GRSA Announce 2009 SA Greyhound Of The Year Finalists

The GRSA Greyhound of the Year Selection Panel met this week to determine the Finalists for the 2009 SA Greyhound Of The Year.

The panel members will now cast their individual votes on the title, with the winner announced at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 16th January.

All five finalists, were monthly winners during the year. The Finalists are:

AUNTY VICK

  • Starts 43-1sts 12, 2nds 13, 3rds 7
  • Tr. Michael Giniotis
  • Total Prizemoney $29,500 (approx)
  • Greyhound of the Month – August – (scored votes in 2 months)
  • Won – Heat Adelaide Cup, Feature 4/5 (600m) Final, Heat & State Final National Sprint Champ
  • SA Heat Sister City Cup – represented in Auckland Grand Final
  • Best Time: 29.89 (515m Angle Park), 34.96 (600m Angle Park), 37.42 (643m Gawler)

DRINK DRIVER

  • Starts 29 – 1sts 10, 2nds 5, 3rds 5
  • Tr. Rob Harnas
  • Total Prizemoney $66,600
  • Greyhound of the Month – February, March & April – (scored votes in 4 months)
  • Won – Heat Perth Cup (finished third in Final), Final West End Anniversary Cup (Group 3), also made Adelaide Cup Final (finished fourth)
  • Best Time: 29.83 (515m Angle Park)
  • He was also a Finalist in 2008

GOLD

  • Starts 34-1sts 18, 2nds 6, 3rds 6
  • (SA Bred) Tr. Paul Barry
  • Total Prizemoney $53,500
  • Greyhound of the Month – May & July – (scored votes in 3 months)
  • Won – Heat, & Final SA Breeders Plate (Group 3), Heat & Final Katakasi Vet Services Gawler Future Stars, Heat Gawler Breeders 2009 (third in Final), Heat, Semi & Final Gawler Produce Stake, Heat SA Sprint Champ (third in Final)
  • Best Times: 30.02 (515m Angle Park), 30.79 (531m Gawler)

SCULL MURPHY

  • Starts 17-1sts 7, 2nds 6, 3rds
  • Tr. Bob Isaacson
  • Total Prizemoney $39,600 approx.
  • Greyhound of the Month –January – (scored votes in 2 months)
  • Won – New Year Sprint (second win in the race), Advertiser Interstate Challenge, St Patrick’s Day Sprint, also Second Sky Channel Adelaide Cup
    Second Anniversary Cup
  • Invited to run in the Temlee at The Meadows (finished 6th)
  • Best Time: 29.62 (515m Angle Park)

SPARKLING SPEAR

  • Starts 51-1sts 13, 2nds 11, 3rds 12
  • Tr. John McMillan
  • Total Prizemoney $42,285
  • Greyhound of the Month –October – (scored votes in 2 months)
  • Won – Heat & Final SA Sprint Champ (Group 3), Heat Bunyip Gawler Gold Cup
  • Best Times: 30.02 (515m Angle Park), 35.64 (600m Angle Park), 30.96 (531m Gawler)

The Greyhound of the Year Panel members are also voting on the Inductomag SA Bred GOTY and the SA Distance GOTY, to be announced at the Awards Dinner.

GRSA are thankful to Des Peck from Inductomag who has sponsored the SA Bred GOTY. The winner of that award will receive an Inductomag magnetic therapy unit.