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It was a dream result for many when Thirty Talks took out the first ever running of the Richmond Riches Puppy Classic race series.

 

For the Richmond Race Club, the dream was fulfilled when the $30,000 sales topper at the inaugural Richmond Riches Puppy Auction returned to the track some eighteen months later to storm to victory in the $100,000 to winner Classic after his chances appeared to be forlorn when he missed the start and struck trouble in the early stages of the race.

 

And it was a dream result for Thirty Talks’ owner, Len Antonio, not just for the fact that his pride and joy had won the race but for the fact that Antonio was even alive to be able to bask in the success.

 

In the preamble to the Classic final we wrote about how lucky Antonio had been to survive stage 4 prostate cancer, bone cancer and two heart attacks and last week his ‘luck’ continued when he was involved in a horrendous motor vehicle accident which left his car hanging precariously on the side of an overhead bridge.

 

‘Lucky Lenny’ escaped with a broken arm and severe bruising and is still recuperating in hospital but he wasn't going to miss a moment of the action and was able to listen to Thirty Talks race to victory from his hospital bed before undergoing another operation on Sunday morning.

 

The race itself was memorable for the fact that the pre-race speed map was thrown out the window when the boxes opened and the short-priced favourite had bungled the start to be a clear last.

 

As the field raced to the first turn and there was pace coming from the outside, in particular by Vidi Vici from box 8, Thirty Talks was able to gain a saloon passage through on the rails when Struggle Street shifted wide and granted the favourite his winning chance.

 

In the space of just a few strides, Thirty Talks had Vidi Vici in his sights and despite bumping with the leader on the home turn, he was too strong in the run to the winning post to defeat the fast finishing Joyanna with Vidi Vici holding on for third in front of Struggle Street.

 

“It’s just a dream result to win this race the first time it’s ever been run and that’s something that will be in the record books forever,” trainer Tony Brett said.

 

“I’d dropped my head after the boxes when he was out the back and I could see the outside dogs crashing across…no sooner had I looked up to see what the carnage was at the first turn and he’d somehow got through to second place so when you talk about being blessed or good luck, we used it all on Saturday night."

 

Since his victory in the Richmond Riches Puppy Classic, Thirty Talks has scaled the heights of success and in December 2016 claimed the G1 Brisbane Cup after also being victorious in the G3 Ipswich Cup and has now earnt more than $300,000 in priemoney.

 

Who knows, there may just be another Thirty Talks on offer at the 2017 Richmond Riches Puppy Auction to be held on Sundy, November 26

Watch Thirty Talks win the inaugural Richmond Riches Puppy Classic and claim the $100,000 winners cheque

Richmond Race Club has announced that nominations are now open for the 2017 Richmond Riches Race Series for all eligible* pups that were sold through the 2015 Puppy Auction.

 

The 535m Classic series will be held over three weeks with the eventual winner to again claim $100,000.

 

535m Classic Heats: Friday, May 12

535m Classic Semi-Finals: Friday, May 19

535m Classic Final: Friday, May 26

 

The Special Nomination Form must be completed and sent to the Richmond Race Club prior to nominations closing on Friday May 5, 2017.

 

Download the Nomination Form

 

Prizemoney Details:

2017 535M Classic Final: – Ist $100,000 - 2nd $12,000 - 3rd $ 5,000. Unplaced $500

Breeders Bonus: $500 to the breeder of each greyhound that makes the final field.

 

2017 400m Race Series: Heats June 30 - Final July 7, 2017

1st $ 7,000 - 2nd $ 1500 - 3rd $ 750 - Unplaced $250

 

2017 618m Race Series: Heats August 25 - Final September 1, 2017

1st $ 7,000 - 2nd $ 1,500 - 3rd $750 - Unplaced $250

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Trainer Tony Brett with Grant Izzard (l) and Brad Adam (r) from the Richmond Race Club

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Tony Brett and Thirty Talks en-route to the boxes for the

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*Eligible pups are those that were sold through the 2015 Richmond Riches Puppy Auction and for which all Commission and Nominations fess have been paid

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It was deja vu at Richmond tonight when Mister Twister proved too strong to take out the G3 Richmond Riches, and the $100,000 winners cheque, when he defeated Fast Times and Kong in a new race record time of 30.66.

 

Prepared by Jason Mackay, Mister Twister was the $21,000 sales topper at the 2015 Auction and just like Thirty Talks did in 2016, the top lot of the auction has claimed the race series eighteen months later.

 

Heavily backed on race day from $2.40 into a dominant $1.90 favourite at box rise, the son of Collision and Double Twist settled in second spot behind Pick It Up as they headed down the back straight with the second favourite, Fast Times, a further two lengths away.

 

On the home turn, Mister Twister forged away and established a winning break over Fast Times with Kong running on strongly to gain the minor cheque.

