GCA - Greyhound Clubs Australia

Osti Too

By Neil Brown

Breeding: SIRE: Benjamin John DAM: Little Gorgeous

A better than handy stayer in her racing days she was runner-up in the 1973 Sydney Cup and a finalist that same year in the Wentworth Park Gold Cup a feature won by her sister Fantasy Lady.

Osti Too produced three litters firstly in 1975 she whelped three pups to The Smoother in October 1975, four pups to Dusty Rapid in November 1977 and six pups to the mighty Temlee in November 1978 a number of her daughters had pups with perhaps the most significant Osti Lee, she produced 44 offspring. Osti Lee a handy race dog produced six individual Group 1 winners. This made Osti Too the first dam of champion Osti Shadow (Admiral Lynch x Osti Lee March 85). Plus Mary Casey (Royal Rumpus x Osti Lee, November 86) National Distance Champion 1989.

Osti Too in action winning at Harold Park

Osti Too’s third dam line produced champion Group 1 winning sire Call Me Casey (Amerigo Man x Mary Casey, April 1980). Superstar race bitch the 1991 NSW Greyhound of the Year Jessica Casey (Amerigo Man x Osti’s Shadow, January 89) she also won the Group 1 Easter Egg and National Sprint Championship in 1991. Master Hilo (Glider’s Son x Osti’s Magic, January 1988) winner of the 1990 National Derby. Queensland Greyhound of the Year 1992 Elusive Odie (West Cape x Elusive Osti, December 1989).  While this line also produced Gun Law Osti (Brother Fox x Miss Dusty Lee, March 1990) the sire of Hall of Fame superstar race dog and world famous sire the immortal Brett Lee. He is perhaps the most significant breeding influence in Australia, England and Ireland of the last decade.

On Osti Too fourth dam line we had significant stars produced by way of Bobniak (Farloe Melody x Paris Match, September 1995) NSW Greyhound of the Year 1997. Influential sire History Lesson (Credibility x Shadow Osti, February 1997), 1999 Easter Egg winner and top sire Stately Bird (Black Shiraz x Dolly Bird, July 1997). Plus 1997 National Sprint Champion Prince Of Tigers (Malawi Prince X Amazing Osti, October 1995).

On Osti Too’s fifth dam line again it produced outstanding race dogs.  Osti’s Joker (Gallant Ruler x Versatile Osti, December 1996), the 2000 Victorian Greyhound of the Year, and the 2000 Group 1 National Distance Champion and Sandown Cup winner. 2003 Easter Egg winner Cyrus The Virus (Black Shiraz x Mystery Bird, April 2000). 2002 WA Allstars winner, Twain (Black Shiraz x Mystery Bird, April 2000) and 2008 Bob Payne Winter Stake winner Dana Gretel (Go Wild Teddy x Runaway Tiger, March 2006).

Her sixth generation pups saw line continue with outstanding NSW stayers Best Quoted and her sister Last Quoted (Token Prince x Miss Quoted, October 2002). Best Quoted won Group races in three states including the Group 1 Sandown Cup. Her sister Last Quoted also a multi Group winner, won the Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup and made features in three states.

Osti Too’s owner and breeder Ted Doss is undeniably among the most influential breeders Australian Greyhound Racing has seen, his revered Osti line continues to be keenly sought by owners, trainers and breeders throughout the industry to the present day. From humble beginnings back 60 years ago, Doss established a breeding dynasty envied far and wide.

At his OSTI TOO kennels at Wallendbeen near Cootamundra in south west New South Wales Doss became involved as a 14 year old when living at Yanco and a fellow named Eddie Oldershaw gave him a greyhound too slow to catch a rabbit. Doss was always more interested in the breeding aspect and followed that path most of the time.

He had a bitch named Silky Echo who was pretty quick but couldn’t run more than 350 metres he put her to a dog standing at Junee named Smart Conjuror the dog had won the 1962 Hobart Maiden 1000 but couldn’t run much further than 400 metres. People at the time claimed Doss was crazy putting a short course sprinter to another. However she threw Fantasy Lady and Little Gorgeous outstanding 700 yard dogs at Harold Park. Doss proving there is no rhyme or reason to why breeding works.

Silky Echo was his foundation bitch as from Little Gorgeous came Osti Too. The “Osti” name came from a line of clothing and it kicked on from a name one of Ted Doss’ children gave to a race dog. Once his children became involved naming most of the race dogs the Osti prefix took hold.

Now 83 Ted Doss was too ill to make the trip to Sydney in 2009 to receive the induction of Osti Too into the AGRA Hall Of Fame he sent his longtime family friend Barbara Judd to collect the award. Barbara expressed how proud Ted was of his mighty brood bitch Osti Too. Barbara’s daughter Cheryl Newcombe raced Jessica Casey given to her by Ted Doss.

Osti Too is described by Australian breeding expert Peter Rose as one of the three most influential brood bitches of the last 40 years.

Barbara Judd accepts on behalf of Ted Doss   

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