Coursing this week headed of to “Prime Lamb Country” yes, that it what this part of Victoria is famous for and as you drive off the Hume Highway to Longwood there was plenty of evidence to give support to Longwood’s famous “export”. Spring certainly is upon us.
There were many new faces at Longwood and some were successful in their quest to win an event and take home a much sort after trophy. The nominations for coursing meetings continues to be very strong, and this meeting was no exception as it was solidly supported by the local community and from other coursing communities many kilometers away.
If you didn’t get a start there will be other opportunities with the Derby & Oaks meeting to be held at Lang Lang on the 5th and 6th September, followed by the Werribee meeting (J.N. Smith Memorial) on the 11th September, and Healesville (J. Schmolling Memorial) to be conducted on the 20th September. Then we rally for our finale meeting at Longwood where the Waterloo Cup will be contested, this is on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th October. If you’re intending to head up for the weekend, make your accommodation bookings Now rather than later!
The feature event was the Burtons Supa IGA Longwood Cup and with a strong field of contenders the two finalists which saw Campaspe Jack off the red collar and Santosa’s Rose off the white collar putting on a great display of coursing. Santosa’s Rose clearly won the slips exit with Campaspe Jack in hot pursuit, at the half way mark Santosa’s Rose was leading by about a length and a half and it looked like Santosa’s Rose would have an easy victory, but once to the outside Campaspe Jack open the throttle and put the foot flat to the floor. He was gaining with every stride but Santosa’s Rose kept chasing hard. As the finishing line neared the spectators could not tell who would be winner, and even as the dogs crossed the line no one knew.
It was close! When the Judge put out the white flag, Santosa’s Rose from way down Portland way had taken out the converted prize. Well done to Nicole Stanley who trains Santosa’s Rose. It certainly was a victory for “Girl Power”. This was the first time Campaspe Jack has been defeated since winning his puppy maiden at Melton last year and earlier this year winning Melton’s Western Saws Cup.
Rythmic Oak took out the Don Davidson Memorial for the Pattichis crew from t Albans, when she defeated the locally trained Kid Sullivan. Bob Iredale’s, Transadler at the grand age of 5 years 8 months, still has not lost his keenness to chase, although defeated in his first course, he certainly is a grand campaigner for not only coursing but our sport in general. In dog year’s he’s around 50 years of age.
Plunger took out the Nagambie Trial Track 1-Win stake for Cynthia O’Brien when he defeated the local trainer Steve Hancock’s Black Ruffian.
Puppy events and maidens made up the rest of the program. With three puppy events and several new comers it’s looking good for the Derby & Oaks, the feature events for Puppy Dogs (Derby) and Puppy Bitches (Oaks) with great stake money on offer with the winner receiving a purse of $3,000 plus GOBIS bonus of $900 but wait there’s more a trophy & rug donated by the National Coursing Association of Victoria. The runner up will receive $1,000 plus a trophy donated by NCA of Victoria. Depending on nominations, Puppy’s run out of the first and second rounds will have the opportunity to contest Consolation Events.
Bull Bar Barb defeated Shirdon Lauryn in the Shepparton GRC Bitch Puppy, The Bendigo GRA Dog Puppy was won by One My Behalf when he defeated El Loco Assassin, the Burtons Supa IGA Dog Puppy was taken out by Militant Rain who defeated Northern Display. Butterfly Effect broke her coursing maiden status at her first start when she defeated Belliza Girl. Chardonnay Rebel defeated Silver Shirley. Geoffy defeated Knox Zephyr, and finally Napoleon Rebel Defeated Stylish Blue.
There were many fine and close courses. There were quite few occasions when dogs came from behind to sneak up on the rail to put their nose over the line first. All in all it was a great day’s coursing, with many new faces vowing to come back because they’d had such a great time.
Thankyou must go t those volunteers that keep our coursing facilities in great shape, feed the coursing fraternity and in general give us a huge amount of support.
Event 1 – BURTONS SUPA IGA LONGWOOD CUP
Winner: SANTOSA’S ROSE, a Feb 2007 BK B, breeding: November Fury – Santosa Lady, Owner: Champagne Synd, Trainer: N. A. Stanley – Portland DEFEATED CAMPASPE JACK, a July 2006 BKW D breeding: Solve The Puzzle X Holly Lulu, Owner: B.L. Petty, Trainer: N. Walls – Melton.
