CAPTION: Ken Boody (left) after a Rockhampton win with First Black Jack last year. First Black Jack was one of seven winners on the same day for the in-form kennel in late June.
Chase writer MIKE HILL tracks the trainers who recorded multiple-winners at a single track across the past month
DALMA trainer Ken Boody admits he’s living the dream.
Boody, based in a small rural community west of Rockhampton, is currently having his best ever year and up until mid last month had rugged up a total of 125 winners in 2022.
He was sitting in 10th place on the all-Australian trainers points table (125 wins, 75 seconds and 65 thirds) and had a 28 per cent winning strike rate – the best in the top 10.
His team has amassed prizemoney totalling almost $366,000.
“I’ve definitely surprised myself with my results so far this year,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to make a living from training and it’s working out well so far.”
Boody, who had been working in the mines, decided in April last year to focus more on the greyhounds.
“I used to have a few dogs when we lived in Mackay but I gave it away when the kids were growing up,” he said.
Boody, who has been around greyhounds most of his life, moved from Mackay with his family, including his dad Steve, to their current four-acre property at Dalma, about 40kms from Rockhampton, just over two years ago.
Earlier this year his uncle and aunty, Mick and Amber Boody, also moved to the property, from Brisbane with a group of smart chasers.
“It’s a real family thing with everyone helping, ” he said.
With winners coming thick and fast, Team Boody has quickly developed into a highly successful kennel.
Early in the year Boody led in seven winners at a Rockhampton meeting – his best result ever – then in late June he equalled his one-day feat , although it was at two different tracks.
In the afternoon he landed a winning double at Ipswich with first-time starter White Like Snow and smart sprinter Dixie Gambles, while at night he rugged up a winning quintet at Rockhampton – littermates Raven On Koby and Saron (Surf Lorian-Raven On), Ring Me, First Black Jack and Noise Works.
A few weeks back Boody picked up another one-day ‘five’ with a winning double at Ipswich and a Rocky treble and has since led in another pair of trebles at Rockhampton.
And his big team is likely to get even stronger in coming months with a smart crop of youngsters coming through.
“We have about 13 pups in the process of getting broken in and coming into the system,” the trainer said.
He has high hopes for a couple of litters from broodbitch Night Time Lover, mother of outstanding country sprinter Zip Stream (Zipping Garth) by promising young sires Sennachie and Whiskey Riot.
Meanwhile, several other trainers across the country landed sizeable multi winners at their local tracks, including Steele Bolton (at Darwin) and Peter Sims (Temora) with six each, and Jodie Lord led in five winners at Wentworth Park, matched by Andrew McLaren at Mandurah .
A large group claimed four winners: Andrea Dailly (Ballarat and The Meadows), Darren Taylor (Bundaberg), Anthony Bullock (Launceston), Nicole Price (Murray Bridge), Steele Bolton (Darwin twice), Peter Brown (Mandurah), Tony Rasmussen (Murray Bridge), Bill McMahon (Traralgon), Darren Wort (Bathurst) and Robert Camilleri (Geelong), who also picked up two doubles on the same day at Traralgon and Ballarat.
And for some it was a matter of keeping it in the family.
Tim Britton and his uncle Jeff both landed winning doubles at The Meadows and also at Sandown Park; Tony and Lisa Rasmussen rugged up a double each at Angle Park, while Jack Trengove picked up a winning treble and his uncle Clint a double at Gawler.
Trainers with winning trebles included:
NSW: Charlie Northfield (at Casino), Peter Sims (Temora three times), Daryl Breust (Wagga) and Peter Lagogiane (Gosford).
Victoria: David Geall (Geelong), Matt Lanigan (Geelong), Angela Langton (The Meadows twice), Jessica Sharp (Warragul and Ballarat), Robert Camilleri (Traralgon), Aaron Debattista (Shepparton), Tracey Salter (Horsham), Jeff Britton (Sandown Park), Phillip Lenehan (Horsham) and Bill McMahon (Sale).
SA: David Peckham (Mt Gambier four times), Tracie Price (Mt Gambier twice), Ben Rawlings (Murray Bridge) and Yvonne Maxwell (Murray Bridge).
Queensland: Sandra Hunt (Capalaba), Tony Brett (Albion Park twice), Ken Boody (Rockhampton twice), Jemma Daley (Albion Park), Darren Taylor (Bundaberg twice), Brad Belford (Townsville), Greta Thomson (Townsville), Frank Hurst (Albion Park) and Cyndie Elson (Albion Park).
WA: Chris Halse (Cannington), Krystal Shinners (Mandurah) and James Jeffries (Cannington).
Tasmania: Blake Pursell (Hobart) and Anthony Bullock (Launceston three times).NT: Graeme Ferns (Darwin) and Steele Bolton (Darwin twice).