Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar 2022
Auckland Greyhound Club are proud to be the home of Silver Collar
Performance of the Day – KNOW KEEPER.
Roll Of Honour Silver Collar
Special thankyou to Candice and the team at TAB New Zealand for putting together this amazing footage of the Roll of Honours for the Silver Collar.
It’s In the Blood.
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The Silver Collar – Is it a “Big Boy’s”race?
The Quest for “The Silver Collar”.
When does it begin? Is it weeks, months, years or decades before?
For many breeders of the staying greyhound, it starts decades before. Their focus is on creating a greyhound that has the soundness of limb, the heart and lung capacity to sustain high performance over the longer race distance. Over years they nurture their bloodline, usually selecting sires who are proven to produce progeny that excel over the longer trip. They often line breed (duplicating a superior male or female that appears on the pedigree page 4 or 5 generations before). Always looking to improving the resulting performances, be it just by one or two percent per generation.
Be they be based in the South Waikato, the lower regions of the North Island or Canterbury Plains their vision the same, is to compete for one of the greatest prizes of New Zealand greyhound racing, the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar.
In more recent times, like minded breeders/trainers from the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands of NSW and the coastal regions of Victoria have crossed the Tasman Sea, they too in the chase for victory in this great race. Their motivation is both the prestige of the win and become part of the unique history that surrounds it.
For those rearing these specially bred pups, it starts around three years before.
As with all greyhound puppies the care and attention to detail in regard to feeding, housing, socializing and exercise is paramount to achieving success on race day. All pups need an environment that allows them to develop their athleticism, by free galloping with their mates therefore building muscle and skeletal strength. For those aimed at a staying career this stage of development and pre-race education it is longer than those preparing to race over shorter distances.
From the moment a young greyhound enters a racing kennel his or her trainer will closely monitor and evaluate their progress. In most cases it will be a year or more before the trainer is fully satisfied that the breeder’s selection of bloodlines, the dedication and patience of the rearer, together with the results from the first year of training that the greyhound has the capability to successfully compete in distance racing.
Then and only then, does the quest for “The Silver Collar” truly begin.