
  • Velocette

The 2008 Sky Channel Victorian Greyhound of the Year awards will be announced at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Friday 6th February 2009.

Previous winners of the Victorian Greyhound Of The Year are :

  • 1973 Lizrene
  • 1974 Temlee
  • 1975 Dynamic Dean
  • 1976 Bolta’s Gift
  • 1977 Ibrox
  • 1978 Darville’s Flyer
  • 1979/80 Tempix
  • 1980/81 Leader’s Jester
  • 1982 Flat Flyer
  • 1983 Quick Pulse
  • 1984 Sheila’s Teresa
  • 1985 National Star
  • 1986 Pharaoh’s Mask
  • 1987 Bold Trease
  • 1988 Hay Dinney
  • 1989 Fair Sentence
  • 1990 Eureka Man
  • 1991 Modern Express
  • 1992 Pace Galore
  • 1993 Diamablue
  • 1994 Light Of Fire
  • 1995 Bonjase & City Blitz
  • 1996 Wylie Boy
  • 1997 Ringside Fire
  • 1998 Totally Ablaze
  • 1999 Kantarn Bale
  • 2000 Osti’s Joker
  • 2001 Brett Lee
  • 2002 Carlisle Jack
  • 2003 Bombastic Shiraz
  • 2004 Whisky Assassin
  • 2005 Pure Octane
  • 2006 Betty’s Angel
  • 2007 Flashing Floods