Memorial Events Take Centre Stage At Sandown

SANDOWN Park will celebrate the contribution of women in the sport of racing with the Judy Hayley and Karen Leek Memorials on Thursday.

Mick Floyd

8 June 2022

SANDOWN Park will celebrate the contribution of women in the sport of greyhound racing with the Judy Hayley and Karen Leek Memorials on Thursday night.

Judy Hayley, the popular trainer of the 2001 Melbourne Cup winner Classic Capri, lost her battle with leukemia in February 2012.

FIELDS AND FORM SANDOWN PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

In 2013 Sandown implemented a memorial race open to lady trainers only and has proven to be an important series on the feature race calendar in the decade since.

To maximise participation in the series, the race is restricted to greyhounds with no city wins. And while the grade may be low, the desire to win the race named in honour of one of the sport’s most revered participants remains high.

The race aligns with a number of other initiatives recognising the contribution of women in the sport of greyhound racing, and while Covid has affected a number of events over the last two years, it is hoped that the latest renewal of the race will help kick start the club’s on course events.

“It’s an honour for Judy,” said her partner, Glenn Rounds.

“Women in Racing is the theme of the night, and they have (former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police) Christine Nixon speaking, so they have the theme right.

“Their aim is to get some good nights together again and hopefully they kick it off on Thursday night.”

It has been a quiet few months on track for Rounds since the retirement of track record holder Aston Rupee, who is quickly proving popular with breeders.

Rounds said that both he and owner Ray Borda have been very happy with the response from breeders so far, and excitingly, already has his first litter on the ground.

“He’s going very well. We’ve only been going two months and I think Ray has sold 25 straws to bitches that are on season only.

“He became a dad on Saturday. His first bitch Aston Amore had six dogs and two bitches which is good, and his next are due any tick of the clock.”

Aston Amore, a daughter of Go Wild Teddy and Aston Elle, is also owned by Ray Borda.

The GOTBA Karen Leek Memorial, also worth $10,000, will also be run on Thursday night while the inaugural Marg Thomas Trophy for the most outstanding female contribution to the sport will also be awarded.