This Sunday saw the coursing head up the Hume Highway to Longwood for the running of this year’s GOTBA Cup, the sleepy little town came alive with hounds and their connections for a great day of coursing well we were all alive and freezing at least. Was definitely the weather for coats, beanies, scarves and anything else you had in the back of the car to try to beat the cold, alas we were there to course and course they did. The rain stayed away so that was a bonus and we saw some terrific courses contested throughout the day. A few more new faces to the coursing scene which again was great to see.
The main event on the card saw a local bitch Sprite Lee trained by Col Burton take on Rod Ashworth’s Early Return in the final which in the end saw the visitor take home the trophy. Both greyhounds coursed beautifully all day and all connections should be very proud of their achievements.
Next up was the Wicked Sheep Shearing All Aged Stake, and once again we welcomed the Mayes back into the winners circle when Connemara Fire got up to win the final over Damien Belsham’s Napalm Red.
The first of the maiden events was taken out by Bing Gordyn for Buddha Pell who proved to be too good today for Steve Burke’s Black Ranger. Bev Pell showed her son that she too can train a winner when Carol Beer was successful in the Maiden Bitch event. Ash Craven made the journey down from Wangaratta to take home a winner when Not Now Nellie got across the line first in fine style to beat Lee Mitchell’s Rock Ya Bones.
Next up were the puppy events, Alistair Armstrong took home a winner with Passing Comment showing off his stuff today getting home first over Brian Fothergill’s Alarming in the first of the Derby Trials. The second Derby Trial was won by a newcomer to coursing for both greyhound and trainer Knocka Express and his trainer Brian Brown who was rapt to win on his first outing to a coursing meeting. I am sure he now has the coursing bug!
The first of the Oaks Trials saw Carol Westerlo’s Gypsy Bling get the goods over Sansa trained by A. McNamara. In the Oaks Trial 2 She’s Our Caviar was too good for Viv Tudor. Last but by no means least was the Mixed Puppy which saw Easton Bale get up over Jeremy Rent.
On behalf of the GOTBA of Victoria I would like to thank the Longwood Coursing Club for a fantastic meeting and can’t wait to see you all at the end of August for this year’s Waterloo Cup. Also a big thank you to all of the sponsors from today events, as you all know our clubs could not do it without you.
I am now absolutely sure that this year’s Derby and Oaks will be very well contested and we should see some fantastic courses over that weekend. That is the next meeting on the calendar for us being held this year at Lang Lang, so I hope to see many of you there once again.
Entries for this meeting will close on Wednesday 31st July, 2013 at 8pm.