Ipswich boasts quality auction

30th September 2021

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Caption: Trainer Peter Sullivan (centre back) with connections after Pokie Payout hung on to win a thrilling Futurity final (520m) at Ipswich (Photo: Just Greyhound Photos)

By MIKE HILL

POTENTIAL owners will have a wonderful opportunity to bid for quality youngsters at the annual Ipswich Puppy Auction this month.

Superbly bred pups by some of the country’s leading sires will be offered for sale on Sunday, October 10, starting at 10.30am.

Heading the list (Lot 1) is a pup by super sire Barcia Bale from the smart Bella Infrared bitch Ricolina Girl offered by Brett Kline.

Ricolina Girl, a 12-race winner with $38,330 in stakes, is a sister to Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner and Sandown Park 515m track record holder (28.90s) Hard Style Rico.

Norma Dacey is offering a male pup from her wonderful speed machine Jeannie Dreaming (24 wins) by in-demand sire Zambora Brockie.

Jeanie Dreaming is a litter sister to star sprinter CoryKodi (35 wins, $137,000) and has already produced a Fernando Bale litter including Nando Dreamer (seven wins, $47,000) and Dreamy Dan (10 wins, $36,000).

A Paul Supple pup by hugely influential American sire Superior Panama from star broodbitch She’s Scandalous should create a lot of interest.

She’s Scandalous offspring already include He’s All Shine (13 wins, $133,000) Bobby The Brute (15 wins, $109,000), Projectory (10 wins, $76,000) and Kenny The Brute (nine wins, $53,000).

Flynn Crick has two pups from a Zambora Brockie-Solo Mission litter for sale. Solo Mission, the winner of 21 races, is from a wonderful litter and a famous Queensland damline, while astute owner-breeder Jane Crawford is offering four pups from the Out Of Range-Hazy Jane mating.

The dam is a litter sister to Group 1 Winter Cup winner Fabulous Storm (12 wins, $173,000), Whirly Way (11 wins, $53,000) and Cheeky Freyer (16 wins, $51,000) and mother of Misty Haze (eight wins, $56,000) and Cool Change (18 wins, $36,000).

Two pups certain to grab the attention of buyers are from a Barcia Bale-Zipping Blondie litter offered by Blair Guthrie.

Zipping Blondie, the winner of five races and $26,000, is a sister to boom young stud dog Zipping Garth and Group class staying bitch Zipping Truvy.

Cyril Anderson has three pups – a bitch and two dogs – on offer from the unraced Vince A Bella (Fernando Bale-My Lady Day) by Hooked On Scotch.

Vince A Bella is from a smart litter that included Hardaway Ranger (16 wins, $32,970), Connections (seven starts, seven wins) and Boaz (six wins, three placings from 10 starts).

An earlier My Lady Day litter by Barcia Bale produced Hardaway Harada (37 wins, $69,385), Hardaway Titan (32 wins, $55,850) and Cee Jay’s Boy (27 wins, $55,825).

What makes the Anderson pups interesting is that they are by Hooked On Scotch, a son of Barcia Bale.

The Toowoomba breeder also has an intriguing  group of three pups – a male and two females – by the ill-fated Irish sire Group Skater  from  the  smart Fernando Bale-Zipping Tess bitch Zipping Olympia (nine wins, $27,727).

Group Skater went to stud as one of the highest rated, top performing sons of Top Honcho, but cancer cut short a promising stud career.

He was from the wonderful staying bitch Group Special, winner of the Ted Hegarty Marathon in record time.

Group Skater, successful in 29 open class races in both Ireland and the UK, including The Golden Jacket at Crayford, held the 750 yards record at Shelbourne Park and the 700 yards record at Kilkenny.

Anderson said he was racing in Melbourne at the time when he secured several Group Skater straws.

The Ipswich club, in the midst of a feast of feature racing, unveils its new-look auction on Sunday, October 10, starting at 10.30am.

This year the auction has been split into two – ‘for sale only’ and ‘breeder buy in’ categories.

And for the first time, only pups in the ‘for sale’ section will go under the hammer – and there’ll be no buybacks.

Pups in the ‘breeder buy in’ category are not required to attend the sale and will automatically be eligible for auction races.

President Colin Fry said the club had introduced the ‘for sale’ classification to give buyers a realistic opportunity to purchase quality pups and he was more than pleased with the response.

“A total of 42 lots will go under the auctioneer’s hammer,” he said.

“Each pup will have a genuine reserve price and bidding will start at $1500.

“The auctioneer will be advised when a pup has reached its reserved price.

“If a pup fails to reach its reserve, the nominator will be able to negotiate with the final bidder on sale day.

“However, pups must change ownership that day to be eligible for the auction races.”

Fry also said 66 pups had been registered in the ‘breeder buy in’ category.

Meanwhile, feature racing is in full swing at Ipswich.

Young trainer Jedda Cutlack landed her second feature final within weeks when talented sprinter Showdown powerfully won the $12,600 Ipswich Derby (520m).

Several weeks earlier the brindle dog (Sh Avatar-Sawadee) had been successful in the $16,800 Molly Campbell Silver Dollars (520m) at Albion Park.

“It’s a great feeling,” Cutlack, who is fast becoming one of the standout young trainers in south-east Queensland,  said after the Ipswich success.

But she refused to take all the glory.

“It’s mostly all the dog’s work,” said the trainer, who’s only had her licence for 18 or so months..

“He’s done really well.”

Cutlack said she was reasonably confident going into the final.

“He’s racing well and I knew if he came out well he should hang on, ” she said.

And that’s exactly how the race unfolded.

Showdown, a $6.50 chance despite an impressive heat win seven nights earlier, beat the Lyndall Brand-trained Feel The Beat ($9) by one-and-three-quarter lengths, with Paul McIveen’s Sunshine Delight ($26) another three lengths back third.

Like his heat victory, Showdown began quickly from a wide box (seven), crossed to lead the field into the back straight and was strong to the line, clocking a smart 30.38s.

Cutlack has been surprised by Showdown’s instant success after taking over the dog’s preparation in mid-August.

He came to her from NSW with a 5-2-1 record from 20 starts, but from just seven Queensland runs Showdown has recorded four wins, including two feature triumphs, and two thirds, pushing his total earnings to S38,825.

Meanwhile, the Peter Sullivan-trained sprinter Pokie Payout just outlasted a game Spring Kono to win a thrilling Futurity final (520m) at Ipswich.

Pokie Payout, the $3.50 favourite, had matched motors with the Pauline Byers-prepared Spring Kono ($8.50) well before the corner and the pair staged a grand battle all the way down the straight.

The Robert Ayres sprinter I’m Explosive ($8.50) finished two-and-a-half lengths back third.

Darren Johnstone’s $2.30 favourite Oxley Surround impressively won the $5250 Prostate Cancer Cup (630m) at Ipswich, beating the Jemma Daley-prepared Hara’s Penny ($4.60) by three lengths with another Johnstone runner, Stay Warm Bear, ($11) third.

Action this month at Ipswich revolves around the Col Harris Gold Sovereign series (630m), the Breast Cancer Cup (732m) and the Lady Trainers 5th Grade (520m).

The club will then gear up for its flagship event – the $113,000 Group 2 Ipswich Cup (520m) – with heats on November 4 and the $75,000-to-the-winner final on November 11.