AGRA - Australian Greyhound Racing Association

Australian Greyhound of the Year

The Australian Greyhound of the Year was introduced in 2002 and is now recognised as the ultimate achievement in individual greyhound racing success.

The Australian Greyhound of the Year is selected by a media and administration panel from all over Australia. The Award was presented on special editions of the Sky Channel weekly greyhound programme, The Catching Pen, from 2002 to 2006. The 2006 Award (presented in 2007) was hosted at The Meadows by the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association and the 2007 Award (persented in 2008) was hosted at Sandown by the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club.

The Australian Greyhound Racing Association then determined that the Greyhound Of The Year Award was to become a premier presentation night and a focal point for recognition of excellence from a National perspective.

The 2008 Australian Greyhound of the Year was presented in April 2009 at a gala function at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, NSW. The 2009 Australian Greyhound of the Year was hosted On March 12, 2010 by the Western Australian Greyhound Assocation (WAGRA) at Cannington and the 2010 Australian Greyhound of the Year will be hosted in 2011 by Greyhound Racing South Australia in Adelaide.
In 2012 the Greyhound of the Year was hosted by the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club. 
In a change of direction in 2013 the Meadows hosted the last of the awards to held on a calendar year and again hosted the 2012-2013 Awards in August.

The inaugural Australian Greyhound of the Year was Boomeroo. His success was followed by Bombastic Shiraz 2003, Whisky Assassin 2004,Pure Octane 2005, Betty's Angel 2006,Flashing Floods 2007, El Galo in 2008, Cindeen Shelby 2009, El Grand Senor 2010, Dyna Tron 2011, Miata 2012, Miata 2012-2013, Xylia Allen 2013-2014, Fernado Bale 2014-2015, 2015-2016 Dyna Double One.

The achievements of each of the Australian Greyhound of the Year winners are listed below.

2002 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Boomeroo

(World Title x Pali Gap)
Whelped October 1999
Owner-Trainer: Michael Edwards
Group wins: National Distance Championship (1),
McKenna Memorial (2), Dandenong Dry Cleaners (2), Gold Collar (2)

Picture: Boomeroo winning a heat of the McKenna Memorial at Sandown.



2003 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Bombastic Shiraz

(Black Shiraz x Bombastic Blonde)
Whelped April 2000
Owner-Trainer: Darren Cairns
Group wins: Australian Cup (1), Melbourne Cup (1),
TOPGUN (1).

Picture: Bombastic Shiraz winning 2003 Top Gun at the Meadows.

2004 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Whisky Assassin

(Awesome Assassin x Princess Whisky)
Whelped January 2002
Owner: Terrence Hines
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Group Race wins: Topgun (1), Geelong Cup (2), Shepparton Cup (2), Ballarat Cup (2), Shoutout (3)

Picture - Whisky Assassin winning the 2004 TOPGUN

 


2005 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Pure Octane

(Token Prince x Elusive Rebel)
Whelped January 2003
Owners: Dare To Dream Syndicate
Trainer: Darren McDonald
Group Race wins: 2005 National Sprint Championship (1),
Paws of Thunder (1), Australian Cup (1)

Picture - Pure Octane winning 2005 National Sprint Championship state final at Sandown Park


2006 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Betty's Angel

(Brett Lee-Leprechaun Yap)
Whelped November 2004
Race starts: 17 - 12 wins, 1 second, 1 third
Owner: Diane Bartolo
Trainer: Paul Bartolo
Group Race wins: Group 1 Melbourne Cup;
Group 1 Sapphire Crown Classic
Finalist: Group 2 South Australian Oaks (7th )
Prizemoney 2006: $250,050.

Picture - Betty's Angel winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup.


2007 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Flashing Floods

(Bombastic Shiraz x Floodfawn)
Whelped April 2004
Race starts: 36 - 21 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds.
Owner-Trainer: Gerry Cunnold
Group Race wins: Group 1 - Gleeson & Tonta, National Distance Championship, Perth Galaxy. Group 3 - New Year's Cup, Easter Chase, Chairman's Cup.
Total Career Prizemoney: $354,190

Picture - Flashing Floods winning the 2007 National Distance Championship.


2008 Australian Greyhound of the Year

El Galo

(Where's Pedro x Roxy Reason)
Whelped November 2005
Race Starts: 34 - 23 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds.
Owner: Seona Hood
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Group Race Wins: Group 1: Brisbane Cup. Group 2: Bendigo Cup, Warrnambol Cup, Gold Coast Cup. Group 3: Bulli Cup.
Total Career Prizemoney (at time of nomination) $386,095

Picuture - El Galo winning at Sandown Park March 19, 2009.

2009 Australian Greyhound of the Year

Cindeen Shelby

(Bombastic Shiraz x Proper Shelby)
Whelped August 2006
Race Starts (at the timeof nomination): 46 - 27 wins - 8 seconds, 2 thirds.
Owner: Ray Parkinson
Trainer: Kel Greenhough
Group Race Wins: Group 1: Paws of Thunder, Crown Classic, Top Gun. Group 2: Black Top.
Total Career Prizemoney (at the time of nomination) $383,250

Picture - Cindeen Shelby in action winning at Sandown Park.


