COME Christmas time this year, 35-year long Queensland greyhound man Kevin Macintosh wants to give himself a special present.
It is a trip to Victoria and the purpose is to run his smart middle distance dog Another Norris (Surf Lorian-Too Fonic) in the Group 1 Sale Cup.
Kevin was tossing about those plans after Another Norris had won in a slick 34.82 in a 600m 5th Grade at Albion Park last Thursday night.
It was his ninth win in 22 starts and he scored by a length and a half over Cyn’s Magic with a length and a quarter to First Fire in third.
“I’d love to take him to Victoria,” said Kevin.
“He is a fabulous traveler and the race would be right up his alley over 650 metres.”
Macintosh said a $10,000 graded race at Albion Park at Christmas time was also looming and equally tempting.
“But I’d love to go and one should never die wondering,” he said.
Another Norris was named in honour of Queensland greyhound racing great Syd Norris.
“I’ve been friends with Syd for many years,” said Kevin.
“When I first started working this dog at the straight track at Lawnton, Syd would be there to help out.
“He liked the dog from that first moment.”
Reg Kay named his champion sprinter and great sire Knocka Norris after his long-time friend Syd.
Norris’ grandson Dan Broxham is a greyhound steward and he and Macintosh put their heads together to find a name for the Surf Lorian-Too Fonic pup.
“Between us we couldn’t come up with much, so I just went with Another Norris,” said Kevin. “Old Syd is as proud as punch.”
Macintosh is being rewarded by Another Norris for what might have been with his dam Too Fonic.
“She was really special but she was injured in her first race start, a heat of the Brett Memorial at Albion Park, and battled forever after,” he said.
The first litter had only three pups survive and Kevin decided to repeat the mating. They are now nine months of age. The dam has recently been mated to Barcia Bale.
Coronary Cloud’s Stylish City Win
IT’S a pity last Thursday night’s Albion Park winner Coronary Cloud doesn’t have the heart of his trainer Glenn Smith.
Coronary Cloud (Banjo Boy-Three’s A Cloud) ran a handy 30.24 to win a 520m 5th Grade scoring by a length and a quarter over Lil Macie Breeze with a length and a half to Izy Gold in third.
It was his sixth win in 22 starts.
“He’s a handy dog but just struggles a little bit at the end of 520 metres,” said Glenn.
Smith has been battling cancer for the past few years but is steadfast in his drive to keep racing on. He has 12 dogs in training in his kennel.
“The chemo treatment in recent weeks has been a bit tough,” was all Glenn would say about his toughest of battles.
Smith’s great mate Gavin Lowe bred the litter and gave Glenn a bitch to train called Bikini Cloud who has already been a Group 2 Queensland Futurity finalist.
“Mathew and Dennis Reid had Coronary Cloud at the start of his race career but I got the chance to train this bloke when a few of Dennis’ own pups came into the kennels,” said Glenn.
Coronary Cloud landed a massive betting plunge when he won first-up for Glenn Smith at Maitland back in June when leading throughout.
“Just recently I thought he has needed a switch away from Albion Park and I gave him that with some runs at Lismore and Capalaba,” said Glenn.
“It switched him back on for Albion Park racing again as could be seen on Thursday night, his first run back at the track.
“I’ve been training dogs for Gavin Lowe for many, many years,” said Glenn.
“It’s been good for both of us.”
Hay Cyndie’s ‘Regal’ Win At The Creek
HAY Cyndie’s victory at Albion Park last Thursday night would not have gone unnoticed especially by those interested in bloodlines.
The bitch is from the last litter produced by champion brood Regal Silver.
Hay Cyndie is one of two dogs and three bitches produced by Regal Silver in March 2016 and is the first of the five to race.
She ran a handy 30.26 to win a 520m Novice as the raging hot $1.60 favourite scoring by two lengths over Alpha Atlas with Kyella in third.
The bitch has started five times for two wins having scored in a heat of the Eric Thomson Maiden series in October before falling in the final.
She then showed her promise with a third in the final of the Molly Campbell Silver Dollars two weeks ago to Spring Time Girl.
Her dam Regal Silver (Surf Lorian-Wongawillisue) has whelped six litters, twice to Premier Fantasy and others to Magic Sprite, Fabregas and Cosmic Chief.
They have earned $1.62 million for Bill and Cyndie Elson since they started racing late in 2013.
Obviously they are headed by the great Cyndie’s Magic (by Magic Sprite) winner of 44 races and $402,000 in stakes all of it won without ever winning a Group 1 race.
Such stars as Fabulous Bill ($131,000), Bill’s Fantasy ($127,000), Cyndie’s Special ($96,000), Hope’s Magic ($96,000), Abby’s Magic ($85,000) and Hope’s Fantasy ($80,000) etc. have been racetrack standouts.
While Hay Cyndie is just starting her chase for racetrack success, she certainly has started the right way.
Regal Silver would be proud.