BY Paul Dolan
You hear of star racehorses like Winx and Black Caviar winning many millions of dollars in prizemoney.
Can a greyhound also earn mega bucks? The answer is - yes.
In Australia two greyhounds have earned over a million dollars. They are Fernando Bale and Dyna Double One, both now retired from racing and earning more dollars for their owners with stud fees.
Also closing in on the magical million-dollar figure is Ando’s Mac who races in this Thursday night’s Winter Carnival Cup at Brisbane’s Albion Park raceway. The dog has won $630,576 and first prizemoney for the Winter Cup is $75,250.
Ando’s Mac has drawn box eight and his trainer Anthony Azzopardi is happy with that draw.
“Some of his best wins have been when drawn wide. The dog has won the Vic Peters Classic, Melbourne Cup and Warragul Cup and he is always very competitive at the top level,” Azzopardi said.
The trainer also has fastest heat winner Nangar Rock drawn box five in the Winter Cup.
“If he begins as fast as he did last week he will be hard to beat, even though this is obviously a much harder race,” Azzopardi added.
Azzopardi has stayed near the Gold Coast since the wins of his dogs last week, rather than return home to Victoria then come back to Brisbane for the Cup final.
“We live near Ballarat and it’s been freezing cold back home. This has been a great opportunity for me and the dogs to defrost. You can’t beat the Queensland weather at this time of the year.”
The Winter Cup comprises two runners from Victoria, two from New South Wales and four from Queensland.
The highest ranked Queenslander is the appropriately named Fast Times, trained by Tony Brett who has won this race four times previously.
“Fast Times is an exciting young dog and I love the way he does his business,” Brett said.
“He is owned by former rugby league Australian test player Terry Hill. Terry is really excited to be in this big race and is coming up from Sydney to be at Albion Park on Thursday.”