Caption: There are some very familiar ‘new’ faces at Ipswich to welcome the national spotlight for the club’s cup meeting on November 11. Ipswich Greyhound Club stalwart Merv Page, above right, has returned for his second stint as president, joining another recent appointee, club patron, Paul Tully, who is a long-time Ipswich city councillor and former greyhound owner. They are pictured with well-known club operations manager Narelle Long.
Ipswich Cup (520m)
Group 2 feature
$75,000 to the winner
Heats: November 4; Final: November 11
By MIKE HILL
THE Wayne Scott camp is hoping brilliant sprinter Farmor Beach can become the first greyhound to win consecutive Ipswich Cups over 520m.
No greyhound has won the Cup in successive years since the race distance was lengthened from 512m in 2002.
The feature was first run in 1983 and the only dual winner in the 512m era was the Sid Lewis-trained Haylewie Miss, victorious in 1991-92.
Farmor Beach is unbeaten at the track with victories in last year\’s G3 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden Series (520m) and the G2 $75,000-to-the-winner Ipswich Cup.
Scott, based at Churchable, said the sprinter was headed for this month\’s Cup despite the kennel receiving an invitation for the G1 Topgun at The Meadows in Melbourne.
\”I would like to go to the Topgun but with everything going on around Covid-19 we\’ve decided to stay and go to Ipswich,\” he said.
\”It makes more sense to stay at home and take him to the Cup.
\”He was educated at the track and he obviously likes it.\”
Farmor Beach has had five runs over the Ipswich 520m for five victories, clocking a fast 30.33s (PB) three times.
The brindle dog (Fernando Bale-Kinloch Beach) – a logical early favourite for the Cup – is racing in career-best form after two impressive wins at Albion Park last month, one in a super slick 29.62s (BON).
Those wins followed his brilliant all-the-way victory in the State Sprint Championship (29.64s) at headquarters in mid-August.
\”He\’s going as good as ever,\” Scott said. \”He\’s a professional, honest race dog. He chases hard and loves the inside.
\”He\’s a better dog if he can draw on the fence.
\”He rails hard. You couldn\’t get a sheet of paper between him and the rails (when he\’s on the lure).\”
With 22 wins and 13 placings from 50 starts, Nipper, as he is known around the Scott kennels, has already amassed more than $264,000.
And Scott truly believes that without Covid the sprinter\’s record would be far greater.
The trainer said Farmor Beach would go into the Cup series without a trial on the track.
\”He knows Ipswich. We just have to hope he gets a good box in the heats so we can get to the final,\” he said.
\”Luck and the box draw play a big part in big races.\”
Scott said Farmor Beach was the best dog he had trained, although he also had dual Group winner Farmor Las Vegas.
\”That dog was trained by Robbie Britton and he did most of his racing in Melbourne,\” he said.
Meanwhile, Ray and Mary Burman are likely to launch a strong three-pronged assault on the Cup with talented litter mates Stanton Warrior and Davey Fawner and the smart sprinter Magic Prince.
The Burmans, who won the Ipswich Cup in 2007 with Super Hornet, were in good spirits after both Stanton Warrior and Davey Fawner scored impressive wins at the track last month.
It was part of a winning treble for the owner-trainer combination.
While Davey Fawner got the fly on his rivals to win by nine-and-a-half lengths in a slick 30.39s, Stanton Warrior showed strength and grit to run down the Tony Brett-trained $1.85 favourite Enthusiastic in a best-of-night 30.36s.
Stanton Warrior, who ran an amazing 29.85s at his first race start at Albion Park in mid-July, has been a bit of a problem child for his connections, missing the start or finding trouble in running.
\”But he got a much better start at Ipswich,\” Mary said.
\”He\’s a very strong dog and hopefully he\’s learning.
\”He\’s been a bit slow out of the boxes. It\’s something he has to sort out himself.
\”I was very happy with the way he went about his work the other night.\”
Burman said the litter brothers (Out Of Range-Champagne Sally) would target the Rising Stars Series at Albion Park (last month) and then head to Ipswich for the Cup.
The Ipswich feature has had its share of star winners over the years, including the likes of New Tears (1987), Acacia Ablaze (1989), Roanokee (1996) and Thirty Talks (2016).