On Sunday we headed down the South Gippsland Highway to Lang Lang for our first ever All Maiden Meeting which was supported by the GOTBA of Victoria. Having received a whopping 111 Maiden nominations, and 153 nominations in total, it’s fair to say that our slogan of “Catch On To Coursing” has definitely worked as we saw 61 trainers arrive to course their charges. Many were either for the first time, or with some returning after many years away from this great sport.
Event One was won by Tommy El from the Whitford/Lanigan team, who I’m sure most of you are aware is the same team that own & train “Charlie”, aka Zambora Blueboy, the winner of the last two Waterloo Cups. Thus we know Tommy is in good hands and who knows, he may well be the next “Charlie”. Tommy El defeated one of our newbie’s to coursing in Looming Large, who is trained at Werribee by Brad Burns.
Event Two saw GOTBA committee member Karen Leek have success with her fawn rocket Texan, who was definitely bigger than Texas today! Texan defeated Colin Dalton’s Acclaimed Love. Both greyhounds coursed brilliantly across the day and this final could have gone either way as there wasn’t much between them on the clock.
Event Three was won by No No Notorious, who’s trained locally in Nyora by Dennis Dean and was too good today for Chad’s Nitro, trained at Somerville by Luke Harris.
Event Four was again taken out by the Lanigan/Whitford team when Zambora Power got up over Steve Burke’s Black Ranger. “Hang in there Steve, I’m sure he’s not too far away from breaking his Coursing maiden status.”
Event Five was the last of the Maiden Dog events and was won by Inazzma for Shane Jack from Dalmore, with the runner up being Need’s Luck, who today needed just a little more. I’m sure his trainer Greg Graham will be back to have another crack.
Event Six was the first of the Bitch Maidens and the Lionel Kraemer trained Arabella Rose proved to have the goods over Del Vigors Just Coco.
Event Seven saw Holy Track take out the winner trophy for another local and volunteer around the Lang Lang club in Geraldine Debono. Runner up in this event was Steve Collyer’s Bullbar Jeannie.
Event Eight saw Some Nights get across the line in first place, this time for Del Vigor, making Geraldine Debono’s Bad Advice the bridesmaid.
Event Nine was won by Holy’s Pride and the Runner Up was Ginlee’s Jewel. Both are trained at Cranbourne South by Florence ’Liz’ Alister, so they will be a happy kennel tonight.
Event Ten was the last event, but by no means the least. It was won by Baines Park, who many of you would not be aware was actually named after the owner Vicki & Roger Clarke’s uncle Jack Baines, who was one of the pioneers of the Lang Lang Coursing Club. he coursing grounds at Lang Lang are names after Jack – Baines Park, hence where the name for this greyhound came from. Today saw her too good for Ross Stephens Luscious Lily.
That finished up a great day of coursing and I would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors for once again putting on an excellent day of coursing.
In a fortnight’s time we head up the Hume Hwy to Longwood for the Longwood Cup, with $1200 on offer to the winner. I’m sure it will draw plenty of interest being the richest of our Coursing Club Cups this season. It will also be a good opportunity for your pups to have a look at the course, keeping in mind Longwood are staging the 2014 Victorian Derby & Oaks meeting in August. Until next time safe travels.