The two Group 1 sprinters, El Galo and Fedex; have taken early leads in the AGRA rankings, over stayers Lilley Criminal and Gunnadoo Magic.
Displaying the obvious bias in the rankings toward Group 1 racing and sprinters, El Galo and Fedex share the lead courtesy of El Galo’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup Heat and Final win, and Fedex’s Silver Chief win and National Derby Semi Final second behind Genista Thunder.
Meanwhile Gunnadoo Magic has racked up two Group wins at Group 2 and Group 3 level and is undefeated this year in 4 runs, all at Group Racing level and yet is still 20 points in arrears of the sprinters.
Quite rightly Gunnadoo Magic was named January Greyhound Of The Month and the AGRA may have to review their rankings system yet again, as it does seem quite unfair that Fedex can race only twice at Group 1 level for a 1st and 2nd and be 20 points ahead of a Group Racing performer who is undefeated in four runs, all at Group level.
The other stayer Lilley Criminal shares 3rd ranking with Gunnadoo Magic courtesy of her Group 1 Association Cup Heat and Final wins. A better record than that of Fedex and yet still 20 points behind that dog.
Listed below are the rankings as they stand at the end of January 2009. The ranked positions are determined by a points system applied to group races on a sliding scale of points first to eighth.