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Tony Brett's memorable Anniversary Trophy triumph

3 June 2022

By Jordan Gerrans

Premier Queensland trainer Tony Brett would not quite call himself a “history buff” but there is no doubt he respects and will often look back on those that came before in him in the greyhound code.

And, while, the respected conditioner has won bigger races earlier in his career for larger prize money with higher Group status – his B.G.R.C. 50th Anniversary Trophy Final triumph on Thursday night was a special one for the trainer.

To celebrate 50 years of greyhound racing, the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club hosted a showcase anniversary event on Thursday evening.

The gala night celebrated the legacy of greyhound racing in Queensland, which commenced at The Gabba Greyhound Racing Club in 1972 to 1993, before crossing to the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club from 1993 until today.

Brett remembers his late father Dave travelling down from Mackay – where he was president of the local club - all those years ago to race his team at the Gabba, before making the long drive back the next morning.

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Dave did that for a few years – driving down sometimes every week or at least every fortnight – before eventually relocating to South East Queensland to throw his hat in the ring against the leading trainers of the time.

So, for Brett to claim the Group 3 Anniversary Trophy Final on Thursday night with Just A Sort, he was a proud man.

‘The heritage and history goes back a long way and I still have race books from the time my dad won the Cup in Mackay and things from the Gabba and old race books and magazines – like we have the Chase magazine these days,” Brett said.

“Every now and again you pull them out as they are so interesting to read, just the history and the different dogs.

“I was looking at old photos from the Gabba on Thursday night at the track when people were leaning over the fence to watch the races in those days.

“To be part of folklore now with an anniversary race is special.

“Mackay, Albion Park and Gabba – they are places that have been great to our family.”

Brett thinks the atmosphere on Thursday night was a little like the old famous Gabba days, with a big and loud crowd in attendance to celebrate the historic milestone.

From the seven alley, Brett’s Just A Sort shot himself out of the boxes and led from start to finish in a strong performance in a 29.93 seconds.

Raced by the Chupa's Racing Syndicate, the ownership group of the dog were pleased to see him back to his best after a lean run since the start of the year.

“To win such an important race on the club’s calendar with all the history, it was great,” Steve Beck, who manages the syndicate, said.

“It is good to see him back to form, it is very pleasing.”

Just A Sort delivered Brett a fourth Queensland Derby late last year but since that blistering performance at Group 2 level, the kennel have not seen the best of their gun chaser.

Races

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 9:12 PM

B.G.R.C. 50th Anniversary Trophy (G3) F

Around the time when he won the Derby, the black dog won six of his seven starts and was absolutely flying.

After winning the Derby, he did not add to his victory tally in his next seven starts, which Brett puts down to the moments when the lids fly up.

As he did on Thursday night, Brett says that if Just A Sort does not fly out of the boxes then he is unlikely to figure in the finish.

“When I brought him back in, he went back to his old habits and he was not timing the starts and then he was finding trouble,” Brett said.

“His races are run and won in that first 50 metres, he has to be on the bunny, he is not the type of dog that can weave his way from third or fourth.

“He has to be on the bunny and he can carve out a bit of time when he does.

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“Getting beaten a nose last week in the heat, I was probably the happiest bloke walking off the track as I saw him get out and go.”

The Chupa's Racing Syndicate raced Just A Sort’s mother - She's A Sort – and now have Brisbane Cup ambitions with their fast beginner.

The Group 1 Brisbane Cup will be run for a record $525,000 later in the 2022 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival.

“We are hopeful he is back to getting away quick and being on the bunny, as that is when he is very hard to beat,” Beck said.

“Some of his race wins have been really tough when he has been bumped a few times and kept going strong.”

Also at Albion Park on Thursday night, the Cynthia Elson kennel had a night out, winning four of the ten races on offer.

 Click here to read more about the 2022 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival.

Races

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 6:22 PM

BORGBET TIPPING SERVICE

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 6:39 PM

TAB - LONG MAY WE PLAY

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 7:04 PM

SKY RACING

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 7:25 PM

ORSON ALLEN @ METICULOUS LODGE

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 7:46 PM

SENNACHIE @ STUD - STEVE WHITE

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:10 PM

BOX 1 PHOTOGRAPHY

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:34 PM

GARRARD'S HORSE AND HOUND

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 9:12 PM

B.G.R.C. 50th Anniversary Trophy (G3) F

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 9:35 PM

TIGGERLONG TONK @ STUD

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 9:58 PM

BORGBET TIPPING SERVICE