Tadmore Buckshot Top Dog – GRNSW Country Challenge Showdown

Media Release: GRNSW

A journey encompassing more than 7,000kms around regional NSW has netted trainer Simon Ma the $10,000 bonus as overall Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge Champion.

Their experienced campaigner Tadmore Buckshot, owned by Tom Astbury, accumulated 49 points throughout the 2009-10 series, which races at 28 Non-TAB tracks statewide. Ma’s commitment to the series meant he travelled to all corners of the state from his Sydney base, winning legs at Dapto, Potts Park and Gunnedah. That last win was enough to secure the title as overall series winner and ward off the threat from John Lawson’s evergreen Future Fund.

But the prize money handout won’t end there, with the top eight pointscorers all invited to compete in the K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Showdown at Wentworth Park on Friday 9 July. The finalists for the event, bearing $20,000 in prize money, have now been confirmed.

The big beneficiary is Kim Hyde’s Wagga track record holder True Kihael, who has won a place in the lucrative race despite finishing the series in equal ninth. The retirement of Mighty Albert meant True Kihael was elevated into the race ahead of Eagleton Lad (first reserve) on a countback.

Defending K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Showdown Champion Future Fund will remarkably line up for his third consecutive Showdown appearance, while Patrick Parrelli will box two hopefuls in the form of Devine Ruler and Devine Rush.

The night is one of the highlights of the calendar for regional-based owners and trainers as the bush comes to the city. Greyhound Racing NSW has already handed out more than half a million dollars in prize money during the first three years of the Country Challenge concept and has again put back more than $170,000 into the sport in the 2009-10 series.

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K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Showdown Finalists





1 TADMORE BUCKSHOT Simon Ma (Forestville, Sydney) 49
2 FUTURE FUND John Lawson (Aberdeen, near Muswellbrook) 35
3 DEVINE RULER Patrick Parrelli (North Rothbury, near Maitland) 26
4 BELLBIRD PARK Mathew Reid (Old Bnalbo, near Casino) 26
5 AYE OH KAY Steve Board (Blayney) 25
6 PRINCE ERAGON Troy Callaghan (Stanford Merthyr, near Maitland) 18
7 DEVINE RUSH Patrick Parrelli (North Rothbury, near Maitland) 18
8 TRUE KIHAEL Kim Hyde (Lidsdale, near Lithgow) 16
9 EAGLETON LAD Ranald Dawes (Eagleton, near Raymond Terrace) 16
10 ETTALONG Vicki Prest (Young) 15

For further information please contact:
GRNSW Communications Coordinator
Adam Pengilly
Ph: (02) 8767 0517
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