Local champ Rewind continued on his winning way at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when he led them a merry dance in the $5,760 Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic (452 metres).
The four-year-old has now won 52 races and accumulated stakes of in excess of $216,000 and is being compared with our greatest chasers, in fact it is believed that 56 lifetime victories would surpass any previous record.
The Maurie Strickland owned and prepared marvel flew the lids from the red box on Tuesday afternoon and was never headed, eventually defeating Fine Eagle and Martello Towers in the time of 25.53.
The late Reg and Aileen Ivory were legends of the sport in Tasmania and their memorial race is a regular feature on the NWGRC calendar.
Their kennel produced some outstanding chasers of the calibre of Tugrah Beaver, Scott James, Hindu Flame, Unique Venture and Sally’s Jim.
The Ivory’s son-in-law, NWGRC chairman Gary Sutton, made the presentation to the Bracknell based Strickland and in doing so described Rewind as one of the best chasers to have graced the arena.
In return Strickland commented that he believed that Reg Ivory was one of the best trainers he had encountered and that it was an honour to win a race named in his memory.
Meanwhile a battle royal is looming at Launceston’s Tote Racing Centre on Monday night when our best stayers lock horns in the Mitsubishi Autumn Distance Medley Final (720 metres).
It was thought that the super bitch Cheetah Zorro had a mortgage on the race, however she went down fighting behind the Doug Cassidy prepared Paper Trail in one of two preludes conducted last Monday night and the Margaret Rossendell prepared Canadian Bay was impressive in winning the other.
Monday night’s LGRC meeting will also feature the running of the Launceston Veterinary Hospital Breeders Classic Semi Finals (515 metres), which culminate in the rich final the following Monday when a first prize of $5,000 and a breeders bonus of $4,500 will be decided.
Unbelievably, Launceston breeder Robert Grubb will provide seven of the semi-final runners, all members of a High Earner – Stylish Moon litter.
Best known as the owner of 2011 Launceston Cup winner Fisherman, Grubb has been involved in greyhound racing for 40 years and along with his wife Barbara, is still actively involved.
The pair prepare three of the litter, namely Roxy Rhythm, Sing The Song and Quick Advance, from their Norwood kennels, their son Robin prepares Pipstar, Kiss Me Elvis and Stylish Abbey at St Leonards and Karoola based Dennis Turner attends to Hi Lyn.
Kiss Me Elvis recorded a slippery 29.90 in qualifying for the semi-finals last weekend, as did Yappin Jack, a member of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter and an occupant of Mick Stringer’s Mangalore kennel.
That chaser followed up with an outstanding 25.50 score in the Sally’s Jim Grade 5 (452 metres) conducted at the NWGRC meeting on Tuesday.
Stylish Abbey recorded a slightly slower 29.93, the box draws to obviously play a major part in deciding which young chasers compete for the riches the following week.