Celebration – that was the motto for ther first coursing meeting of the year held today at sunny downtown Melton. With the track and grounds looking a treat, after a lot of hard work by the volunteers at the Melton Greyhound Racing Club during the off season, all deserve a big pat on the back.
To celebrate the 140th coursing season in Vicrtoria, the 140th Birthday cake that got sampled during the lunch break that was supplied by the club, yum!
Nominations were excellent for this meeting having received 102 entries which is a great start to the season and having several newcomers to the coursing scene made everyone at the NCA excited to see how this year develops. Onwards and upwards from here people!
Now for some results:
The main event today was the 2013 Western Saws Cup which was taken out by Cheap Champ for the Vigor camp. Cheap Champ coursed brilliantly throughout the day and went on to defeat Jerry & Maureen Maye’s 2012 Waterloo Cup runner up Connemara Flame. Both bitches proved they were too good for the boys today!
Next up was the Dawn James Memorial All Aged event with the eventual winner being Mr. Chow for a very happy Jess Fothergill. Gallant in defeat was Won’t Be Beaten for Colin Whitford, both camps travelling from opposite ends of the state Jess from Numurkah and Colin making the trip from Yarram. I am sure the introduction of Travel & Starters fees will be appreciated by all trainers, in particular the ones travelling long distances as these two did.
Buddha (Daniel) Pell had a busy day with Lou Todd being successful over Kobuta for the Davis camp in the High Four Pet Supplies Derby Trial, these two puppies will be strutting their stuff I am sure during the season. Keep It Shut was too good for Don the Falcon in the mixed puppy event sponsored by our regular bookie Gary Thomas. Next up was the High Four Proplan Oaks trial with Uno Sprite being too sprite today for Bev Pell’s Emily Howard in the final. Congratulations to all of the puppies who competed today, your trainers should be proud as there were some very closely contested coursing throughout the day.
Gallic Thyme proved he had the edge today over Demonstrous in the first of our Maiden events, Good Old Bert got the chocolates from Tiger In Woods in a brilliant finish once again keeping the judge on his toes. The Mayo syndicate had something to cheer about when Connemara Sky got across the line in first place over Mad Mons. Justin Perkin’s Little De Bruin gained a start from the reserve pool and proved that she may be small but her little legs went like the clappers all day and got her past the post in front of Sapphire Flex in the final of the Melton City Council’s Maiden Bitch 2 event. Last but by no means was least the Mixed Maiden which was won by Benjamin’s Cutie for the Noy family of Gisborne, proving today that she was too good for Thanks Baz trained by T Monaghan of Darley.
On behalf of the NCA and the Melton GRC we would like to once again thank all of the trainers, sponsors and volunteers who keep our great sport alive and kicking!
In a fortnights time we make the trip up the Hume Highway to Benalla, which is always a great day at the Benalla Racecourse with the greyhounds having a slight change of scene chasing a drag lure as opposed to the trolley system. We hope to see you all there and also hope that all participants enjoy their travel and starters fees which should be in hit your bank accounts today.