Coleman Reflects On First Egg Winner Ultra Sense

LEGEND dog man Jimmy Coleman says when he first started in greyhounds it was never about the money ... always about beating the bookies.

LEGEND dog man Jimmy Coleman says when he first started in greyhound racing it was never about the prizemoney … always about beating the bookies.

In those days he and wife Christine learned to “live off the punt”.

Which is surprising considering Jimmy and Christine won the very first running of the Golden Easter Egg in 1990, the first $100,000 greyhound race run in Australia.

FIELDS AND FORM WENTWORTH PARK FRIDAY NIGHT

They won it with the Archie and Fay Leverton bred and owned Ultra Sense, a daughter of Acacia Park and Sense Of Joy, the mother a bitch the Colemans gave to Archie to get him back into greyhound racing.

Christine Coleman back in the early days

“A very fast little thing,” recalled Jimmy. “She used to skim over the grass at Wenty back in those days.

“You know, if it had been run on loam like it is now, she would not have won.”

But win she did, leading throughout to beat Queensland star Acacia Ablaze and Valley Mail.

These days Jimmy and Christine Coleman live in a unit on the Gold Coast but have just bought a motor home and like to take long trips around the east coast.

“We'll be watching the Egg for sure,” said Jimmy. “I think Christine and I were born 30 years too early. Have a look at the prizemoney around today.”

Jimmy's memories of Ultra Sense are numerous.

“She was being reared as a pup, got to about 10 months and she and the rest of the litter all came down with a lameness that was genetic with some of the progeny of Acacia Park,” he said.

“All but two of the litter had to be put down it was that severe.

“Ultra Sense was one of those two that got over the problem.”

He also remembers her racetrack debut.

“It was in a maiden series at Singleton and she was a good thing,” he said.

“We got 5-2 in the heat, 3-1 in the semi and 5-2 in the final and she won them all.”

While that first Egg victory was a thrill he and Christine still relive every Easter, the win by Young Moss at Wentworth Park, the Coleman's first ever starter at the track, is one that stays in their memory as their greatest thrill.

Former top racer Legendary Kid

“I sold him that night for $6000,” said Jim.

“But months later we got him back to train and he looked shocking. We got him right again over a few months and landed probably the biggest SP plunge to that time.

“He then won the Derby and made the final of the Australian Cup.

“That was something.”

Today, Ultra Sense is honoured with a race named in her honour, the heats of which will be run on Friday night.

FIELDS AND FORM WENTWORTH PARK FRIDAY NIGHT

Ultra Sense was known as Jeanie at the Leverton home.

She produced three litters of pups, by Shining Chariot, Ginger and Dallas Duo.

“They weren't that good but a few won in town,” said Archie. “She wasn't a very good mother, not like her own mother Sense Of Joy.

“But Jeanie became our best mate at home. You would be surprised at how many people who came to the house had to visit ‘The Champ'.”

Latest News Articles