At close of nominations, 51 greyhounds remained from those that had made the required payments. As a result, there will be seven heats of the event run on Tuesday and three semi-finals the following Tuesday (21st).
The Final will be run on Sunday 26th July as a twilight meeting, covered by Sky Channel. This will be the second time that the Final will have been run as a Sunday twilight.
The 2009 Gawler Produce Stake is a series for greyhounds whelped in 2007 and is a “Futurity” event requiring payments which began in October last year. GRSA agreed to support the Club by taking over the administration of the payments for this series.
A total of 172 greyhounds were paid up for originally, which was reduced to 100 at the final payment stage in April. This has resulted in a pool of $14,285 from the futurity payments. GRSA adds to this pool, both from it’s normal prizemoney pool and an agreed budget with the Club each year, and the result is a record total pool of $36,225.
Prizemoney for the final was originally guaranteed at $15,000 and this has been added to as a result of the increased pool. The prizemoney breakdown for the series will be as follows:
- Tuesday 14th July 7 heats @ $1,400
- Tuesday 21st July 3 Semi-finals @ $2,250
- Sunday 26th July Final @ $17,425 (incl.$500 breeders bonus) & Consolation @ $2,250
The winner of the Final is also eligible for a $5,000 bonus if it can win the 2009 Gawler Gold Cup in November. The first three placegetters from each Heat along with the fastest three fourths will qualify for the Three Semi-Finals.
The Series has drawn together a smart line-up, including Manhattan Angel and Gold, which have had some great clashes of late. Joining them are a number of up and coming youngsters, including Long Gully Jack, Crystal Scull (daughter of Scull Murphy), Cool In Blue (Champion Puppy finalist), Dakota Drive, Satanic Cash and Emerley Belle. More establish greyhounds such as Emerley Snow, Sandhog, Emerley Houston, Kimberley Jinx, Bella Calbresa, Where’s Chucky, Flying Molly, Moonlight Miss and Emerley Who add plenty of depth.
Scull Murphy won the race in 2007 and went on to win the SA Greyhound of the Year title. In 2006 it was Ten Tornados, which went on to represent SA in the National Sprint Championship and was a Finalist for the SA Greyhound of the Year.
While the 2005 winner, Magic Lee, was also SA Greyhound of the Year for that year.