It may have taken two attempts, and they had to wait until he was nearly four years of age but classy southern sprinter Trew Millions will head home to Melbourne with his first Group Race win after winning the Group One Winter Carnival Cup.
The Tina Womann trained performer, which is owned by her partner Denis Trewin, pounced on the field from the start rocketing out from box seven almost taking the lead into the first turn.
The Brett Lee – Chloe Jones dog sat behind leader High Earner heading into the back straight, settling third coming into the home turn behind High Earner and Dyna Forte.
But Trew Millions ($14) was too strong finding the front 50m from the winning post despite a late dash from runners up Turanza Bale ($6)and Dyna Forte ($7) who finished 0.5 x 0.75 lengths behind the winner in 30.17, which was the best of the night.
It’s a well deserved Group One win for the consistent chaser, who has had a string of Group final placings including seconds in last year’s Winter Carnival Cup, the Group One Brisbane Cup in December, and earlier in the year the Group One Perth Cup.
It’s also the third time the Trewin-Womann combination has prevailed in the last six runnings of the Garrards Winter Carnival Cup including Trewly Special and Big Swell.
Overwhelmed with emotion Mr Trewin accepted the trophy on behalf of the duo with Ms Womann absent from the night taking care of the rest of the pairs greyhounds at home in Victoria, where she took out five races at Warnambool on Wednesday night from just six starters.
The popular Trew Millions has earned a bevvy of fans for his consistent abilities, including an offer to buy the top sprinter for $1 million 18 months ago from overseas.
Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club general manager Luke Gatehouse said the race was a perfect ending to a top quality Winter Carnival.
“The calibre of greyhounds that we have had this Carnival has been truly sensational,” said Mr Gatehouse.
“Last night’s race was so exciting and its great to see such an honest dog finally crack a Group One win.
“Denis (Trewin) and Tina (Womann) are fantastic people, and we are always happy to have them in Brisbane any time.”
Mr Gatehouse said the next Brisbane Group One meeting was the Sky Racing sponsored Brisbane Cup in December, and that he expected to see quite a few of last night’s contestants nominated.
“While it is a few months away yet, I think that the greyhounds that raced here last night were a fantastic Group One field, and I would predict that they we will see a lot of these guys chasing the Group titles around Australia, including the Brisbane Cup.”
Behind the placegetters in the Group 1 Winter Canival Cup came (in order) Cindeen Shelby ($3.5) 4th, Paddy Bell ($37) 5th, Velocette ($3.8) 6th, High Earner ($6.8) 7th and Matching Outcome ($10) finished last .
Trew Millions is a black dog whelped 1st August 2005 by Brett Lee ~ Chloe Jones (Jones Junoir ~ Our Legend). He is raced by Dennis Trewin and trained by his partner Tina Womann at Lara in Victoria. Trew Millions has won 32 of his 83 starts and has been placed on a further 26 occassions.
Last night’s Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup win was his first Group race win after making twelve group greyhound racing finals and running second on 3 occassions, all in Group 1 races; and third on another. After adding the $50,000 first prize money from last night to his total career earnings Trew Millions now has current stake earnings of $305,800.
The Winter Carnival Cup has taken on many different forms over the years and has been conducted also at different times during those years. It was first staged at the Gabba in 1978 and sponsored by famous Queensland brewing company Castlemaine XXXX and known as their Trophy, it was run over the testing 558 metre sprint course. It remained the Castlemaine XXXX Trophy right up until 1992 apart from one year in 1987 when it was called the Christmas Trophy.
When racing moved to Albion Park in 1993 the race was called the Christmas Stocking for one year and it continued its Group 1 status that the race had gained in 1991 and maintains currently. The feature dropped back to Group 2 in 1997 and 1998, but returned to Group 1 in 1999.
Like many other feature races around Australia in the 90’s in was sponsored by the Pet food company Eukanuba from 1994 to 1997 and its subsequent company Nutrience in 1998 and 1999. It the year 2000 the club developed the now successful Winter Carnival at the suggestion of race caller John Brasch and the race became that Carnivals major Group 1 feature the Winter Carnival Cup.
It has been won by some champion sprinters over the years and the following is but a few of those stars. Call Me Roscoe 81, Glanzend 82, Acacia Park 84, Dancing Gamble 87, Golden Fox 88, Highly Blessed 90, Iceni Princess 92, Toban Leah 94, Flying Amy 95, Roanokee 96, Wine Glass 97, Winged Runner 99, Mint Mojo 2001, Elite State 2003 and Trewly Special in 2004. Listed below is the full honour roll.
Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup Honour Roll
At the Gabba 1978 – 1992
- 1978 Brigadier North 33.00
- 1979 Katie’s Disco 32.74
- 1980 Wings Of Steel 32.92
- 1981 Call Me Roscoe 32.84
- 1982 Glanzend 32.60
- 1983 Duration 32.91
- 1984 Acacia Park 32.90
- 1985 Amber Flash 32.89
- 1986 (Jan) Sharyn’s Vogue 33.08
- 1986 (Dec) Fifi She’s Not 32.61
- 1987 Dancing Gamble 32.75
- 1988 Fifi She’s Not 32.61
- 1989 Son of Ella 32.63
- 1990 Highly Blessed 32.47
- 1991 Soldier On 32.60
- 1992 Iceni Princess 32.93
- 1993 National Leader 30.39
- 1994 Toban Leah 30.35
- 1995 Flying Amy 29.99
- 1996 Roanokee 30.06
- 1997 Wine Glass 30.34
- 1998 Shady Macbeth 30.28
- 1999 Winged Runner 30.19
- 2000 Short Model 30.00
- 2001 Mint Mojo 30.59
- 2002 Awesome Machine 30.11
- 2003 Elite State 29.97
- 2004 Trewly Special 30.16
- 2005 Hades Rocket 29.90
- 2006 Fenceline 29.92
- 2007 Big Swell 30.06
- 2008 Made To Size 30.39
- 2009 Trew Millions 30.17
At Albion Park 1993- Present