TASMANIAN breeder Karlene Cuthbertson’s association with the Miss Cruise line continued at Devonport on Tuesday when Dooper was a brilliant winner of the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial.
Dooper, trained for Cuthbertson by Tasmanian Hall of Famer Butch Deverell, scored his first major trophy in a 18 start-career, while his March ’16 Fernando Bale x Millie Grace litter brother Reiki Master won the Tasbred Maiden Series at the Devonport showgrounds last November.
Cuthbertson was close to winning her first Launceston Breeders Classic last month, with numbers on her side Dooper was beaten just 1.75 lengths by Just Browsing as a $4.70 chance from box two.
“It would have been nicer to win the Breeders Classic; however, this win was special,” Karlene said.
“I owned a supermarket at Lillydale and a few trainers including Stuart Genge was one of the reps who called on the business so needless to say the conversation often turned to greyhounds.
“One thing led to another and out of the blue two pups were advertised for sale in greyhound paper.
“Those two pups we bought turned out to be Miss Bardie and Karsal Lad,” Karlene reflected fondly.
A full littermate to Troy Murray’s 2006 Group 1 Australian Cup winner Miss Spicy, Miss Bardie and Karsal were prepared by Leigh Wood throughout their careers. Miss Bardie retired in late 2005.
“It all started 12 years ago now, I’ve bred a few litters from Miss Bardie and they have all pups have been winners, her mating to Paddy’s Flame produced two good pups in Millie Grace and New Recruit, I though putting Fernando Bale would be a good cross that would suit Millie Grace.
Dooper was the fastest qualifier for Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial (452m) after a runaway 25.34 heat victory at his second Devonport win and he started $5.60 second favourite from box five in the final.
Beginning on terms with his rivals Dooper moved quickly driving up across to the fence, before drawing clear in the straight to score by 7 ¾ lengths from Halo Henry and Woosha in 25.31.
Dooper has now won 9 races with 5 minor placings from 19 career starts with $21,920 in prizemoney.
“I’ve been fortunate to win an Ivory Memorial previously in 2012 with New Recruit,” Karlene added.
In addition to the time-honoured $6,000 winner’s purse, Dooper gives Deverell his fifth Ivory Memorial success, following Copper Delight (2003/04), Light Ice Lad (2008) and Akka Boy (2015).
Karlene’s top notch chaser Thirteen Black was an all-round performer in Tasmania winning over distances between 400 – 700 metres, the son of Bond and Smart And Sassy won 27 from 70 starts.
“I have always been a follower of horse racing, but I couldn’t afford to get involved as an owner, I love all dogs, but greyhounds are beautiful animals and I’ve been lucky with the success,” she said.
Karlene inherently reported this week that her American import Flying Roswell (Bd’s Grayson x Flying Chattaroy) is due within a few weeks to her first litter by No. 1 champion sire Barcia Bale.