2010 Australian Greyhound of the Year

El Grand Senor

April 2008 Black Dog Where’s Pedro- Elgrando Gold)
Race starts: 31 – 24 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third
Owner-Trainer-Breeder: Carolyn Jones (Sale, Victoria)
Winner: Group 1 Maturity Classic; Group 1 Topgun; Group 1 Melbourne Cup;
Finalist: Group 2 Ballarat Cup (3rd)
Total Career Prizemoney: $581,335. 2nd On the AGRA all time list.

Picture - El Grand Senor winning the Melbourne Cup (Pic Paul Munt)

2011 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Dyna Tron

February 2009 Red Brindle Dog Collision – Gold Rush Bale)
Race starts 2011: 46 – 25 wins, 5 seconds, 4 thirds
Owner: Brendan Wheeler (Boorowa, New South Wales)
Trainer: Andrea Dailly (Anakie, Victoria)
Winner: Group 1 Melbourne Cup; Group 1 Hobart 1000; Group 2 Geelong Cup.
Finalist: Group 1 Brisbane Cup (2nd); Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (8th) ;  Group 2 WA Derby (5th).
Total Career Prizemoney: $519,753. 5th on the AGRA all time list.

Picture- Dyna Tron winning the Melbourne Cup (Pic Paul Munt)

2012 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Miata

October 2009 Red Fawn Bitch Bombastic Shiraz – Winsome Bluebird
Race starts 2012: 26 – 22 wins, 1 second, 1 third.
Owner: Paul Stuart & Nicole Wheeler-Whye.
Trainer: Paul Stuart (Oakford, Western Australia) Winner: Group 1 Galxay; Group 1 Association Cup; Group 1 National Distance Championship; Group 1 Bold Trease;
Group 2 Zoom Top.
Finalist: Group 1 Sandown Cup (3rd); Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup (5th).
Total Career Prizemoney: $592,008.

Picture - Miata winning at Sandown.



2012-2013 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Miata

October 2009 Red Fawn Bitch Bombastic Shiraz – Winsome Bluebird
Race starts 2012-2013: 22 – 18 wins, 1 second, 2 third.
Owner: Paul Stuart & Nicole Wheeler-Whye.
Trainer: Paul Stuart (Oakford, Western Australia) Winner: Group 1 Galxay; Group 1 Bold Trease; Group 1 National Distance Championship; Group 3 Topcat Video Cup.
Finalist: Group 1 Sandown Cup (3rd); Group 1 Zoom Top Classic (3rd).
Total Career Prizemoney: $715,508.

Picture - Miata winning the Galaxy at Cannington.

 


2013-2014 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Xylia Allen

(April 2011 Black Bitch (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale)
Race starts: 2013-2014: 37 – 18 wins, 3 seconds, 8 thirds. Owner: Paul Wheeler.
Trainer: Jenny Hunt (Lara, Victoria) Winner: Group 1 National Sprint Championship; Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup.
Finalist: Group 1 Winter Cup (3rd); Group 1 Top Gun (3rd); Group 1 Brisbane Cup(4th)
Group 1 Rookie Rebel (5th); Group 2 Bob Payne (2nd); Group 2 Geelong Cup (4th)
Group 3 SA Oaks (3rd).
Total Career Prizemoney: $701,375.

Picture - Xylia Allen winning at Sandown.

 





2014-2015 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Fernando Bale

(March 2013 White & Dark Brindle Dog (Kelsos Fusileer – Chloe Bale)
Race starts: 2013-2014: 26 – 21 wins, 1 seconds, 1 thirds. Owner: Paul, Jan and Brendan Wheeler.
Trainer: Andrea Dailly (Anakie, Victoria) Winner: Group 1 National Derby; Group 1 Harrison - Dawson, Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic.
Group 1 Easter Egg, and Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial.
Total Career Prizemoney: $1,288,110.

Picture - Fernando Bale winning at Meadows.

2015-2016 Australian Greyhound Of the Year

Dyna Double One

(March 2013 Black Dog (Barcia Bale – Crystin Bale)
Race starts: 2015-2016: 30 – 18 wins, 4 seconds, 5 thirds. Owner: Brendan Wheeler.
Trainer: Andrea Dailly (Corio, Victoria) Winner: Group 1 Melbourne Cup; Group 1 Brisbane Cup, Group 1 Australian
Cup, Group 1 Rookie Rebel.

Finalist: Group 1 Maturity Classic (2nd); Group 1 Winter Cup (2nd); Group 1 Hobart 1000 (6th) Group 2 Shoot Out (3rd); Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic (3rd).

Total Career Prizemoney: $1,160,316.

Picture - Dyna Duble One winning at the Meadows.

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