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Late training legend's influence lives on

Monday, 11th April, 2011

TRAINING LEGEND: Broken Hill’s Doug Payne was inducted into the Australian Greyhound Racing Association Hall of Fame last week. TRAINING LEGEND: Broken Hill’s Doug Payne was inducted into the Australian Greyhound Racing Association Hall of Fame last week.

It has been almost 20 years since leading greyhound trainer and Broken Hill butcher, Doug Payne, passed away, but his influence is still being felt.

Last week Mr Payne was inducted into the Australian Greyhound Racing Association's Hall of Fame. 

He trained greyhounds in the city before moving to Adelaide in the early 1970s to establish the Meadows stable, and it was this that led to him being known to all as the "Meadows Maestro", says Australian Greyhound Racing Association's Publicity Officer Neil Brown.

Mr Payne was the leading trainer for 15 years in SA. He won nearly every feature event on the calendar including four Adelaide Cups. The SA Derby was the only race that eluded him.

He was a committee member at his home track, Strathalbyn, and the Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association.

Mr Payne was a true professional and took greyhound training and breeding to a new level in SA, Mr Brown said. 

Mr Brown told of Mr Payne's achievements at the induction held Friday, April 1.

He was born in Broken Hill in 1929 and started training greyhounds as his father had before him as a 12-year-old. 

As a butcher he owned four shops at one stage but when racing began in Adelaide in the 1970s he decided to start training professionally.

"History records how successful he was and he became one of the leading trainers, not only here in South Australia but also Australia-wide," Mr Brown said.

"In 1995 he told me his best dogs were the mighty Bristol Sue and her sister Ascapella Miss, followed by two cast offs he got from Melbourne named Red Pulse and Yodel High. 

"Doug had outstanding success with the Fullock dam line, a dog he brought from Dennis Farrell at Cessnock. Doug trained all her pups for his friend and breeder Amil Borchardt. It was a wonderful partnership which never drew a cross word. 

"Doug's favourite Adelaide Cup win, although he loved them all, was with Kuriakin in 1989."

Mr Brown said Mr Payne believed in simple feeding and plenty of free galloping to train his greyhounds.

"The best dogs he ever saw race were Temlee and the mighty Zoom Top and after his forced retirement in the 90s with a bad back he still enjoyed greyhound racing immensely until his passing in the year 2000," Mr Brown said.

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