Young Guns heads huge month for Ipswich

Caption: Trainer Jeanette Cauchi with her chaser Samson Brockie, one leg of a winning treble for the trainer at Ipswich recently. (Photo: Just Greyhound Photos)

Ipswich News With Mike Hill

IPSWICH is heading into one of its big months of racing.

The club will stage the $15,700 Grand Prix (732m), the $25,000 Young Guns Series (520m) and the $6500 Past Members (288m) during July.

Only the club’s flagship carnivals – the Group 2 Gold Cup ($110,000) in November, the Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial  Maiden ($72,000) in February and the Group 3 Ipswich Auction Series ($57,500) in April carry more prizemoney.

Top Group-winning trainer Tony Brett has an amazing record in the Young Guns series.

Brett won the inaugural feature back in 2003 with the Les Bein-owned Bogie Leigh.

The bitch would go on to a brilliant career, carry the ‘Queens of the Track’ title and later gain Hall-of-Fame status.

Brett has dominated the race since with another seven winners – Quidame (2005), Pinch Bar (2006), Velocity Force (2009), Regal Lauryn (2013), Aston Jadore (2016), Jury (2017) and Hara’s Clyde (2020).

The only other trainers with multiple winners are Reg Hazelgrove and Ray Burman with two winners each.

Brett admits the Young Guns is a hard race to win.

“You just have to look at the quality of the winners over the years, not just my dogs,” he said.

Brett agreed  the race had been a great stepping stone for some of his outstanding chasers, including Bogie Leigh, Regal Lauryn and Jury.

Seven of his winners went on to race at Group and FFA level.

“It’s a great series for young dogs and it’s been a good race for me,” Brett said.

He attributes his success to the fact that Ipswich is his ‘local’ track.

Heats of the Young Guns will be run on July 23 with the final a week later, while the Grand Prix will be staged on July 23.

Last year’s Grand Prix was won by the brilliant South Australian stayer Sir Truculent under the care of Brett for trainer Walter Harkins.

Sir Truculent had won the $145,000 Group 1 Queensland Cup (710m) at Albion Park at his previous start.

His Ipswich success was a nice bonus before he returned to SA.

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MEANWHILE, organisers Bobby and Amy Broadrick were over the moon with the response to the Ipswich greyhound flood appeal.

In association with the Ipswich Greyhound Club, Bobby Broadrick said the appeal had raised more than $10,000.

“This well and truly surpassed our target of $6000,” she said.

“We received great support from people within the industry.

“Everyone helped us from Rob Essex (president) and the Ipswich club to the wonderful stud masters and everyone who bought tickets.

“It was an amazing response and showed there is still a lot of good in Australia.

“We just wanted to do something for those in need.

“Some of our owners and trainers lost everything in the floods earlier in the year and they needed our help.”

The Broadricks, based at West Ipswich, organised the much-sought-after raffle comprising 15 straws from some of the nation’s outstanding sires, including Shima Shine, Sennachie, Orson Allen, Bernado, Good Odds Harada, Fast Times and Stinger Noir.

“The stud representatives I contacted were so eager to help the appeal,” said Amy.

“The Daillys, George and Andrea,  were the first  ones on board and offered two straws from Shima Shine.”

Rob Essex was full of praise for the Broadricks.

“The girls did a super job, they did all the work,” he said.

“They canvassed the studmasters and created all the enthusiasm that made the appeal so successful.

“They set a target of $6000 and came close to doubling it.”

Essex, one of the lucky winners, drawing a Raw Ability straw, said stud master Anthony Azzopardi  had indicated he would have liked to have done more.

“We even had stud masters wanting to contribute right up until the night of the draw,” he said.

“It was great to see the greyhound fraternity supporting such a worthy cause.”

The winners were: Shima Shine – Brandon Power; Shima Shine Elaine Cartechini; Bernardo – Tony Brett; Sennachie – Tony Zammit; Orson Allen – Brett Hall; Zulu Zeus – Kieren Galloway; Whiskey Riot – Mark Rowe; Hooked On Scotch – Jeff Holland; Jury – Cecil Druery and Lina Langmaid; Good Odds Harada – Serena Lawrence; Raw Ability – Rob Essex; Fast Times – Diane Hannon; Barooga Brett – Wayne Dunsmore; Hansome Prince – Bobby Broadrick; Stinger Noir – M Gardiner.

PAWNOTE: Full results on Ipswich club’s website.

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TRAINER Jeanette Cauchi landed a winning treble in successive races at Ipswich last month, equalling the deeds of Pauline Byers and Paul Graham.

Cauchi’s winners were the beautifully bred litter mates Queen Of Samson ($1.80 fav) and Emerald Dragon ($1.50 fav) and the equally regally-bred  Samson Brockie ($4.20).

Queen Of Samson and Emerald Dragon are by Zambora Brockie from Regal Emerald {Barcia Bale-Regal Lauryn}, while Samson Brockie is by Zambora Brockie from Regal Jade {Barcia Bale-Regal Lauryn}.

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