Gaiters scoop race awards
Tuesday, 23rd December, 2008
Local Donna Gaiter headed the individual awards at the Greyhound Racing Club presentation night on Saturday, taking out Trainer of the Year with a score of 279 points.
Ms Gaiter had winners at most meetings throughout the year, with her dogs Smuggles, Golovin, Spice Puzzle and Gabby Roxon all figuring in Greyhound of the Year points.
Fred Sweet was runner-up, despite having fewer dogs in the competition, and enjoyed a good strike rate with Scratchie Ariek, Bernmar Edith and a few others.
The night capped off a successful season for the club that saw many visitors travel to the city to race their dogs.
Trainers such as Rodney Millington, Kerry Prowse, Norma Millington and Clarry Parfrey have all been regular attendees at local meetings, with many of them enjoying wins throughout the season.
The Robertson kennel too had a lot of winners with Lorraine and Ray, along with their daughter Kaylene and her husband Peter.
Leading Trainer scores: Donna Gaiter 279 points; Fred Sweet 131; Rodney Millington 125; Kerry Prowse 113 and Amanda Gaiter on 101.
Greyhound of the Year went to Flashy Joe, who is owned and trained by Donna's daughter Amanda.
Flashy Joe polled 85 points to finish 33 points clear of the nearest challenger.
He finished the season on a winning note, scoring in the FFA Sprint at the last meeting on Thursday night, and had many wins throught the year.
Runner-up was Fred Sweet's Bernmar Edith, which is owned by a syndicate of mine workers.
The syndicate members were trackside almost every time she went around and they were rewarded with five wins and a number of placings.
Greyhound of the Year Scores: Flashy Joe 85 points, Bernmar Edith 52, Smuggles 40, Golovin 35, Cape Lee 35, Spice Puzzle 33, Gabby Roxon 26.
The Gaiter family continued their dominance when Amanda also scooped the Owner of the Year award with 132 points.
Her main runners were Flashy Joe and Low Han, which had four starts starts on the local track for two wins and a second, and could score more wins next season.
Both Amanda and Donna said they were happy with their season and hoped for more good results in 2009.
"It's been a pretty good year, it's better than what we've been doing," said Donna.
"Next year should be even better, we'll be getting a few new dogs. We've got some good contacts in Melbourne."
Congratulations were also extended to Clint Trengove who had two runners at Gawler on Sunday for a pair of wins.
Tashy Boy and C'Mon Bella both saluted in fine style and more wins could be in order for the future.