Madam Waltz On Song For Lismore Maiden Debut

KELLY Waltisbuhl heads to Lismore on Tuesday for her first foray into ownership when Madam Waltz runs in a heat of the Ladbrokes Maiden.

David Brasch

9 December 2019

KELLY Waltisbuhl will head to Lismore on Tuesday night for her first foray into greyhound ownership when Madam Waltz runs in a heat of the rich Ladbrokes Maiden (420m).

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Kelly, 37, comes from the famed Queensland harness racing Waltisbuhl family who have been in that industry since before night racing started in the early 1970s.

But Kelly is a “true believer” of greyhound racing and Madam Waltz (My Bro Fabio-Steel Rose) will be her very first race starter.

And, Madam Waltz comes into heat three of the Maiden series off a brilliant performance trial at Lismore running 24.07 for trainer Julie King at Warragai Creek near Grafton.

“It was a brilliant performance trial,” said Kelly. “And Julie and her partner Jim Gallaway both said the bitch is only 80 percent wound up so far.”

Madam Waltz is just 23.3kgs.

“I got her reared by Simone Kellermeyer at Casino and everyone admits she was just a pup during rearing,” said Kelly.

“She broke in 18.89 at Postman’s Ridge so I sent her to Julie and Jim and they have already done a marvelous job on her.

“She’s had a couple of niggling injuries along the way, but Julie and Jim have got her coming out of the boxes on fire and running very slick first sections. They have been very patient with her.

“Jim said he was quite surprised by the time she ran in the performance trial.”

Looming large against Madam Waltz is Tony Brett’s Hara’s Clyde (Fernando Bale-Hara’s Annie) who ran 23.89 in his performance trial at Lismore.

“I was aware that Tony’s pup was broken in at Postman’s Ridge at the same time as Madam Waltz and he went much, much quicker,” said Kelly.

“But my bitch really has improved since then.

“And we are very confident she will get 500 metres. All her family do.”

Dam Steel Rose was a finalist in the Group 3 Townsville Cup and a winner at Wentworth Park and Albion Park. She is a litter sister to Group star Weston East (17 wins, $132,000) and a half sister to Selena Zammit’s great stayer Double Gee, a son of Dyna Double One.