The timing of Lochinvar Marlow’s retirement could not have been more perfected by Robert Smith with the son of Bombastic Shiraz finishing in style with an impressive victory in the 2010 Group Three Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park, giving him some crucial last minute bonus points in his bid to secure the title of New South Wales Greyhound of the Year.
This victory along with his Group One Paws of Thunder triumph will still be fresh in the judge’s minds when the decision is announced on February 12th at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
High hopes were placed upon Lochinvar Marlow when he began his career by blitzing the field in the Group Three Laurie Healon Memorial Maiden at Betchoice Gardens back in 2009 clocking a near record 29.43 effort from the tricky box five.
After a solid second behind Elite Blue Size in the Gosford Cup early in 2010, trainer Robert Smith and the Gordon family were about to embark on the ride of their lives come September at Wentworth Park when Clare drew the coveted box number one, only bad luck was going to stop the black dog giving the popular family their first group one victory.
An all the way win in 29.90 already had people talking about the future breeding prospects of Lochinvar Marlow with his beautiful pedigree line led by dam Sensation Lee.
Sensation Lee was a star in her own right recording 29 wins and 7 minor placings from just 47 track starts. She dominated the short course Victorian circuits during 2005 and early 2006 breaking the 298 metre record at Traralgon and the 311 metre record at Cranbourne.
By Brett Lee out of Grigorieva, who was a finalist in the 2002 National Futurity at Wentworth Park, Sensation Lee continues to produce group winning offspring adding to Lochinvar Marlow, Lochinvar Vogue, the Group Two Gold Cup winner at Wentworth Park and Uno Kendra (x Larkhill Jo) winner of the Cannington All Stars.
Lochinvar Marlow ended his career just as good as he started it with a victory in the Group Three Christmas Gift final at Wentworth Park edging out his fast finishing rivals in 30.27 after beginning beautifully from box seven. With the NSW Greyhound of the Year announcement not to far away, it seems he can be now considered favourite to take the title.
Other possible contenders include; distance star Blue Lorian, multiple group winner Elite Blue Size, evergreen Did I Entertain, National Sprint hero Smooth Fancy and Black Top winner Snozz.
Merit must be given to the selection panel that have to narrow the classy field down to three. The most positive sign, however to this is the talent pool New South Wales had to offer in 2010 and will continue to do in 2011 with Blue Lorian and Elite Blue Size still continuing their careers into to the New Year.