Tiggerlong Tonk, raced by her Wagga-based breeder Michael Finn, has been named Australia's best greyhound during the month of April.
The recognition came after the son of Dyna Double One and Tiggerlong Dot, who is trained in Melbourne by Correy Grenfell, took out the group 3 Easter Gift at Sandown on April 9 in a sizzling 29.14 before winning a Free-For-All there a week later in 29.12sec.
Tiggerlong Tonk's dam Tiggerlong Dot was trained at Dapto by Margaret Keys who also prepared that greyhound's mother Tiggerlong Petal and her grand-dam Tiggerlong Olive.
Tiggerlong Dot won 20 races and reached top grade at Wentworth Park in 2016 and 2017 while Tiggerlong Petal won 10 races with Tiggerlong Olive was successful on 14 occasions.
Michael Finn breeds puppies on 25 acres at Wagga, and has been on the property for just over 20 years after previously working out of a house block in the township.
"I own a high pressure cleaning business but have been able to wind that down somewhat thanks to the success I have been enjoying with the dogs,'' Finn said.
"The dam line which produced Tiggerlong Tonk has been pretty good and 10 weeks ago his dam, Tiggerlong Dot had a litter of nine puppies to Fabregas.
"Tiggerlong Dot's sisters Tiggerlong Cruz and Tiggerlong Scar, who won 38 races between them, are also in the breeding barn.
"I have had plenty of handy greyhounds over the years but Tiggerlong Tonk is unquestionably the best because he is usually a quick beginner and has heaps of early pace.
"My father Tom trained a few dogs so as a kid I grew up helping him out with his small team so greyhound racing has always been in my blood.''
NSW breeders also had cause to celebrate Greyhound Clubs Australia's brood bitch awards for April with Ready To Riot edging out Solar Pak for the number one ranking.
Ready To Riot is owned by Sydney plumber Colin Bermingham and his wife Sandra while former Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league star Barry Ward owns Solar Pak.
Ready To Riot's progeny include Mystic Riot, Blue Sky Riot, Whiskey Riot and Fernando's Riot while Solar Pak's offspring includes Good Odds Harada, Feral Franky and Good Odds Buddy.
GOOD Odds Buddy will head to Dapto on Thursday night following his third successive Goulburn 440m win on Friday.
Good Odds Buddy scored his 17th win when he gave boom youngster Here Comes Joe a big start and a beating at Goulburn and has now had registered three wins and two seconds in five outings for new trainer Jason Magri.
"When Frank Hurst asked me to take Good Odds Buddy and Good Odds Harada, his Million Dollar Chase winner, Buddy was trialling slightly faster than his more famous brother,'' Magri.
"So I'm not surprised at how good he has been going.
"After Thursday's Dapto race there is a good event coming up at Richmond and all being well I will nominate Good Odds Buddy for that.''
MEANWHILE Good Odds Meghan, a litter sister to Good Odds Harada, Good Odds Buddy and Feral Franky, has whelped a litter of six to Australia's leading sire Fernando Bale.
Her owner Frank Hurst, recuperating after an accident, said: "They were born eight weeks ago and will probably be the next greyhounds I will train.''
Good Odds Meghan was nowhere near as quick as her famous male siblings but she did win 12 pf just 35 races and with her impeccable breeding her pups are extremely valuable.''