Brad Northfield with Bralyn Maisie.
Brad Northfield with Bralyn Maisie.

Maisie is all class

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au AS with all classy girls, for Bralyn Maisie it was not how much she weighed but how she carried it.

The large North Casino- bred greyhound’s effort of 24 race wins and $150,000 prizemoney in 2007 has seen her shortlisted for the NSW Greyhound of the Year award.

Her breeder, trainer and owner Brad Northfield said for her to be named among the best three dogs in the State was a huge honour.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime to get a dog to that standard.

“To breed them and race them and get to a short list of three is certainly terrific.

“She has all the attributes. She’s big for a bitch (31kg) and she’s got plenty of heart. She is such a good beginner, fast out of the box and a front running sprinter but she’s also a tenacious chaser.”

A quality she showed when she came from behind to win the $50,000 group 1 Futurity (520m) at Wentworth Park.

“She got checked at the first turn and fell back to race mid-field and had to show all her strength to win that race.”

The three-year-old also won the prestigious Group 2 Ladies Bracelet (520m) at Wentworth Park before suffering a shoulder injury mid-way through the year.

“Most of her wins came at the start of the year before she did a pin muscle in her shoulder,” Northfield said.

The injury effectively ended Bralyn’s racing career and Sunday’s announcement of the NSW Greyhound of the Year will be her last time in the spotlight as a racing dog.

“The award has no financial value. It is just the prestige, and might make her pups worth a bit more,” he said.

“I’m just stoked she made it to the final three.”

The name Bralyn comes from a cross of the names of Brad and wife Lyn, while Maisie is the name of a girl who played with her as a pup.

Regardless of the award on Sunday, Northfield said the dog was the second best he’d had in 20 years of training.

“The best was Major Fox,” he said. “He was faster but broke down.

“He broke two track records at Lismore as a pup and went to Wentworth Park and tragically broke his hock.

“He had won 10 from 12 starts when he broke down.” But Major Fox’s story had a happy ending.

“I put him to stud and he did his job, served some bitches and produced some nice pups along the way.”



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