El Grand Senor is honoured AGRA’s Australian Greyhound of The Year Award for 2010

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El Grand Senor is honoured AGRA’s Australian Greyhound of The Year Award for 2010

The sensational Victorian sprinter, El Grand Senor awarded AGRA’s (Australian Greyhound Racing Association) Greyhound of the year award for 2010. The sprinter defeated his fellow sprinter Dyna Lachlan also from Victoria and the stayer Blue Lorian from New South Wales.

The AGRA announced the award at a gala function which was held at the 15th floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Adelaide South Australia. The delegates and the club members came together from all over Australia to rejoice the AGRA award night. It was hosted by Greyhounds South Australia and the company team was led by Matt Corby, the CEO and Chairman Roseanne Healy.

The winner of the award was decided by a judges’ panel consisting of administrators and media representatives from each state and a group of National media representatives which belongs to Print, Radio and Television. The panel was solicited to allocate their vote secretly to the three finalist greyhounds. The votes were allocated in an order of 3, 2 and 1 as the preference of each judge for the contender greyhounds.

Carolyn Jones, the owner and the trainer of the sprinter was not present in the function. The award is accepted by Eddie Caruana, the Chairman of Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association MGRA, from Sky Racing’s Hilton Donaldson. In the party Eddie shocked everyone when he declared the sprinter’s retirement.

He stated that Carolyn told him telephonically that she was not very pleased with sprinter’s improvement from the injury. And as a fact she thinks that he will not be ready to sprint in the forth coming Group 1 Golden Easter Egg which is going to be conducted in Sydney this month. Therefore, due to this reason she made the heartbreaking decision to retire the champ dog to a stud career at a rational stud price of $2000 although he is just three year old.

El Grand Senor, the son of Where’s Pedro and Elgrando Gold is a black greyhound which was whelped in April 2008. The black sprinter is bred, owned and trained by Victorian trainer Carolyn Jones.

In 2010 El Grand Senor has won 24 out of his 31 all race starts and has been placed on four occasions with three second positions and one third. It means out of his 31 total starts the sprinter has remained in top three for 28 times and just three misses which seemed to be a great achievement. His victories include Group 1 Maturity Classic, Group 1 Topgun and Group 1 Melbourne Cup and in the Group 2 Ballarat he secured third place. He is also at the 5th place on the AGRA’s list of all time career prize money holders with total stake earnings of $469,450.

Eddie Caruana further stated that Carolyn is much delighted at the victory of El Grand Senor against such terrific and awesome opposition.

“He had a fantastic year winning three Group ones and was clearly the star performer of 2010,” the owner-trainer admitted.

She also accredited the successes of Dyna Lachlan and Blue Lorian.

 

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