After a coursing season spanning April to September, it came down to the final stalwarts still left standing. With a small program on hand, Len Wilson and Galaxy Snow took out the GOTBA Maiden stake in 15.60 over Ben Rawlings and Wiregrass. Times were not the fastest as the greyhounds were running into a fairly strong headwind all afternoon. Ben Rawlings and Screamin’ took out the second GOTBA Maiden Stake in 15.89 when defeating Ray Fewings’ Light Beer. Ben took out the third GOTBA Maiden when Bogie Yates defeated Emerley Colt in 15.67. Raja’s Green Man continued his winning form when defeating Emerley Street in the GOTBA Juvenile in 15.50. Shaun Laffin spent Father’s Day with yet another win by Big Merc when defeating Wendy Sebastyan’s Lake Burley in the mixed Novice/One Stake. Rolland Parry returned to the winner’s dias when Vail defeated Blutigaroo in the Free For All in 15.40.
The 2014 GOTBA Greyhound of the Year is Michael Louth’s VAIL who had a good season and the Trainer of the Year goes to Ben Rawlings who overtook Don Turner at this last meeting.
The Club is appreciative of our band of dedicated workers and volunteers – from our Slipper to our Judge and Lure Driver, Canteen staff and catching pen assistants – all play a very important part in presenting our sport to industry participants in a professional manner.
We look forward to a productive season in 2015 and trust that owners/trainers will continue to support us in the manner that they have previously. Take care and may the gods of speed and safe racing look over you!
RACE 1 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
Bill Wudarczyk and Len Wilson’s GALAXY SNOW (BK D, Jan ’11; Cosmic Rumble/Springvale Snow) defeated Leslie Bein’s WIREGRASS (BK B, Jun ’11; Collision/Bogie Skye) by 4 lengths in 15.60. Winner trained by Len Wilson.
RACE 2 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
L Torpy, G Esmond, B Penny & K Hassan SCREAMIN’ (BK B, Jul ’11; Big Daddy Cool/Midnight Promise) defeated Mariane Wilton’s LIGHT BEER (BE & W D, Jan ’12; Corporate Raida/Peachy Coluda) by 1.5 lengths in 15.89. Winner trained by Ray Fewings.
RACE 3 : GOTBA MAIDEN STAKE
Leslie Bein’s BOGIE YATES (BK D, Jan ’12; High Earner/Bogie Gem) defeated P & J Hurley’s EMERLEY COLT (BK D, Oct ’12; Spring Gun/Emerley Chant) by 2 lengths in 15.67. Winner trained by Ben Rawlings.
RACE 4 : GOTBA JUVENILE STAKE
Ray Fewings’ RAJA’S GREEN MAN (BK D, Mar ’13; Bit Chilli/Dancing Jay Lo) defeated P & J Hurley’s EMERLEY STREET (BK B, Feb ’13; Oaks Road/Emerley Belle) b7 8 lengths in 15.50. Winner trained by Ray Fewings.
RACE 5 : GOTBA NOVICE/ONE STAKE
Philip Kruger’s BIG MERC (DK B D, May ’10; Pure Octane/Foolish Jean) defeated Wendy Sebastyan’s LAKE BURLEY (BK D, Mar ’11; College Causeway/Where’s Leena) in 15.51. Winner trained by Shaun Laffin.
RACE 6 : GOTBA FREE FOR ALL STAKE
Michael Louth’s VAIL (BK D, Aug ’11; Bombastic Shiraz/Sitka) defeated C & R Christensen’s BLUTIGAROO (BK D, Feb ’10; Shanlyn Prince/Go Wild Shirl) by 10 lengths in 15.40. Winner trained by Rolland Parry.