The weather gods were shining on us this weekend as we headed to Lang Lang for the running of this year’s Waterloo Cup. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to the committee and volunteers from Lang Lang on a job well done. Also to our major sponsor for this event, the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club, thank you, your support is greatly appreciated.
Well what can I say but congratulations to our NCA President Peter Craig and connections on winning this year’s Waterloo Cup with your fawn superstar Full Of Grace. She went into this event as one of the main chances and favourite with the bookie Garry Thomas and she didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend. To the runner-up Texan trained by Karen Leek well done to you also, he was gallant in defeat but just beaten by a better greyhound on the day.
We had 45 nominations for this year’s Cup which was a little disappointing, but the quality of the dogs we did have was excellent so thank you all for your support.
The Waterloo Plate was won by Dublin Down trained by David Dawson with the runner-up Why Not Wayne. Both of these greyhounds also coursed well over the weekend and should be proud of their efforts.
In the Waterloo Purse, Graham Whitford’s Tommy El was too good today for Why Not Oscar trained by Wayne Gray from Wendouree.
The Silver Eagle Challenge only had 6 runners return to contest and Baines Park, another from David Dawson’s kennel, proved to be too good for Some Nights trained by Del Vigor. This event is designed for dogs which have been defeated on the first day with preference given to those defeated in their 3rd course in the Waterloo Cup.
The first of our supporting events was the lady trainer’s Maiden and this year we saw Casboult trained at Junction Village by Valda Rose go past the post first over Toni Jones’ Rex Best.
Our Junior Handler’s Maiden was won by Bassyappa trained at Bass by Rob Colpoys who was assisted today by his granddaughter Mia. Congrats team Colpoys! Runner-up in this event was Trevor Whitford’s Golden Hippy who was having his first outing at the coursing so well done to him.
The Sandown GRC Dog Maiden was next and the winner was Broden Rain for Aaron Setford, who trained a double in the maiden’s when Broden Thunder got up in the mixed Maiden event which was next on the card. The runner-up against Rain was Captain Revenge for Ash craven who made the trip down from Wangaratta. Thunder’s runner-up was Bogan’s Hero, another from Trevor Whitford’s camp.
In the Petpanels Dog Puppy Yarra Gun was awarded first place after Bloss’s Bluffing was withdrawn from the final due to an injury, so we wish him a speedy recovery and hope it’s nothing too serious.
The MGRA Dog Puppy saw local greyhound Banjo Bullet trained by Ken Virtue who was making a return to coursing after a number of years away so a nice welcome back to team Virtue! Ima Lonely Boy trained by Del Vigor was runner-up in this event.
The Elite Greyhounds Mixed Maiden was won by Soul Maker who once again coursed well all day for team Britton. Big Fancy was runner-up trained at Devon Meadows by Marlene Schmidt.
Last event on the card was the Aleeka Lodge Bitch Puppy and Laquita Lass trained by Graeme Campbell was too good today for Game Maker, who was another one from Rob Britton’s team.
On a somewhat lighter note our day concluded with an Ice Bucket Challenge after our vet Barb Backhoy accepted a challenge from GRV Steward Carl Scott on the proviso that Carl completes the challenge as well. Grant Truett, who is another GRV Steward, said he would also complete the challenge if another $50 was donated. It was and he did also complete the challenge. Great job guys and thank you to all of coursing patrons. We raised approx $450 which we will send off to MND Australia to help them find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Many of you may have seen Neale Daniher speak about this and the Ice Bucket Challenge in the media recently.
This concludes this year’s coursing season so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, trainers and supporters for coming along to our meetings and we hope to see you all back again in 2015.
Safe travels to you and your hounds and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.