By TERRY WILSON
GETTING one Greyhound Of The Year title is good enough for most people.
So it is hats off to veteran husband and wife team Ray and Mary Burman for landing two such titles – and with litter mates to boot.
The Burmans were in the spotlight at the recent TAB Queensland Greyhound Of The Year awards night at Albion Park when they completed a rare double with Master Douglas and Dynamite Lucy.
And they added another gong with their champion broodbitch Bizarre Barbie.
Dynamite Lucy was named Brisbane GRC top dog for the 2019 season and Master Douglas grabbed the Capalaba straight track version.
The top-notch pair are from the same Paw Licking-Bizarre Barbie litter which has been a hugely successful mating for the couple, who are based at Park Ridge in Brisbane’s south-western suburbs.
In taking the Brisbane GOTY honours Dynamite Lucy raced at the Creek 36 times in 2019 for 11 wins, 12 seconds and seven thirds and a total of $82,000 in winnings.
At Capalaba the consistent Master Douglas won that club’s GOTY after 24 starts for nine wins and 10 placings.
Adding cream to the cake was the award given to Bizarre Barbie as Brisbane Dam of the Year.
Her progeny, mostly under the Burman conditioning, had 37 winners from 210 starts at the Creek for earnings of $250,000.
This list included Champagne Sally and Magic Hornet, both by Barcia Bale.
Understandably the Burmans were quite chuffed at their successes.
Now the search is on for the pair to come up with a greyhound that can tick off one of the most elusive items for the couple.
“On the bucket list is a Group 1 race – and it’ll come,” said Ray, a regular with Mary at Albion Park on Mondays and Thursdays, at Ipswich and at the Capalaba straight track.
Over the years the Burmans have been getting closer and closer to the big one.
Techno Man won a G2 Hume Cup and a G3 Queensland Cup (600m), Super Hornet won an Ipswich Cup when it was Group 2 and Champagne Sally won a Topgun Super Stayers in Melbourne and holds the 600m and 520m track records at Ipswich as well as the Albion Park 600m mark.
Ray’s forecast of a Group 1 win comes on the back of his high expectations of a litter coming through, Bizarre Barbie’s last one by exciting stud dog Aston Dee Bee, that is now 18 months old.
That is how the Burmans do it.
They breed the dogs, they rear the dogs, they break them in and they race them. It is a family operation with not much outside help.
The couple have been in greyhound racing since 1974 when they started off in Cairns in far north Queensland.
Meanwhile, the Chicka Scott Appreciation at Capalaba produced a thrilling finish when reserve Ando’s Reject (Greg Stella) took the $2450 first money for owner Donna Darcy.
Ando’s Reject (Magic Sprite-Muriel’s Memory) got home by a half-head but was in the field only because Capalaba administrator Erin Cameron had to scratch her runner My Girl Gracey, allowing the Stella runner to jump from box one.
Both winner and runner-up, the Tony Brett trained Capalaba Cup winner Hara’s Clyde were clocked in at a flying 19.46 seconds, not too far away from Leeroy Rogue’s track record of 19.22s.
Caption: Mary Burman with just some of the booty from a successful awards night (Photo: Box 1 Photography)