Presenters & Race Callers
As Cannington is closing down for an upgrade et the end of June, I remember the heroes that have graced the track, like Afro Freeway, Sandi's Me Mum, electra and the great Miata.
My Favourite memory was back in the late 1990s when a young WA dog named Reggemite won the WA Derby before going on to become a star at Cannington.
I have two memories that stand out. Firstly it was May 20, 1998 when I called Reggemite breaking the Cannington track record in a Wednesday night selection trial. Secondly, winning a 297m FTA in the last on a Wednesday with the Colin Bainbridge trainer, Tony Lopez co-owned Flying Beauty. I caught her after the race and Tony and I scooped the Trifecta pool with $10 each.
My memories of Cannington go back to when it was known as Cannington Central, and they raced on a grass track. Some mighty champs have graced the course over the years, including Mr Toewyte, Sandi's Me Mum and in more recent times Miata. I remember the commentators Stuart Lowe, Craig Evans, Richard Bell and now of course Peter O'Neill and Ryan Levitzke.
Great administrators like Trevor Smith, Ken Norquay and Dave Simonette and all of the owners and trainers over the years, too many to mention, but without you,none of this would have been possible. And finally, that beautiful buffet, great food, and the grassed viewing area chock a block with families and youngsters on a hot, balmy summer night.
Cannington, you'll be missed, but all the very best to the Industry for a happy and prosperous time at the new track.
My favourite Cannington memory goes back to 1998 when all-time great Rapid Journey came from box 6 to record a phenomenal victory in the National Sprint Championship for NSW trainer Jane Carruthers.
The home-bred chaser came from a seemingly hopeless last position early in the race before weaving his magic and running down some of the best sprinters in the land.
To this day it remains the most remarkable performance I've ever seen in a Group 1 sprint race at the circuit.
Adding some cream to the night was the popular win of Paradise Street in a Group 1 National Distance Final. Coming from box 1, Paradise Street filled the boots of the local punters who piled into the 6:4 home town favourite.
See you at Cannington on the 27 June for the Last Hurrah!
Alex Vlahos looks at some of the most memorable races at Cannington to date.
Superman – The aptly named Superman left punters aghast when he produced a stunning track record performance of 30.09 when winning his 2006 Perth Cup heat. Punters were expectant heading into the final and he didn't disappoint, leading the journey from box seven.
Dyna Nalin – On a night when he was cast in the shadow of champion kennelmate Miata, Dyna Nalin produced a stunning late burst to give trainer Paul Stuart a career night by brilliantly winning the 2013 Perth Cup. A noted come-from-behind dog, you could sense the excitement in caller Peter O'Neill's voice as Dyna Nalin positioned up third turning into the back straight.
Miata – Miata was one of the most newsworthy greyhounds ever to race in Australia and excitement was at breaking point as locals packed Cannington racecourse to see their champion go for back-to-back Galaxy's in 2013. After she jumped straight to the lead, it was simply a matter of how far.
Elektra – After Elektra was originally retired by Graeme Bate, scepticism was high when owner Philip Lenahan brought the bitch to Western Australia to be trained by Keith Harding. Elektra went on to become a cult hero in the state with her withering finishing bursts and the 2008 Galaxy would prove to be a spine tingling moment.
Chinatown Lad – Tasmanian chaser Chinatown Lad was taking the Australian staying races by storm in 2008 and despite being run down by Elektra in the Galaxy, what she did in the Swan Challenge was barely believable.
Rapid Journey – Rapid Journey was one of the greats of Australian greyhound racing and held the record for the most prize money earned by a greyhound for over a decade. Throughout his illustrious career, the dog nicknamed ‘Carl' won six group ones, including the 1998 Perth Cup.
Sand Pebbles – Sand Pebble's and Sandi's Me Mum were sisters from one the most outstanding litters in greyhound racing history. Whelped in June 1987, the litter won 196 races with Sand Pebble and particularly Sandi's Me Mum proving to be the two standouts. Sandi's Me Mum won an astonishing 62 races and is now an AGRA Hall of Fame member while many considered Sand Pebble her equal before injury curtailed her career. The two clashed in what proved to be a blowout 1990 Perth Cup.
From The Archives
|From the Archives
We found this interview with Tom Meek which Peter O'Neill conducted on Greyhound Gossip in our archives to share some good memories with you.
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