Claude's Youngster To Stay Unbeaten At Ippy

88-year old Claude Dacey heads to Ipswich tonight with Daysea's Crick confident the youngster can retain his unbeaten record in a 520m Novice.

David Brasch

21 April 2022

88-year old Claude Dacey heads to Ipswich on Thursday night with Daysea’s Crick, confident the youngster can retain his unbeaten record in a 520m Novice.

Daysea’s Crick is from a litter bred by Claude’s neighbour Wayne Crick to his stud dog Black Lee, an October 2002 whelp, from Claude’s former top flight Albion Park performer Nikki Nettle.


“Crickey was looking for a bitch to use one of the last couple of straws he had for Black Lee so I loaned him Nikki Nettle,” said Claude.

The dam is a member of an outstanding Paw Licking-Dayseas Astra litter that included top flight sprinter Corykodi.

“I got a dog and a bitch from the litter and Crickey kept the rest of them,” said Claude. “The bitch, the only bitch in the litter, is useless, but all the dogs show great promise.

“Daysea’s Crick is a great chaser and has lots of early pace which will put him into the race tonight.

“But, that dog out in the eight (Hara’s Herbie) will be hard to beat.”

Daysea’s Crick has started twice, in a maiden heat and final at Ipswich, winning both in handy time.

“I’m not getting wrapped in him but he should win plenty of races if he keeps improving,” said Claude. “There are a few dogs in the litter that Wayne has that will be good.”

Claude tried to name the dog “Crickey” but Racing Queensland refused to allow it.

Nikki Nettle has since produced a litter of 10 pups by Tommy Shelby again on loan to another breeder and Claude has a dog and a bitch coming from the litter.

He and wife Norma have 30 dogs on their property, most of them in training.

Black Lee (Brett Lee-Nunkeri Bye)  was a top class race dog winning a feature race at Albion Park called Gateway To The Top. He was also second in the Group 1 Perth Cup, third in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and a finalist in the Group 1 Silver Chief.

At stud, from limited opportunities, he sired Auriga Fox the winner of the Group 2 Vince Curry Maiden in 2010, second in the Group 2 Qld Derby and third in the Group 2 Ipswich Auction.

“Crickey has one straw of semen left for Black Lee,” said Claude.

Clause also announced he had decided to commercially stand Corykodi at stud. An outstanding race dog, he won the Group 3 Devonport Cup and a number of feature races, but was multiple Group placed and finalist.