Staged at Victoria Park Golf Club on March 19, Classy Ethics, Farmor Beach and Oh Mickey will battle it out for the major award at the Queensland greyhound industry’s night of nights, with a voting panel of nine judges narrowing the field to three finalists.
The Jeff Crawford-trained Classy Ethics stamped herself as one of the leading stayers in the state over the last 12 months, securing a maiden Group 1 win in the TAB Queensland Cup at Albion Park in July on her way to eight wins from 27 starts in 2020.
Wayne Scott’s Farmor Beach started 2020 in dominant fashion, with a debut win in the Vince Curry Memorial heats, on his way to taking out the Group 3 Final in February at Ipswich, before claiming the Group 2 Ipswich Gold Cup.
The Dog added a Molly Campbell Memorial series win to the trophy cabinet, as well as a second placing in the Group 2 Queensland Derby to finish the year with 16 wins and six placings from 27 starts, and just shy of $190,000 in prize money.
Oh Mickey, trained by Selena Zammit, established himself as the benchmark in the Queensland sprinting ranks, recording 15 wins and six placings from 29 starts in 2020.
At just his seventh career start, Oh Mickey announced himself on the national stage, claiming a two-length victory in the National Derby at Wentworth Park, before going on to claim the Group 2 Richmond Derby two months later.
A mainstay in the top races both here and inter-state, Oh Mickey’s dominant year also earned him an invitation to the Group 1 Top Gun Sprinters in November.
Unfortunately, this proved to be the dog’s final race, after a stopper bone injury forced owner Clint Kratzmann to call time on his fledging career, ending with 18 wins and 7 placings from 32 starts, and more than $200,000 in prize money.
“The quality of the three Greyhound of the Year finalists underlines the quality and depth we have here in Queensland racing at present,” RQ Executive General Manager Operations Adam Wallish said.
“Each finalist has won at Group level in 2020, as well as competing in the best races both here and inter-state, and we are proud to see our greys taking it up to some of the best dogs nation-wide.
“I would like to congratulate the three finalists and their connections on this nomination, and wish them all the best on the night.”