THE Temlee is a group 1 event which is run over the 525m trip at The Meadows and has grown in stature over the past decade to become one of the most sought after trophies on the greyhound racing calendar.
The Temlee is unique in that it does not have preludes or heats, with greyhounds selected by a panel to compete in the event based on their performances in the months leading up to the feature.
The most recent edition of the Temlee was won by Striker Light for Kelly and Brett Bravo – bringing up her third win at group 1 level.
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History of the Group 1 Temlee
The Temlee is named after one of the best greyhounds the sport has seen who went on to become a champion sire, with his presence still felt in many top class bloodlines to this day.
Whelped in March 1972, the brindle superstar was by Tivoli Chief out of Temora Lee and faced the starter on 31 occasions, winning several big races including the 1974 National Sprint Championship, the Maturity Classic, the Olympic Park Sprint Championship, the Autumn Trophy and the Lord Mayor’s Trophy.
All of his major race wins were at the now defunct Olympic Park, which was run by the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association. With the MGRA now calling The Meadows home, it is fitting the race named in honour of Temlee is run at the Melbourne track.
The first edition of the Temlee was in 2003 when it was taken out by Excite Ability. Back then the sprint event was run as a group 3, with the son of Bearability and ReRun picking up $30,000 when defeating Knockabout Wok and Lindale Blue in 30.14.
The race was elevated to group 2 status in 2006 which it only remained at for a year, with the 2007 Temlee a group 1 feature won by Slater.
Since 2007, when it offered a $50,000 winner’s purse, the race has continued to grow, with the race now worth a massive $100,000 to the winner, making it one of the most lucrative events on the calendar.
Naturally, being an invitation-only race, the Temlee has been won by some outstanding greyhounds, including Paua To Burn (2005), El Galo (2009) High Earner (2011) and My Bro Fabio (2015).
Temlee – the recent years
The 2019 Temlee loomed as a two dog battle as Orson Allen and Poke The Bear dominated the betting but it was the in-form Barooga Brett which delivered a shock result.
Barooga Brett bounced out sharply from box six and engaged in a ding-dong battle with race favourite Orson Allen for the early supremacy. Brett found the early lead but was unable to find the rail as Allen kicked up. When they cornered however Barooga Brett had already kicked, streaking away to record a two and a half length victory.
2019 Temlee results
February 16, 2019. The Meadows MGRA First Pize $100,000
Winner: Barooga Brett (Barcia Bale x Destini Gold) Born: Sept 2014 Black Dog.
Owners: Brooke Ennis Trainer: Brooke Ennis.
Time: 29.65. Margins: 2.77 x 0.23.
Others in finishing order: Orson Allen, Hasten Slowly, My Redeemer, Poke The Bear, Buck’s Future, Cosmic Bonus, Circle Of Dreams.
Drawn perfectly in box one for the invitation-only event, Striker Light began on terms, before barging her way along the fence to take the lead around the first turn.
As the field bunched behind her Striker Light shot clear. Slipping into second down the back was first reserve Slick (Dyna Lachlan x Pearl Za Zinger Apr ’15) which set off in pursuit of the leader, however in the run to the line the Brett Bravo-trained Striker Light had too much of a break, defeating her Queensland rival by 0.61 lengths in 30.05.
2018 Temlee results
February 17, 2018. 17/02/2018 The Meadows First Prize:$100,000
Winner:Striker Light( KC And All X Pretty Fancy) Black Bitch DOB: 04/03/2015
Trainer: Brett Bravo Owner: Farrugia Bravo (SYN)
Others in Finishing Order: SLICK, ASTON DEE BEE, POKE THE BEAR, BEWILDERING, RAW ABILITY, OUT OF RANGE, KOUTA MAYHEM.
Lightning Frank stamped himself as the most exciting youngster in the country when winning the 2017 Temlee. The black dog exploded from the traps and gave nothing else a chance in a flying 29.67.
It was his second win at the highest level, having previously taken out the Silver Chief Classic.
2017 Temlee results
February 18, 2017. The Meadows MGRA First Pize $100,000
Winner: Lightning Frank (Black Magic Opal x Kirabilli Abbie) Born: Sept 2014 Black Dog.
Owners: Hashtag Syn, Trainer: Mathew Wright.
Time: 29.67. Margins: 2 x 1.7.
Others in finishing order: Jesaulenko, Zambora Brockie, Pantera Nera, Striker Light, Worm Burner, Aston Bolero, Pepper Fire.
Dalgetty gave leading Victorian trainer Jason Thompson his fourth success in the Temlee when scoring by three lengths over Above All and Shared Equity. The son of Stagger and Rockin’ Along took his career record to 14 wins from 21 starts, with his prize money in excess of $202,000.
2016 Temlee results
February 20, 2016. The Meadows MGRA First Prize $100,000
Winner: Dalgetty (Stagger x Rockin Along. Born April 2013 Black Dog
Owner: Veetee Living the Dream Synd. Trainer: Jason Thompson.
Time: 29.42. Margins: 3.21 x 7.53.
Others in finishing order: Above All, Shared Equity, Unlawful Entry, Elfen Bale, Zambora Brockie, Cash In Motion, Fantastic Spiral.
My Bro Fabio stamped himself as one of the best in the land with a dominant display in the 2015 Temlee. Trained by Brooke Ennis, the son of Turanza Bale and Flamenco sat in third spot in the early stages, stalking the pace throughout the majority of the race before bursting clear in the home straight to score in 29.70.
2015 Temlee results
February 21, 2015. The Meadows MGRA First Prize $100,000
Winner: My Bro Fabio (Turanza Bale x Flamenco) March 2012 Black Dog
Owner: Michelle Jones. Trainer: Brooke Ennis.
Time: 29.70. Margins: 2.78 x 2.84.
Others in finishing order: Awesome Project, Marcus Joe, Above All, Flash Reality, Allen Deed, Chica Destacada, Dyna Villa.
Zelemar Fever, the only bitch in the 2014 Temlee, defeated a classy line-up to secure a win for prominent WA trainer Linda Britton. The black superstar scored by half a length over champion sprinter Paw Licking, with Peter Rocket filling the trifecta back in third spot.
2014 Temlee results
February 15, 2014. The Meadows MGRA First Prize $100,000
Winner: Zelemar Fever (Bombastic Shiraz x Noaki Pace) Feb 2011 Black Bitch
Owner: Weston Weston Syndicate. Trainer: Lindda Britton.
Time: 29.86. Margins: 0.59 x 0.7
Others in finishing order: Paw Licking, Peter Rocket, Banjo Boy, Kiss Me Ketut, Dyna Nalin, Tomic Bale, Innocent Til.
Group 1 Temlee – honour roll
2003 Excite Ability
2004 Hotline Hero
2005 Paua To Burn
2006 Closing Argument
2008 Whippy’s Image
2009 El Galo
2011 High Earner
2012 Radley Bale
2014 Zelemar Fever
2015 My Bro Fabio
2017 Lightning Frank
2018 Striker Light
2019 Barooga Brett