The AGRA greyhound rankings have been released up until March 2011 and on-again / off-again stud dog High Earner has been ranked the number 1 dog in the country.
And despite being officially re-retired to stud with studmaster Paul Westerveld immediately after the finishing second in the Group 1 Australian Cup final, High Earner has been returned to Kelvyn Greenough’s kennels to contest the heats of this weekend’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg heats.
Dual Group 1 Silver Chief and Adelaide Cup winner, Kilty Lad is ranked second on 175 points, with triple Group 1 runner-up Perfect Fancy, along way back in third on 112 points.
Group 2 Cranbourne Cup and Group 1 Perth Cup runner-up Gold Heritage is the highest ranked Australian bitch in seventh position on 81 points.
Stayers Blue Lorian (6th), So Seductive (8th) and Bobby Boucheau (10th) round out the top 10 greyhounds with Group 1 National Futurity winner Crystin Bale ranked in ninth.
Significantly for Australian greyhound breeders, only two greyhounds by import sires appear in the top 25 Australian greyhounds.
Tuaiki, by Premier Fantasy is ranked in 17th position on 40 points as a result of his Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup win.
Finbar McCool, also by Premier Fantasy is ranked back in 23rd position on 35 points largely due to his Cranbourne Cup second placing.
And the old adage of short term pain for long term gain by using outcross import sires in greyhound breeding, might be in danger of dying off.
Just 4 of the top 25 greyhounds being by imported greyhound sires through the dams sire.
Crystin Bale (9th) is the highest ranked greyhound with an import dam-sire being out of Sorrento Bale by US sire Bomb Threat.
Bobby Boucheau (10th) is out of Dallas Gypsy by US sire EJ’s Douglas, while Dashing Corsair (16th) is out of Rose Flamenco by Irish sire Southern Champ; and Stanford Bale (25th) is out of Talia Bale by US sire Fortified Rush.