Lee's smart move with Intelligence
CONDONG greyhound trainer Lee Wylie must have earned plenty of brownie points when he named one of his leading dogs Intelligence in honour of his wife.
It was a smart move by Wylie, who hopes his 23-month-old runner will take out the $30,000 winner's prize in tonight's Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup (520m) at the Lismore Greyhound track.
“It would be a nice Christmas present wouldn't it?” Wylie said.
“I've been training for about 10 years and I've had one runner in the cup before but I've never won it.”
Wylie fine-tuned Intelligence's preparation for tonight's cup with a run in the Group 1 Vic Peters race at Sydney's Wentworth Park last weekend.
Although Intelligence faded out to finish next to last he was leading at the final turn and Wylie believes he has a bright future ahead of him.
“He's a good young dog and he will be the baby of the field at 23 months,” he said.
“He's got a hell of a future and we've got him ready for the cup and then after that we'll give him a spell.”
Racegoers tonight will be the first to utilise the club's $750,000 refurbished facilities including a lounge overlooking the track, a fully commercial kitchen, an area for corporate functions, offices and restrooms.
Lismore Greyhound Club Secretary John Scholten said workmen had been racing the clock to get the new facilities ready for tonight's cup meeting.
“We will be opening the new building for the first time,” Scholten said.
“We wished we'd had a practice run, but we will get by.
“It's a beautiful room and will allow us to attract people who wouldn't ordinarily think of coming to the greyhounds.”
Scholten said the $30,000 first prize money on offer for tonight's cup made it the biggest provincial greyhound race in NSW.
“One of the interesting things about this year is that normally the race is dominated by entries from Queensland, but this year there's only one,” he said.
“I think that's because the standard of racing has improved so much on the Northern Rivers.”