By David Brasch
Tony Zammit is a household name in greyhound racing and racing was always in his family. Over a period of more than 30 years he has made his mark as an all time great trainer. Tony started training greyhounds from a property in Burnside Road, Ormeau near Beenleigh in the mid 1970s. Since then he has won 17 Brisbane metropolitan premierships. The first was at the Gabba in 1986, the latest at Albion Park in 2006. Along the way, Tony won 11 premierships in a row. Tony has trained four Queensland Greyhounds of the Year. They are Pewterfrost in 1983, Cool Marvel 1990, Elusive Odie 1992 and Trojan Tears 1993. He also trained magnificent sprinter and Sire of the Year from 2007 to 2010, Surf Lorian. Tony served on the committee of the Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club for around 10 years.
The first greyhound Tony Zammit trained was an escape artist called Sefton Piper. Tony and his brothers were running the breaking-in and trial track at Deception Bay and a local trainer gave Tony the dog because it was costing him more to get it out of the pound each week than it was costing to feed. Sefton Piper won two races for Zammit, a 482m maiden at Lawnton in 29.02 and a Fifth Grade over 609m in 36.89. It was back in 1976.
Since then Tony has trained household names in the industry like Trojan Tears, Credibility, Cool Marvel, Elusive Odie, Pewterfrost and Surf Lorian etc, and have made Zammit a huge name as a trainer. Tony won the Lawnton 100,000 three times with Philtransco, Latin Romeo and Run Rampant.
SINCE Tony Zammit first started training greyhounds back in 1976, some great gallopers have come into the kennel. Some of Tony's more notable greyhounds over the years have included:
PEWTERFROST The first great dog to come out of the Zammit kennel. He was Qld greyhound of the year in 1983 after winning the Finn Blinds Trophy, Scotch Whiskey Cup, Surf Life Savers Cup, Carlton Cup, Bundaberg Cup and Rockhampton Stayers Cup and setting track records at both those tracks. Also, he finished third in the National Distance Championship in Tasmania.
MARKABOY Won the 1988 Queensland Derby at the Gabba.
COVEN MISS Queensland Cup winner at Beenleigh.
COOL MARVEL Won the Constellation and Kirks Cup at the Gabba, the Qld Cup at Beenleigh, the Gold Coast derby and the Coca-Cola Classic at Lismore, but his finest run was a luckless second to Highly Blessed (at the peak of her form) in the Golden Easter Egg. He was Qld greyhound of the year in 1990.
ELUSIVE ODIE Queensland greyhound of the year in 1992. Won the Gabba Gold Cup, Presidents Cup, Spring Cup and was second in the National Distance Championship at Wentworth Park.
TROJAN TEARS The first greyhound to win both the NSW and Qld greyhound of the year titles in the same year - 1993. She won the Albion Park Gold Cup, set a track record at Wentworth Park and at that track won the Sydney Cup and Summer Cup and a special match race. She won the Winter Chase at Albion Park and an Interstate Challenge and was second to Pilgrim's Star in another Gold Cup.
CREDIBILITY Won the Lawnton Cup, Toowoomba Cup, Gold Coast Derby and spectacularly downed champion Jessica Casey to win the Winfield Challenge, and was second in the National Derby. Credibility went on to be one of the most dominant sires in the Queensland breeding industry.
TOSS THE TEDDY Won the Coca-Cola Cup at Albion Park, the Lawnton Cup and Pine Rivers Cup at Lawnton, and was exceptional around the Gold Coast where he won the Golden Sands and Gold Coast derby.
RELIABILITY Won the Vince Curry Maiden and Ipswich 431m track record breaker.
TICKETY BOO Won the Lismore Cup, Gold Coast Cup, Grafton Sprinters Cup, Interstate Challenge at the Gabba and set the track record there.
NOBODY'S FOOL Won the Ipswich Auction, Potential Stakes at Wentworth Park, the Toowoomba Cup, Daily Planet Cup at Albion Park.
SURF LORIAN 19 starts, 15 wins, 1 2nd, 1 3rd. Won the Group 2 Peter Mosman Memorial WP, ran track records at Albion Park 520m (equal track record 29.73 twice), Ipswich 520m 30.18, Gold Coast 457m 25.6, Gold Coast 429m track record 24.06. Now a leading sire, Surf Lorian has been Queensland stud dog of the year from 2007 to 2010.
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