Vale Bogie Leigh

The late Bogie Leigh was a great race bitch, a fine brood bitch but more than anything part of the Les and Sandi Bein family.

At 10 years and seven months the family pet died last week and Bein is grateful to his bitch.

‘’We are still grieving. It’s been a huge loss,’’ Les Bein said.

‘’No human being has given us as many thrills as Bogie Leigh did.’’

‘’She raced virtually injury free for her whole career, except for ligament damage in a knee.

“And it was that part of her body where she got cancer that took her life.’’

‘’It’s not as if she suffered for a long time.

“Up until about three weeks ago, she was still spritely and running around the yards with puppies.

“But she started limping and we had it looked at and that revealed bad news.

“She couldn’t be saved.’

Bein is reluctant to single out a career highlight for Bogie Leigh.

‘’What was really special is that, in her four group one wins, she just didn’t win, she destroyed her opposition on each occasion,’’ he said.

Bogie Leigh won the 2003 Sapphire Crown at Sandown, 2003 Brisbane Cup , 2004 Australian Cup, 2004 Golden Easter Egg.

‘’The Australian Cup was a huge thrill because we were actually confident that night,” Bein said

“And the way the Melbourne people embraced her was something I will never forget.

“What is also special is that her earnings of $488,335 is still the highest figure for a bitch in this country.’’

While Bogie Leigh won the 2003 Brisbane Cup, she was out to become the highest earner in Australian greyhounds history back in the same race in 2004.

Trained by Tony Brett she was out to break   Rapid Journey’s $530,995.

Bogie Leigh’s was $52,000 short and the Cup first prize was $55,000.

Bogie Leigh was the favourite but Malfoy proved too good.

Malfoy, spoilt the night of Queenslanders that night, but made up for some joy when producing Dashing Corsair, its great sprinter/stayer National champion.

Malfoy was trained by Christine Oldfield in NSW who is out to win the Cup again in 2011 with Vic Peters winner Spring Gun.

Brett has Iso Octane and Glen Gallon, the Bein’s have Bogie King and Bogie Beltah.

Yes life goes on but it won’t be the same without Bogie Leigh.