What You May Have Missed: Kayla Ollerton’s ‘Terrorific’ day

TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Muswellbrook trainer Kayla Ollerton had an afternoon to remember at Muswellbrook on Sunday, winning the 1-5 wins final with Lil’ Miss Terror.

“I got two winner for the day with My Mum Marie also winning and Lil’ Miss Terror in the final. I have to thank Ashleigh Harris for giving me her, she’s my first ever bitch,” Ollerton said.

“I fully got involved in greyhounds about three years ago when I was living with my father-in-law Dale Tolmie and he taught me the ropes on training including how to box and how everything works at the track.

“I have been around greyhounds since I was a baby as my nan and pop were breeders and I always went to there place to play with the puppies.

“I’m a big fan of Xylia Allen and would love to have a dog like her one day with that type of ability. Spring Gun is also one of my favourites and hopefully I’ll get a pup by him soon.

“I hope to one day have a dog or bitch that I can win one of the big races at Wentworth Park with, but all in all i just like having fun with the dogs whether they win or lose they are still my babies and get very spoilt by myself and my partner Jason Tolmie and my two boys Callum and Jaxon.”

With Kayla’s enthusiasm and passion for the industry, this young aspiring trainer will only reach further heights as she progresses throughout her career in greyhound racing.

Ipswich Auction series commences

Seven heats of the 2015 Ipswich Auction series were held on Saturday night, with the Mark Wilkes-trained War Picture taking time honours in the third heat. Beginning well from box eight, War Picture sat behind early leader Chevaleir Nuit (box six) until the home turn before hooking to the outside and storming clear to score by a length in 30.63.

The other heat winners were Torque Flight (30.93), Bogart Blend (31.16), Majestic Jester (30.74), Whata Nice Size (31.06), Waikarie Warrior (30.95), Waikarie Magic (31.16).

Semi-finals will be run this Saturday night before the $40,000-to-the-winner feature on April 4.

Paua To Roar back on the winner’s list

Dual track record holder Paua To Roar was back in the winner’s circle on Thursday night at Dapto in a heat of the Silver Collar, at what was his first 520 since finishing last in a heat of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic last October. Beginning well from box five, the son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt clocked 29.85 in claiming his 13th win at start 22.

Hey Franklin out to steal the Easter Purse

All eyes will be on the Ted Medhurst-trained Hey Franklin this Thursday night when the boom sprinter contests the final of the Easter Purse at Hobart over 461-metres. The younger half-brother to Devonport Cup winner Dark Vito by Go Wild Teddy out of Carlita Bale scored in 26.31 when taking out his heat last week and has now won three of his four career starts to date.

More Stakeholder Forums To Come in NSW

Interim GRNSW CEO Paul Newson will conduct a further nine public forums sessions over the coming weeks for all participants to find out the latest information in regards to what is happening within the industry following on from the live-baiting scandal.

The following dates and venues have been selected:

  • Richmond – 25 March at 2.45pm
  • Dubbo – 26 March at 11.25am
  • Goulburn – 7 April at 1.40pm
  • Gosford – 14 April at 6.05pm
  • Dapto – 16 April at 6.25pm
  • Lismore – 21 April at 5.55pm
  • Wauchope – 9 May at 12pm
  • Wagga – 15 May
  • Gunnedah – 23 May at 12.25pm

The first forum was held at Cessnock back on the 8th of this month and had a great turnout of participants, with smaller numbers predicted for the future sessions.

Sal Perna also meets with participants

Victoria is taking a similar approach to consultation as NSW, with Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna set to conduct a series of presentations throughout April.

The dates are as follows:

  • Geelong – 9th April at 11am
  • Shepparton – 14th April at 7pm
  • Bendigo – 15th April at 11am
  • Horsham – 15th April at 7pm
  • Ballarat – 16th April at 11am
  • Warrnambool – 20th April at 7pm
  • Melbourne – 21st April at 6pm
  • Cranbourne – 22nd April at 11am
  • Sale – 22nd April at 7pm
  • Mildura – 27th April at 7pm
  • Swan Hill – 28th April at 7pm