Grandstand, who has box three in heat one of the rich Ladbrokes Super Series at Dubbo tomorrow, was a gift from crack country owner-trainer Paul Braddon to Nyngan-based Brendan McHattan.

"I had been trying to buy a couple of dogs from Paul and while he would not sell them to me at the time, he presented me with Grandstand for free after the greyhound blotted his copybook by performing erratically in a race,'' McHattan said.

"I have since given Grandstand eight starts for three wins and four placings and while he has not raced or even trialled as far as the 400m of the Dubbo heats, good judges who have seen the dog assure me he will see out the journey.

"They base that on Grandstand's run home times in shorter races and there is no doubt this dog can run as he has trialled 18.20s over 318m at Dubbo, only a couple of tenths outside the record.''

McHattan has just three greyhounds in training but also has a litter of seven-month-old puppies out of his former good bitch Tina's Magic.

Tina's Magic won a dozen races between 2016 and 2018 when trained for McHatton by the late Les Whitton.


MARK Moroney took syndication to a new level when his brood bitch Tick Away Fire came in season early in 2018 and he wanted to mate her to the high priced champion stud dog Fernando Bale.

"To defray the cost of the mating I talked a couple of friends, Graham Blunt and Steve Sharp, into throwing in $1600 each towards the service fee with the promise they would each get a puppy when Tick Away Fire whelped,'' Moroney said.

"Graham's pup is Fire On Ice while Steve and his daughter Lisa's youngster turned out to be Arctic Kingdom and they entrusted them to me to train.

"Fire On Ice has won 10 races and $28,000 while Arctic Kingdom has won seven races and over $12,000 prizemoney.

"Arctic Kingdom is racing really well and will be going around again from box six in race six at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday following his 515m win there last Friday.

"Fire Legend, one of litter which I retained as owner, began his career in my kennel but is now with Jason Thompson in Melbourne.

"Fire Legend is the quickest of them all and has won 10 of just 17 starts and earned $37,000 but has been sidelined with a bruised stopper bone.

''But he is flying again and has just trialled 24.16 in a post-to-post hit-out at Sandown, time equivalent to a flying 29.20 over the 515m trip there.''


POPULAR Sydney suburban hobby trainer Denis Hogan died on Monday night, aged 77.

Hogan's son Wayne said: "Dad had pneumonia but after I finally persuaded him to go to hospital for treatment it was also found there was a blockage in his heart.''

Denis Hogan was a 'quiet achiever' in the sport over the past 20 years with dogs like Biscuit Burner, who won 14 races, Rapid Form and Real Beauty (11 wins each), Wyona (10 wins), Big Dan and Eddie Bush (9 wins apiece) and Declared Black, who won eight races.

His most recent metropolitan winner was Bobby Bant, who won twice at Wentworth Park in the spring of 2014 and retired after scoring 13 victories.

Denis Hogan is survived by wife Kay, daughter Lynette and son Wayne.