Next Top Model Named AGRA Greyhound of the Month – May 2010

Next Top Model gets up to win the Sandown Cup (picture: Paul Munt)

Media Release: AGRA

AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for May 2010 is consistent Victorian stayer Next Top Model. In May the Jason Thompson trained stayer scored a very courageous win in the final of the Group 1 Sandown Cup.

Her Greyhound of the Month award is well deserved after her consistent form at the top level has seen her make no less than 11 group race finals. It was her second start in a Sandown Cup she made the 2009 final at only her ninth race start finishing unplaced behind Mantra Lad.

After an impressive heat win on May 6th when she downed Reign Over Me in 42.28, she wasn’t all that well fancied in the final starting at an $8 quote.

However, trained by leading Pearcedale mentor Jason Thompson, Next Top Model began well to lead Darren McDonald’s Reign Over Me into the home straight the first time. Reign Over Me soon switched to the rails to take the lead as the pair broke away from the chasing pack.

In an epic finish to Australia’s richest race for stayers, Next Top Model and Reign Over Me raced neck and neck down the home straight, with Next Top Model getting the dive in on the line to defeat Reign Over Me by a head.

Next Top Model is raced by John McGeary. She is a Brindle Bitch whelped July 2007 by Surf Lorian from By Request (Lindale Blue x Roshana Reason). Next Top Model has won 19 of her 42 starts and has been placed on 13 occasions; her current stake earnings stand at $206,390.

May was again a fairly quiet month for group races with only seven decided. Next Top Model beat other Group 2 winners Cosmic Chief, Nova Surf, Cindeen Shelby and Hooky Booky for the monthly award.

AGRA congratulates the owner John McGeary, trainer Jason Thompson and Next Top Model on being awarded the AGRA Greyhound of the Month for May 2010.

For further information please contact:

Neil Brown

AGRA Publicity Officer

Ph: (03) 9769 1234

Or

Brenton Scott

AGRA Executive Officer

Ph: (02) 9649 7166

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