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A bolt from the Blue

Thursday, 22nd December, 2011

TOP DOG: Jamie Coff with Greyhound of the Year, Keith is Blue. TOP DOG: Jamie Coff with Greyhound of the Year, Keith is Blue.

By Andrew Robertson

For a greyhound that was expected to live in the shadow of his sister, Keith is Blue has certainly been hogging the limelight.

The two-and-a-half-year-old has won Greyhound of the Year following an outstanding 2011 on the track that yielded 10 wins, two seconds and four thirds for owner-trainer, Jamie Coff.

Runner-up was Lonesome Dolly with eight wins, three seconds and two thirds.

It’s a somewhat unexpected result for Keith is Blue who won his maiden race last year in BH after Coff bought him in Mildura along with his sister.

“I bought his sister, Black is Gold, first and thought ‘it’s no good having one dog’ so I got another one,” said Coff, who decided to pick the quiet one at the back of the litter.

While Black is Gold has enjoyed some success - winning three races for Coff - it is her brother that has been the standout.

He has also proven he can mix it with more fancied interstate competition after second placings at mid-week Angle Vale and Gawler meetings.

But Coff nominates a heat win in the Country Challenge final at the Newmarket Raceway in June as probably his best race.

“If he gets to the front he’s hard to stop,” said Coff, who has been training and racing greyhounds for 12 years.

He said he was hoping to next race his charge - who carries a slight disfigurement of the right eye courtesy of a run-in with some wire as a pup - in Port Augusta next month.

Meanwhile, the Broken Hill Greyhound Club’s Trainer of the Year is Kaylene Hatzi who finished the year with 148 points ahead of Peter Slater with 132.

The Owner/Trainer of the Year was Clint Trengove with 86 points ahead of Coff on 79.

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