2012 SA Greyhound of the Year Award Winners

2012 Greyhound of the Year – HOPE’S UP

Hope’s Up trained by Cameron Butcher from Meningie in the State’s South East was a popular winner of the 2012 Title on Saturday night. She won more races than any other greyhound in for the 2012 season and became the first SA greyhound to win the Group 3 Coffex Coffee Oaks in 10 years with the last winner being Braakensiek back in 2002.

Her 2012 details are below –
2012 Starts 43-1sts 23, 2nds 9, 3rds 4
(SA Bred) Tr. Cameron Butcher
2012 Prizemoney $56,630
Greyhound of the Month – September – (scored votes in 3 months)
Won –Heat Breeders 2012 Prelude (1) (second in Final)
Heat Breeders 2012 Prelude (2) (second in Final)
Heat & Final Gawler Future Stars
Heat & second in Semi Final Gawler Produce (sixth in Final)
Heat & Final Coffex Coffee SA Oaks (Group 3)
Heat Sister Cities Cup (seventh in Final)
Also third in Triple M Consolation
Best Times: 29.80 (515m Angle Park)
30.95 (531m Gawler)
22.95 (400m Gawler)
31.21 (536m )
24.09 (416m Strathalbyn)

2012 SA Sprinting Greyhound of the Year – KOOMBOOYANA GIRL

2012 Starts 20-1sts 13, 2nds 4, 3rds –
Tr. Bozidar Stamenkovic
2012 Prizemoney $31,280

2012 SA Distance Greyhound of the Year – ABDON BALE

2012 Starts 25-1sts 15, 2nds 6, 3rds 1
Tr. Lisa Rasmussen
2012 Prizemoney $30,990

2012 SA Bred Greyhound of the Year – HOPE’S UP

2012 Starts 43-1sts 23, 2nds 9, 3rds 4
(SA Bred) Tr. Cameron Butcher
2012 Prizemoney $56,630

2012 Nominations Greyhound of the Year


2012 Greyhound of the Month winners

January – Joken Kihael – trainer Petar Jovanovic
February – Johnny Will – trainer Petar Jovanovic
March & December – Koombooyana Girl – trainer Bozidar Stamenkovic
April & November – Sometimes Speedy – trainer Troy Murray
May – My Little Star – trainer Bozidar Stamenkovic
June – Kalden Mayhem – trainer Troy Murray
July – Aston Thomas – trainer Ray Murray
August – Abdon Bale – trainer Lisa Rasmussen
September – Hope’s Up – trainer Cameron Butcher
October – Prank Call – trainer

2012 SA Young Person’s Achievement Award – Jayde Edwards & Jasmyn Edwards

Jayde & Jasmyn were joint winners nominated by Judi Hurley. They were nominated for their willingness to assist owners & trainers with boxing and catching greyhounds at both TAB tracks as well as at Virginia during the coursing season. A great number of trainers are dependent on the help of these two individuals. At such young ages they conduct themselves in a manner beyond their years.

2012 SA Volunteers of the Year – Bob May

Nominated by Mike Wittholz, Bob was put forward for his tireless work effort, dedication and enthusiasm to the Gawler Greyhound Racing Club and Greyhound Racing in South Australia over the past two decades. Bob served as secretary of the United Greyhound Association Committee, later merging into the South Australian Greyhound Federation for 13 years, was a member of the Inaugural Industry Consultative group and in 2004 he become the secretary of the Gawler Greyhound Racing Club where he has held that position ever since.

Throughout his time as secretary of the Gawler Greyhound Racing Club Bob has worked tirelessly to provide weekly articles for the Bunyip Newspaper and has produced and distributed a club flyer for the past 15 years. Bob’s commitment to the Gawler committee and to Greyhound Racing in this state cannot be questioned.

