When Stylish Abbey and Quick Advance were successful at the LGRC’s Tote Racing Centre meeting on Monday night, it increased the number of victories having been achieved so far by the High Earner – Stylish Moon litter whelped on 3rd February 2011, to a creditable 32.
Raced and prepared by members of Launceston’s highly respected Grubb family, the litter has produced the winners Quick Advance (5 wins), High Bella (1), Kiss Me Elvis (4), Pipstar (8), Roxy Rhythm (5), Sing The Song (5) and Stylish Abbey (4), with only High Lyn having failed to make the grade at this stage of proceedings.
Retired panel-beater Robert Grubb, his wife Beverley and their son Robin, are having the time of their lives sharing the preparation of the team and reaping the benefits.
Robert Grubb has been involved in greyhound racing for almost 60 years – long enough for him to forget the name of his first greyhound and first winner.
“I know I won my first race at White City, but cannot recall the name of the greyhound involved,” he explained this week.
However the veteran owner–trainer is quick to nominate the ill-fated Pedro Pronto, by Where’s Pedro from Stylish Dotty and a litter mate of Stylish Moon, as the best he has had the pleasure of racing.
“Pedro Pronto won twenty races and was showing a great deal of potential, before a broken hock curtailed a highly promising career,” he explained.
As far as members of the current litter are concerned, Robert considers them to be of equal ability, with the lightly raced Kiss Me Elvis probably possessed of the most speed.
“The majority of them are very quick beginners, but Kiss Me Elvis can be slow away before finishing off brilliantly,” he explained.
Stylish Moon is to be mated once again with High Earner, a move that Robert considers to be “unconventional.”
“It is probably not considered to be good practice, but we are so happy with this litter that we will go to High Earner a second time,” he explained.
Meanwhile another Tasmanian bred litter to be enjoying great success at the moment is the Bill and Anne Witherden bred Aston Galilee- Patsy Anne litter, whelped on 16th May 2011,which has to date notched up 35 victories.
Winners from the litter include Yappin’ Jack (9 wins), Hindsight (9), Battek Boss (5), Oscar Ralph (1), Orange Boy (1), Sentry Duty (3) and Teddy Tom Boy (7).
Members of the litter are being prepared by several leading Tasmanian trainers including Mangalore’s Mick Stringer and Bracknell veteran Maurie Strickland.
Stringer has been enjoying a remarkable run of success in recent weeks, having prepared a treble at the last two NWGRC meetings conducted at the Devonport Raceway.