Come On George joined the ranks of successful giveaways when he notched his 32nd win from 63 races in taking out Saturday's Tamworth Cup final.

Owned and trained by Jamie Bush, an underground coal miner, Come On George rocketed over the 457m in 25.71.

Come On George (pictured) turns five in October but Bush said: "The big fella is going as well as ever.

"He won at his first start for his former owner but after he got beaten several times he was given to me when he was three years old.

"Come On George did no good at his first few races after I got him but suddenly everything clicked and he started winning.

"Because I work full-time I only have four greyhounds in my kennels, so my dad Kim helps me with the training tasks.''


SYDNEY trainer Charlie Gatt made a rare but successful trek to Tamworth last Saturday, landing the $4,000 to the winner Peel Valley Traffic Control Maiden Final with My Buddy, another greyhound which was virtually a gift.

My Buddy had finished second in his heat of the 402m event but displayed the benefit of that experience to run away with the final, covering the 402m in a slick 23.15sec.

"Tamworth is a grass surface course that is heavily banked so most greyhounds need to have a run on the track in order to produce their best,'' Gatt said.

"My Buddy was given to me as a thank you from his breeders who were his previous owners.

"They come from Mauritius and when they were returning there for a holiday they asked me to look after a litter of pups they owned.

"Instead of taking payment in cash I suggested they give me one of the pups and they selected My Buddy for me.''

My Buddy's win hopefully ends a heart-breaking run of bad luck for Gatt, who was kennel foreman for trainer Paul Cauchi when their greyhound Clover Duke won the 1976 National Sprint Championship.

Saint Gallon, the best dog currently in Gatt's kennels, has endured an endless succession of serious injuries yet has managed to win 14 races.

He has not been able to get to the races this year but has been unlucky in several Wentworth Park races and has chalked up a win and 10 placings from 13 starts at headquarters.


ASTON Poker, an unraced juvenile trained in Queensland by Tony Brett, starred at Monday night's Grafton meeting, winning a 407m performance trial in 23.21sec, fastest time of the meeting.

Aston Poker disputed the early lead but quickly gained control and raced away to win by seven lengths, an impressive effort on the eve of Monday night's heats of the Taylor Family Maiden Classic at the Northern Rivers circuit.

Whelped in November, 2017, Aston Poker is raced by Ray Borda, who won seven races with the youngster's dam Aston Gisle and rung up a dozen wins with that greyhound's mother, Aston Elle.