Event 2 – DON DAVIDSON MEMORIAL
Winner: RYTHMIC OAK, a March 2006 BK B, breeding: Primo Uno X Trendy Oak, Owner: N.M. Money Synd, Trainer: G. Pattichis – St Albans DEFEATED KID SULLIVAN, a February 2006 BK D, breeding: Elgrando X Daisy Jay, Owner/Trainer: M.K. Groom – Longwood.
Event 3 – NAGAMBIE TRIAL TRACK 1 WIN STAKE
Winner: PLUNGER, a February 2006 F D, breeding: Hallucinate X Entrenched, Owner: G.L. Bahen, Trainer: C.J. O’Brien – Tallygaroopna DEFEATED BLACK RUFFIAN, a May 2006 BK B, breeding: Brett Lee X Cyclone Entity, Owner/Trainer: S.J. Hancock – Longwood.
Event 4 – SHEPPARTON GRC BITCH PUPPY
Winner: BULL BAR BARB, An April 2007 BK B, breeding: Where’s Pedro X Creative Night, Owner: G.L. Anstice, Trainer: G. Glass – Merton DEFEATED SHIRDON LAURYN, a March 2007 BD B, breeding: Primo Uno X Shirdon Nomi, Owner/Trainer: D.M. McDonald – Shepparton East.
Event 5 – BENDIGO GRA DOG PUPPY NO 1.
Winner: ON MY BEHALF a November 2007 BDW D, breeding: Pure Octane X Cliston Amy, Owner/Trainer: M.R. Collyer – East Coburg DEFEATED EL LOCO ASSASSIN, a September 2007 BK D, breeding: Whisky Assassin X Unapprochable, Owner: F. Racing Synd, Trainer: B. Kinder – Girgarre.
Event 6 – BURTONS SUPA IGA DOG PUPPY NO 2
Winner: MILITANT RAIN, a November 2007 BKW D, breeding: Elite State X Germina, Owner/Trainer: A. Moro – Kangaroo Flat DEFEATED NORTHERN DISPLAY, a June 2007 BK D, breeding: Bombastic Shiraz X Flash Belle, Owner: R.J. Whybrow, Trainer: R. Quigley – Chiltern.
Event 7 – SHEPPARTON GRC BITCH MAIDEN NO 1
Winner: BUTTERFLY EFFECT, a May 2006 BK B, breeding: Primo Uno X Ziggy Park, Owner: M. Cowboys Synd, Trainer: J. Worsfold – Girgarre DEFEATED BELLIZA GIRL, a December 2006 BK B, breeding: Bombastic Shiraz X Two Twins, Owner: T.A. Wolley, Trainer: B. Kinder – Girgarre.
Event 8 – BENDIGO GRC BITCH MAIDEN NO 2
Winner: CHARDONNAY REBEL, a May 2005 BK B, breeding: Hallucinate X Mandalay Bay, Owner: A. Action Synd, Trainer: B. Kinder – Girgarre DEFEATED SILVER SHIRLEY, an August 2006 BE B, breeding: Collision X Kedo’s Tam, Owner; J. Fleming, Trainer: B. Kinder – Girgarre.
Event 9 NAGAMBIE TRIAL TRACK DOG MAIDEN
Winner: GEOFFY, a March 2007 WBK D, breeding Where’s Pedro X Proven Rumour, Owner; T. Fraser, Trainer S.W. Burke – Echuca Village DEFEATED KNOX ZEPHYR, a October 2006 BKW D, breeding: Larkhill Jo X Stunning Style, Owner: B.O. This Synd, Trainer: N.C. Armstrong – Cranbbourne.
Event 10 – BURTONS SUPA IGA EUROA DOG MAIDEN
Winner: NAPOLEON REBEL, a March 2007 BK D, breeding Larkhill Jo X Elite Monelli, Owner: J.W. McDonald, Trainer: W. Van-Ness – Cranbourne DEFEATED STYLISH BLUE, a November 2006 BE D, breeding: Big Daddy Cool X Bent penny, Owner: K.G. Buckingham, Trainer: G. Glass – Merton.