CLUB NEWS 2022
VALE – Swift Fantasy – (Aka Lady Bug)
Earlier today (14th July), just 12 days after her 15th birthday, Swift Fantasy crossed the Rainbow Bridge, peacefully lying on the bed of her devoted carer in recent years, Steve Codlin.
The daughter of the Irish sire Premier Fantasy and Swift Fantasy, she was bred in 2007 by prominent Victorian stud master and breeder, Geoff Collins. Beginning her racing career from the Wayne Vassallo kennels she notched her first win over 600m at Geelong at her 4th start, (in fact all her 14 wins during her 36 career starts were at 600m and beyond).
From her very first race, her racing style was to drop out behind rest of the field and power home. This somewhat extreme racing style drew the displeasure of the Victoria Race Stewards who in December 2009 issued her with a Fail to Chase certificate. Geoff Collins who had a developed successful relationship with the late Steve Clark was the driving force behind her crossing the Tasman to join his small kennel.
Winning her first start at Whanganui over the 715m in April 2010, her racing style that caused the displeasure of the Aussie stewards became simply a pleasure for greyhound followers here.
That race was a heat of the Grp.2 Wanganui Stayers. A week later in the final she was victorious again coming from a lonely last mid race to slice through a quality field and win decisively. Her next three starts saw three spectacular wins over the 779m trip, including the Grp.1 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Final and The Top Dog Invitation Challenge. A selected 4 dog field that saw her race against an Australian visitor and near relative Nellie Noodles, Silver Collar runner up Rasmah and another smart staying bitch Bonny Bouchea.
The excitement of her racing style not only bought large crowds to the track (including many for the first time) she delivered our code with invaluable mainstream television coverage. Swift Fantasy, Steve Clark and Kathy Wilson and her loyal band of close supporters did greyhound racing proud.
Needing the longer staying races to show her best, she didn’t have as many opportunities as those greyhounds who over the shorter distances. Travelling to Christchurch, on her first trip she flashed home for third to Awesome Bender in the Grp. 2 2010 NZ Stayers Cup. Returning in 2011 to win the event in her amazing trade mark style.
Contesting her second Silver Collar Final in 2011, she flashed home to finish second to Nina’s Girl. (This race is remembered as “The Girls” race as the bitches; Nina’s Girl, Swift Fantasy, Thrilling Quest, Opawa Patty and Thrilling Reign, took the five top placings from the boys).
The last race of her breathtaking career was the 2012 Silver Collar Final, finishing a gallant third behind Mr. Chino and Thrilling Brat, therefore in three consecutive years she took all three podium positions. A testament to her ability and Steve’s understanding of her needs and his training prowess
Video footage of her spectacular winning performances have been viewed on Youtube over 150,000 times. Her name to the fore on greyhound internet chat sites when discussion centres around some of the most astonishing performers ever. There will no doubt be remembered for decades to come. For those of us who watched her race live it was something never to be forgotten.
There was a special bond between Lady and Clarkie, retiring to spend her days with him as a special house pet, before his passing just over two years ago. During her final years she has been shared a couch and a bed with Steve Codlin, who has cherished his time with this amazing little chaser know around the house as Lady Bug.
RIP – Swift Fantasy 2007 – 2022.
“Give ’em a Taste of K1W1”
Lochinvar Brando (Bo)
whelped 23 March 2011
Dam: Smart Betsy
We were delighted to have Bo (Lochinvar Brando) as our honorable celebrity guest at our Auckland Greyhound race meeting (22nd May)
During Bo’s racing career he had 22 wins.
Winner of the 2014 Silver Collar, trained by D. Schofield.
Bo is having a wonderful retirement with Deidre and family
Wishing him all the best.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers.
Saturday 16th April, 2022
An Every Day Story.
What’s in a Name.
The Railway Sprint.
The Wheeler Influence in the 2022 Auckland Cup Final Field.
TAB Betting Promotions:
Auckland Cup Day
The AGRC acknowledges the NZERB in providing the following betting promotions for the race meeting on Sunday 6th March 2022
* Bonus back on the first 4 races
* $5k guaranteed First 4s on all races
* $10k guaranteed terminating Pick 6
Family History in the Railway Final.
Something Special – GRADE RECORD.
WINSOME ASHLEY TROPHY
GROUP ONE GLORY – 2021 Grp. 1 Auckland Cup.
Congratulations – LINDA LAING
Full of Secrets gave Linda her first training success in our code. She is however no stranger to training success by achieving victories at the most prestigious levels with her small team of horses both locally and at the fiercely competitive Australian Carnivals.
Currently, Linda’s day are “full on”, dedicated not only preparing both horses and hounds for the track. Together with much valued help of family members she is catering to the needs involved in rearing a large litter of greyhound pups.
Well done, Linda
AGRC’s 527m Grade 4 Record
A matter of Debate
THE KILTY LAD – JUST ONE SMILE LITTER – REACH THE BIG FIVE-O.
Tamantha Celebrates in Style
Clarification re misinformation distributed by SAFE
December 12th 2021
Live Streaming wins on debut for Thayne Green & Danielle Elder his sire Zinzan Brooke is an Australian group one winner. Dam Zipping Lucy won races in Queensland before crossing the Tasman. He is the first of litter bred by the K1W1 Syndicate to race.
Congratulations Peter Heterick,
December 5th, 2021
Zoe Star leads from the box to post giving Peter his first win as an owner and trainer. Her winning time of 18.59 seconds is a new personal best.
Now winning eight straight, Wheels On Fire, joins the Gary Donovan Memorial Stakes honours roll.