2012 SA Run of the Year – Abdon Bale – August

Abdon Bale trained by Lisa Rasmussen won the Run of the Year award after recieveing the most number of votes through the GRSA website for his outstanding win in the Distance SA series Final over 731m run at Angle Park on Thursday 9th August. He was slow out and midfield early before steadily making ground around the field. He had star chaser Kalden Mayhem out in front who looked the winner however Abdon Bale kept coming and grabbed the quality stayer by a nose in the shadows of the post for a brilliant win in a 43.30

2012 SA Stud Dog of the Year – Emerley Carlos – 74

Owner – Peter Hurley/Stud Master – Judi Hurley
Emerley Carlos was a high quality chaser blessed with and abundance of early speed which is a distinct trait of his progeny. He won 30 races from 80 starts with over $60,000 in prizemoney. In 2012 greyhounds sired by Emerley Carlos won 74 races. His best performers included Fire Tyson (10 wins), Avid Tyson (8 wins), Carlos Tyson (6 wins) and Emerley Wizard (6 wins).

2012 SA Brood Bitch of the Year – Teelah – 50

Owner – Ron & Joan Schadow/Breeder – Joan Schadow
Teelah had a great year, through the exploits of her litters by Where’s Pedro and Surf Lorian. The result was a total of 50 winners from Teelah during 2012. Winners out of Teelah during the year included most of the “Victa” dogs like, Victa Pedro(10 wins), Victa Tina(8 wins), Victa (8 wins) and Victa Brooke(6 wins) where most of her progeny made it to the race track and won races.

2012 SA Breeder of the Year – Karen Bearpark – 150

This was the third time this award has been presented and it is to recognize the outstanding Breeder in the State for 2012. This award is decided on a point’s basis for SA Bred greyhounds that have won races at Sky Racing meetings during 2012. Karen won this award with a record 150 points. Karen dominated the ranks with Tercel (14 wins – Dam Liza Brown), Screen Kiss (8 wins – Dam Jungle Beauty) and Contrarian (8 wins – Dam Contrary Mary) all having terrific seasons. Her SA Bred greyhounds dominated the Juvenile races in particular gaining plenty of experience and form before moving through the grades.

2012 SA Country Trainer of the Year – Don Turner – 19

This award was presented to the leading trainer at Country meetings during 2012. Don Turner won this award for the second year in a row taking out the title with 19 country winners in 2012. Port Augusta remains the only Country venue in the State where Don has been a great supporter over many years.
He had good success with his greyhounds Just Chases, Sneaky Spirit and Naveed Bale.

2012 SA Owner/Trainer of the Year – Tony Lagana – 56

Tony Lagana was the leading Owner/Trainer of the Year with a total of 57 TAB winners in 2012. His success has been brought about mainly through the exploits of his “Tyson” dogs out of his good brood bitch Avid Willow. His winners included Fire Tyson, Avid Tyson, Carlos Tyson and Tyson Willow.

2012 SA TAB Leading Trainer of the Year – Shaun Matcott – 305

Shaun Matcott was the leading Trainer of the Year, with a total of 305 winners at TAB meetings in SA during 2012. This was another fantastic training effort by Shaun who gets great support from his wife Wendy, their children and many other helpers making it a real team effort. This is the sixth time Shaun has won this title and the fourth time he has trained more than 300 winners in a season.

2012 SA Syndicate of the Year – “Don’t Tell The Boss” Syndicate

Manager – Stephen Cieslak
This is the sixth time that this Award has been presented to acknowledge an important part of the industry in Syndication. “Don’t Tell The Boss” Syndicate, managed by Stephen Cieslak won this award for the first time. The Syndicate won with a number of greyhounds during the year with Koubek (13 wins), First Call (2 wins) and It’s The Flame (1 win) winning a total of 16 races between them.

2012 SA City Strike Rate – Cameron Butcher – 39.47%

This award is based on performances for Angle Park metropolitan grade meetings. The trainer also must have a minimum of 20 starters for the year. Cameron qualified through the performances of Hope’s Up, Right Time and Big Time. During 2012 Cameron trained 15 winners from 38 starters at city meetings (APM/APK), giving him a 39.47% strike rate.

2012 Gawler Trackstar Award – Where’s Pancho – 27 starts (16/6/4)

Trainer – Richard Pearce
Where’s Pancho was a winner of 15 races with 10 placing’s from 27 starts at Gawler in 2012. He raced over 400m on 23 occasions, winning 12 of those with a best winning time of 22.52. He raced over 531m four times, winning 3 and recording a best winning time of 31.04.

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