Part-owner Vicki Smith reckoned what was good enough for Seona Hood was good enough for her. Late last year Victorian Seona celebrated her birthday on the same day as El Galo won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park.
Last Thursday night, Vicki was also celebrating her birthday and her star bitch Millennium landed the Group 2 Qld Futurity (520m). Millennium ($6.00) (Hallucinate-In My Dreams) scored running away by four lengths over Whirly Storm ($12.00) with a half head to Next Top Model ($5.50) a luckless third.
The winner is trained by Vicki’s partner Greg Brennan and half owned by their close friend Mark Rowe.
And to top off the celebrations, Greg and Vicki’s son Dylan celebrates his 10th birthday today.
Dylan had already put in for a more expensive present by the time Millennium was coming off the track after her victory.
The bitch took her record to 11 wins in 23 starts and she has always been a high class, but luckless galloper.
She has also lived in the shadow of her litter brother Shadow Boxer who has been earning all the praise while Millennium has been winning races.
“I think she is going to make a great middle distance bitch and maybe even a stayer,” said Greg after the victory.
“But we’ve got a few other things to chase first.”
It was the biggest victory in Brennan’s training career.
He had previously run unplaced in the 2007 Futurity with his former smart staying bitch Kath’s A Star.
Brennan said he was confident of victory in the final “or as confident as I could be in a Group race with such classy opposition”.
“I was hoping Whirly Storm would make the race for me,” said Brennan.
“She is always reliable out and likes to use a bit of the track. Millennium only had to get into second to take advantage of that run.
“And that’s what she did.”
Whirly Storm showed what a great bitch she is by finishing second … in her fourth Group final.
And Next Top Model was an amazing performance being knocked down early and coming from last to get third and narrowly miss second.
Favourite Digital Magic was not well away and although fighting on well in the straight, she wound up fifth.
After the placed runners the field finished in the following order 4th Classy Cha Cha ($6.50), 5th Digital Magic ($1.70 fav), 6th Gnarraloo ($8.00), 7th Take A Squizz ($12.00) and That’s My Missus ($4.20).
Millennium is a Red Fawn bitch whelped July 2006 by Hallucinate from In My Dreams (Token Prince x Diego Dancer). She is raced by Vicki Smith and trained by Greg Brennan of South Maclean in Queensland. Millennium has won 11 from 23 and with the $25,000 first prize for the Futurity it took her current stake earnings to $35,390.
The Queensland Futurity is a time honoured flagship event for the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club first run at the Gabba in 1973 it has been won by some wonderful sprinting bitches’ over the years most of which continued to carve out outstanding race careers and later proved their worth as brood bitches. Listed below is the full honour roll.
Queensland Futurity Honour Roll
- 1973 Little Colleen
- 1974 Hi Now
- 1975 Kabisa Gem
- 1976 Pinto Power
- 1977 Overflow Love
- 1978 Katie’s Disco
- 1979 Gallant Anne
- 1980 Pretty New
- 1981 Miss Budweiser
- 1982 Truly Active
- 1983 Double Crown
- 1984 Rustic Venture
- 1985 Kirsty’s First
- 1986 Cyclone Magpie
- 1987 Fifi She’s Not
- 1988 Run Baby Run
- 1989 Milluna Babe
- 1990 Tardy Tears
- 1991 I’m An Angel
- 1992 Turbo Tears
- 1993 Blue Chip Doll
- 1994 Conquering Wind
- 1995 Marinette
- 1996 Ultra Dreams
- 1997 Lough Derg
- 1998 Barrio Fiesta
- 1999 Golden Pepper
- 2000 Winged Runner
- 2001 Springtime Magic
- 2002 M’Lady’s Fool
- 2003 Bogie Leigh
- 2004 Fool’s State
- 2005 Smart And Sassy
- 2006 Here I Come
- 2007 Honey Mist
- 2008 Queen Lauryn
- 2009 Millenium
Some story content with thanks to David Brasch Queensland GRA Website