Cindeen Shelby Wins 2009 Victorian Greyhound of the Year

Star Victorian sprinter Cindeen Shelby was announced as the 2009 Victorian Greyhound of the Year at the prestigious GRV Industry Awards Night last Friday at Crown Palladium.

The Kelvyn Greenough-trained red fawn bitch claimed the coveted award ahead of fellow finalists El Galo and Velocette.

Whelped on August 7 2006, Cindeen Shelby is a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Proper Shelby and over the course of her impressive career has won 26 of her 46 starts.

Her 2009 season was a brilliant one to say the least, as she won four Group status races including three Group 1 events – the Group 1 Paws of Thunder, Group 1 Topgun, Group 1 Crown Classic and the Group 2 Black Top.

Guest appearances at the award night were made by Melbourne Victory soccer hero Archie Thompson, and Executive Director of the McGrath Foundation, currently running their ‘Go The Pink Dog!’ February campaign, Tracy Bevan.

Other top awards went to Graeme Bate for the Victorian Trainer of the Year; Paul Westerveld won the Ned Bryant Silver Fox and Ross Mitchell took out the Ken Carr Medal.

Inducted into the GRV’s Hall of Fame were Fred Abel (Administrator), Allan Roberts (Trainer) and Floodgate (Breeding Greyhound).

Cindeen Shelby, originally bred and raced in NSW by Deen Parkinson, began racing in Victoria at the start of last year when Kel Greenough took over her training.

She is now well placed to take out the AGRA Australian GOTY, announced on Friday March 12 at Cannington.