Australian Greyhound Of The Year Finalists Named

The AGRA have announced the three finalists for the 2012 AGRA Sky Channel Greyhound of the Year. Don’t Knocka Him, and Miata were judged the top three after the judging Panel considered the achievements of five greyhounds nominated by the AGRA committee.

The judging panel consisting of administrators and representatives from each state plus a group of national media representatives from Print, Radio and Television.

The panel allocated votes 3, 2 and 1 on what they considered to be their top three finalists in order of each judge’s preference in a secret vote. The votes have been tallied and one of the finalists will be crowned the winner of the covered award at AGRA’s National Awards night to be held at the Rupertswood Mansion in Sunbury on Friday February the 22nd.

On this exciting night the other National Award winners will also be announced they are Trainer of the Year, Sire and Dam of the Year and the Run of the Year. Sky Channel camera’s will be in attendance at the Rupertswood Mansion to capture a presentation package which will be shown on the “Catching Pen” the following Monday.

The previous eight winners of the AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year are 2002 Boomeroo, 2003 Bombastic Shiraz, 2004 Whisky Assassin, 2005 , 2006 Betty’s Angel, 2007 Flashing Floods, 2008 El Galo, 2009 Cindeen Shelby, 2010 El Grand Senor and 2011 Dyna Tron.

Listed in alphabetical order are the three finalists and their achievements during 2012.


(November 2009 Blue Brindle Dog Knocka Norris – Surf Queen)
Race starts: 2012: 37 – 20 wins, 5 seconds, 4 thirds.
Owner: Reg Kay
Trainer: Jason Thompson (Pearcedale, Victoria)
Winner: Group 1 Golden Easter Egg; Group 3 Rover Mowers Cup.
Finalist: Group 2 (2nd); Group 3 Harrison- Dawson (6th); Group 2 Shepparton Cup (5th); Group 1 Top Gun (3rd); Group 3 Shootout (2nd); Group 1 (6th); Group 1 Brisbane Cup (4th).
Total Career Prizemoney: $380,089.


(February 2010 Brindle Bitch Collision – Splitting Hairs) Race starts: 2012: 29 – 14 wins, 5 seconds, 3 thirds. Owner: .
Trainer: Jason Thompson (Pearcedale, Victoria)
Winner: Group 1 Melbourne Cup; Group 1 Brisbane Cup. Finalist: Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity (4th).
Total Career Prizemoney: $476,151.


(October 2009 Red Fawn Bitch Bombastic Shiraz – Winsome Bluebird)
Race starts 2012: 26 – 22 wins, 1 second, 1 third.
Owner: Paul Stuart & Nicole Wheeler-Whye.
Trainer: Paul Stuart (Oakford, Western Australia)
Winner: Group 1 Galxay; Group 1 Association Cup; Group 1 ; Group 1 ; Group 2 Zoom Top.
Finalist: Group 1 Sandown Cup (3rd); Group 1 Albion Park (5th). Total Career Prizemoney: $592,008.

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