Cindeen Shelby wins the AGRA 2009 Australian Greyhound of the Year Award

Media Release: AGRA

At a gala AGRA Awards night held on the infield of the Cannington race Complex in West Australia the Australian Greyhound Racing Association last Friday night announced Cindeen Shelby the winner of the 2009 AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year.

It was a night of nights on the National scene with Delegates and club members coming together from all over Australia to celebrate the AGRA Awards night with all the stars under stars.

Hosted by Greyhounds WA the association’s team is led by CEO David Simonette and Chairman Pat Tassell. They staged a unique and glittering affair out in the open and have certainly set the bench mark for other states to follow in the years to come.

Victorian trained and New South Wales owned sprint dynamo Cindeen Shelby won the Greyhound of the Year from fellow Victorian sprinter El Galo and stayer Amity Bale.

The winner was selected b a panel of judges consisting of administrators and media representatives from each state and a group of national media representatives from print, radio and television. The panel was asked to allocate votes 3, 2 and 1 to the three finalists in order of each judge’s preference in a secret vote.

Accepting the award from Sky Channel’s Peter Davis, owner Michelle Parkinson and trainer Jackie Greenough expressed what a thrill it was to be judged the winner against such outstanding competition and acknowledged the achievements of El Galo and Amity Bale.

“It has been such a fantastic year, to race Cindeen Shelby was brilliant for us. I think she deserved to win, she is a great little chaser who always gives her all. I’d like to congratulate both Kelvyn and Jackie Greenough for the wonderful job they have done with ‘Shelby’ all year.”

Jackie Greenough also expressed what a pleasure it was to look after a bitch as talented as Cindeen Shelby, who she described as the “perfect” greyhound in every way possible, “Hard chasing, placid and a fantastic kennel dog.”

Listed below are Cindeen Shelby’s achievements during 2009

Cindeen Shelby

Whelped: August 2006

Colour: Fawn

Sex: Bitch

Sire: Bombastic Shiraz

Dam: Proper Shelby

Race Starts: 22

Wins: 13

Seconds: 5

Thirds: 1

Owner: Raymond Parkinson (Salt Ash, NSW)

Trainer: Kelvyn Greenough (Pearcedale)

Winner: Group 1 Paws of Thunder; Group 1 Topgun; Group 1 Crown Classic; Group 2 Black Top

Finalists: Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup (4th); Group 1 Brisbane Cup (8th)

Total Career Prizemoney: $383, 700.

Previous winners of the AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year include Boomeroo (2002), Bombastic Shiraz (2003), Whisky Assassin (2004), Pure Octane (2005), Betty’s Angel (2006), Flashing Floods (2007) and El Galo (2008).

Earlier in the night under the guidance of local M.C. Tim Gossage, AGRA announced the other award winners in the following categories.

2009 Brood Bitch of the Year – Thai Again

Peter Davis accepted the award on behalf of New South Wales breeder Julie Fletcher.

Thai Again with 41 points won from Al Fresco 38 and Texan Lady 36.

2009 Sire of the Year – Bombastic Shiraz

Owner David Cairns accepted the award from Sandown Chairman Geoff Dawson.

Bombastic Shiraz won with 1432 points from Collision 965 and Big Daddy Cool 832.

2009 Run of the Year – Turanza Bale

Turanza Bale won for his outstanding performance breaking The Meadows’ record in the Group 3 Silver Bullet.

Trainer Graeme Bate accepted the award from AGRA Publicity Officer Neil Brown.

The Run of the Year was determined from the 12 runs of the month, then by a panel consisting of John Brasch (QLD), Peter O’Neil (WA), Peter Smith (SA), Peter Hayes (TAS), Michael Radley (NSW) and Neil Brown in Victoria. They were encouraged to enlist whoever they saw fit to offer an opinion, then cast their state’s nomination.

2009 Trainer of the Year – Graeme Bate

On hand to accept the award from AGRA President Pat Tassell a delighted Graeme Bate acknowledged what a wonderful year he had and thanked his staff, stating the award was one of the highlights of his 40 plus years as a trainer.

The Victorian mentor had a fantastic year all around Australia winning group races and enjoyed tremendous success with his top line kennel stars Velocette, Amity Bale and Jarvis Bale to name but a few.

The trainer of the year is determined after nominations are put forward to the AGRA CEO’s who cast votes at a meeting held in January.

The panel take into account a number of different aspects including Group wins, Group finalists, state and city wins, number of runners, dogs in work, percentage per runners and more.

The final awards of the evening were the induction of members into the AGRA Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame inductees were as follows:

Female Greyhound Based on Breeding Performance – Wee Sal (VIC)

Male Greyhound Based on Breeding Performance – Black Top (NSW)

Trainers – Ned Bryant (VIC) and Stan Cleverly (VIC & NSW)

Administrators – Jack Nelson (TAS), Henry Harrison (VIC) and Vic Peters (NSW).

Associates – Frank Kennedy (NSW) for Services to Media, Jim Gannon (VIC) for Services to the Greyhound Veterinarian Industry.

The presentation to the inductees and their acceptors was as always an emotional one with many family members and friends flying thousands of kilometres to honour the very worthy new members of the AGRA Hall of Fame.

It concluded a fantastic night that is sure to be repeated next year. The awards night rotates from state to state and takes place in March each year coinciding with AGRA’s Bi-Annual Meeting and Conference.

For more information please contact:

AGRA Publicity Officer

Neil Brown

Tel: (03) 9769 1234

Mob: 0423 129 950

Or

AGRA Executive Officer

Brenton Scott

Tel: (02) 9649 7166

Mob: 0438 402 198