Recently retired Queensland owned sprinter Don’t Knocka Him is a finalist for the 2012 Victorian greyhound of the year.
Owned by Reg Kay of Lowood, Don’t Knocka Him (pictured) had a stellar year of racing throughout 2012. When racing in Queensland Kay trained the dog. For southern assignments, Melbourne’s Jason Thompson was the trainer.
The Graeme Bate trained David Bale and Irma Bale are the other finalists for the Victorian title, the winner being announced tonight at the Victorian awards function at Crown in Melbourne.
Jason Thompson has trained three previous Victorian greyhounds of the year. They are Light of Fire (1994), Whisky Assassin (2004) and El Galo (2008).
Bate trained greyhounds have won the award four times. Ibrox (1977), Hay Dinney (1988), Fair Sentence (1989) and Kantarn Bale (1999) have been his winners.
Irma Bale is attempting to become the seventh stayer in the past 25 years to win Victorian greyhound of the year. David Bale and Don’t Knocka Him were specialist sprinters.
Don’t Knocka Him, a son of Knocka Norris and Surf Queen, is a finalist for the 2012 Queensland greyhound of the year, alongside Glen Gallon, Got a Moment and He Knows Uno. The Queensland awards night is on Saturday, March 9.
Reg Kay could be in for a huge Friday. He has the very talented Shanghai Rose engaged in a semi final of the group 1 NCA National Futurity at the Gardens (Newcastle) this afternoon. The litter sister to Kay’s high profile performer Ima Geisha Girl has drawn box three in race six, set for 4.27 p.m. Queensland time.
There are two semi finals of the National Futurity, meaning runners finishing first to fourth will qualify for next Friday’s $75,000 to the winner final.
Kay won the 2008 National Futurity with Elite Oriental who is the dam of Shanghai Rose (by Bombastic Shiraz).
Albion Park stages a twilight meeting this afternoon, with ten events. Ipswich, utilised as a Red Cross flood victims evacuation centre this past week, resumes racing tomorrow (Saturday) night with 23 heats of the group 2 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden series over 520 metres.
These are non betting events, with runners attempting to qualify for round two to be run at Ipswich next Friday, February 8.
This Sunday will see the unusual situation of Albion Park and Ipswich racing at the same time. There are 12 races at Albion Park in the twilight zone and eight events at Ipswich. Both are TAB covered meetings. The Ipswich card will be telecast on the Sky Racing 2 channel.
Ipswich will stage an additional meeting next Wednesday night, February 6. This replaces Rockhampton which is flooded.
Story by Paul Dolan, photo by Corey Pearce.