 

Owned by the Tiger Seven Syndicate (who also paid $15,000 for Kong at the 2015 Auction), Mister Twister will now be set for the G1 Peter Mosman Classic series.

 

"Everything was spot on for tonight," said trainer Jason Mackay after the win.

 

"His blood was right, he was feeling great, he had the inside box, and I know its easy to be wise after the race, but I was very confident heading into the race."

 

"The Richmond Club has done a sensational job with the Puppy Auction and also the race series and it is an absolute honour to win this race," said Mackay.

 

The win took Mister Twister's race record to 12 wins and 11 placings from 29 starts with his prizemoney soaring to in excess of $170,000.

 

Of the beaten division, Fast Times, prepared by Tony Brett, lost no admirers after missing the start and both he and Kong have big wins in store in the coming months.

Mister Twister utilises the inside box to perfection before roaring away to claim the 2017 Richmond Riches Puppy Classic and banks $100,000 for the Tiger Seven Syndicate

MISTER TWISTER BLOWS THEM AWAY IN 2017 RICHMOND RICHES

Trainer Jason Mackay and handler Milo Vodogaz are all smiles following the win of Mister Twister in the 2017 Richmond Riches final

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2017 RICHMOND RICHES PUPPY AUCTION

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Ladbrokes sign on as Naming Rights sponsor of the

Richmond Riches Puppy Auction and Richmond Riches Race Series

In what is yet another major boon for the NSW greyhound industry, the Richmond Race Club today announced that wagering giant Ladbrokes has agreed to a new sponsorship deal which sees them assume the naming rights to both the hugely successful Richmond Riches Puppy Auction and also the associated Richmond Riches Race series.

 

Now recognised as the leading greyhound Puppy auction in Australia, Ladbrokes Chief Operating Officer, Brad Smyth, said that his company was proud to again cement their commitment to the greyhound industry.

 

“Ladbrokes is delighted to broaden our sponsorship deal with the Richmond Race Club to now include naming rights sponsorship of the Puppy Auction and also the Race Series for three years effective from 2017,” said Mr. Smyth

 

“You only have to look at the quality of greyhound which has progressed through the two Auction’s to date to understand that not only is it a nursery for future stars of the sport but it is the perfect avenue for participants to purchase the best-bred stock available.”  

 

Graduates of the Richmond Riches Puppy Auctions include the 2016 and 2017 Richmond Riches winners, Thirty Talks and Mister Twister, who were both top lots at their respective Auctions and who have since gone on to win at the elite level by securing victory in races such as the G1 Brisbane Cup and G1 Peter Mosman Classic.

 

Richmond Race Club General Manager, Brad Adam, said his Club was ecstatic that Ladbrokes had agreed to the sponsorship deal which further cements the future of the Auction.

 

“Everyone in the industry is aware that the breeding sector took a massive hit throughout 2016 and 2017 with the failed ban by the Baird government and that numbers will be down for this year’s Auction, but figures supplied to us already indicate that breeding is on the rise again,” said Mr. Adam.

 

“The ongoing financial support that Ladbrokes provide to not only the Richmond Race Club but to so many other Race Clubs around Australia is nothing short of sensational and the future of the Auction and the Race series is now secure for at least another three years.”

 

Ladbrokes greyhound racing sponsorship now extends to venues and events such as Wentworth Park, Ladbrokes Park Lismore, Bulli, Bathurst, Gosford, Ladbrokes Gardens, Richmond, Nowra, Grafton as well as annual carnivals at Moree, Wauchope and Coonamble, and Brad Smyth said this will continue in the future.

 

“We continue to invest in the greyhound racing industry because quite simply, we believe it has a massive future not just in terms of wagering but also as a major racing industry that provides significant enjoyment to thousands of participants,” said Smyth.

 

“Our investment not only includes sponsorship of Clubs and events but also extends to securing the services of Mark Duclos who provides more than 150 Video Race Previews each week for punters through the Ladbrokes App and digital website, and I can assure you, we have some even bigger plans for the future which will be announced shortly.”

 

The 2017 Ladbrokes Richmond Riches Puppy Auction will be staged on Sunday, November 26, with the first lot set to go under the gavel at 10am and some of the stock that will be offered for sale are from the leading Sire and dam lines in Australia.

 

“We are in the process of finalising the catalogue for this years’ Auction at the moment but I can announce that it includes pups out of top class brood bitches such as; Clockwise; Ready To Riot; Clay Model; Little Charlie; Avondale Porche; Exhibitionist; and Punch One Out and we confidently predict that the Auction tradition of producing Group 1 winners will continue,” said Brad Adam.

 

All details for the 2017 Ladbrokes Richmond Riches Puppy Auction will appear on this site shortly but one thing is for certain, whichever puppy assumes the title of the ‘top lot’ at this years’ Auction will have plenty of expectations placed on its shoulders.