What you may have missed: Wild Soul crowned No.1 in SA

WILD Soul has been crowned South Australia’s best greyhound for 2014, as well as being named the state’s sprinter of the year.

Trained by Kim Johnstone, the son of Mogambo and Velocity Thunder had 42 starts for the year, recording 19 wins and 15 minor placings. His highlights included winning the John Gray Memorial Final, the Adelaide Consolation Cup, running third in the Shane McQueen Memorial final and making the final of the SA St Leger and Group One National Sprint Championship.

The awards were presented at a gala function on Saturday night. Other award winners included:

  • SA-bred greyhound of the year – Sidney’s Shadow
  • SA distance greyhound of the year – Luna Jinx
  • Volunteer of the year – joint winners Neil Wright and Yvonne King
  • Stud dog of the year – Emerley Carlos
  • Broodbitch of the year – Flame McBain
  • Breeder of the year – Karen Bearpark
  • Country trainer of the year – Don Turner
  • Owner/trainer of the year – Cameron Butcher
  • SA TAB leading trainer of the year – Wendy Matcott
  • Syndicate of the year – Next Racing
  • Run of the year – Rulebook – April 10, 2014, at Angle Park over 600m

    Casino slow out of boxes

    Casino Greyhound Racing Club has been forced to delay its return to racing, after the track’s conversion from grass to loam has taken longer than expected.

    Racing was expected to resume on Friday, February 6, however, has now been rescheduled to February 27.

    Lismore will host the three meetings that were due to take place, with a final inspection of the track to be conducted by GRNSW before any trialling or racing.

    Keep an eye on

    Astronomize clocked a sizzling time of 30.05 in a heat of the Group 1 Perth Cup on Saturday evening over 530m. Trained by Paul Stuart, the son of Kinloch Brae and Starlight Delly was the fastest qualifier for next week’s $140,000-to-the-winner final. Stuart also has litter brother Starlight Jack through to the final, along with second-fastest qualifier Quartz Bale.

    Lock in your diary

    February 2
    – Heats of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup over 450m
    – Heats of the Group 2 Launceston Cup over 515m

    February 5
    – Final of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park

    February 6
    – Heats of the Group 2 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden over 520m at Ipswich

    February 7
    – Final of the Group 1 National Derby over 520m at Wentworth Park
    – Final of the Group 1 National Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park
    – Final of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington
    – Final of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington
    – Final of the Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation over 530m at Cannington

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