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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


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

2016 Richmond Riches Puppy Classic final

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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


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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Richmond Riches A Runaway Success

SUNDAY’S Ladbrokes-sponsored Richmond Riches Puppy Auction has been declared a runaway success with 90 lots going under the hammer at an average sale price of $5,759.


Boasting some of Australia’s best bred pups across a star-studded catalogue, total sales for the day exceeded half-a-million dollars, with the average sale price well up on the 2014 and 2015 Richmond Riches Puppy Auctions, with 2016 not staged owing to the uncertain future of the industry in NSW at the time.


“The committee was over the moon with the success of the day – it showcased our industry in a terrific light as we look forward following what’s been a difficult couple of years,” said Richmond GRC General Manager Brad Adam.


“I want to extend a big thank you to all the breeders that got behind the Auction and all that turned up and supported the day. Our volunteers and helpers did an amazing job and it was fantastic to see so much confidence amongst everyone in attendance.


“After missing last year following two very successful years our committee took a real leap of faith reinstating the Richmond Riches this year and growing on the great work previously done. I think Sunday’s positive outcome is vindication for their decision and showed how important these days


are for our industry.” On a day of spirited bidding, the sale-topper was lot 40 - knocked down for $14,000 - a red fawn son of Dyna Double One and Clockwise, dam of Group 1 winner Fast Times, runner-up to Mister Twister in this year’s Richmond Riches Puppy Classic Final.


The second highest was lot 99 at $13,000, a black and brindle son of Fernando Bale and successful brood Clay Model, the dam responsible for Canberra and Goulburn Cup winning star Champion Model.


Breeder Clay Mullens opted to buy back the five pups from the litter he had up for Auction – going for a cool $43,000 in total - attracting plenty of interest from bidders throughout the afternoon.


Knocked down for $10,000 was lot 84, another red fawn son of Dyna Double One and Clockwise, while lot 45, a son of Kinloch Brae and 2015 Listed Ultra Sense winner Flash Earner, also went for $10,000.


The 90 pups that went through Sunday’s Richmond Riches Puppy Auction are now eligible for the adjoining 2019 Race Series’, with another 22 pups also eligible, with their owners taking advantage of the new ‘Tier 1’ ticket initiative – paying up for direct acceptance. “The Club has guaranteed a total prize pool for the 2019 Series of $55,000 and we should be in a position to declare the final pool in the coming weeks,” added Adam.


“I’d also like to acknowledge the support of all our sponsors on the day, in particular Ladbrokes, who continue to support our industry in such amazing fashion.” The polished processes in place are a credit to the club. And, while there will be just one winner of the 2019 Richmond Riches Series, breeders are the real beneficiaries. The Auction provides a stress free entry level for new owners, syndicates and for longer-term participants to propagate a new pedigree.


Richmond had great backing from their sponsors but the long-term tenure is reliant upon GRNSW supporting the breeding industry to the extent that they underwrite its continuance. Sunday was invigorating and put smiles on faces. We just need to keep ‘em there!


I was fortunate enough to meet a group of 10 lads at Sunday’s Auction - seven new to greyhound ownership. They arrived with a budget of $8,000, happy to be guided by the twists and turns of the day as to whether they’d depart with one or two pups, or even go home empty handed. As it turned out they purchased two very well bred pups by days end, going slightly over budget – to the tune of $500.


10 happier people you would not find – elated with their new found purchases. Seven new owners introduced to greyhound racing – a perfect example of the great platform the Richmond Riches offers the industry.

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15th December 2017


The Richmond Race Club today announced that is would increase the prize pool of the 2019 Ladbrokes Richmond Riches Race Series, of $10,000 to $65,000.


The Richmond Race Club this year held the 2017 Ladbrokes Richmond Puppy Auction on the last Sunday in November amid uncertainty of a decreasing greyhound breeding industry. The club provided a funding model for the 2019 race series that ensured the club had limited funding exposure.


The club proudly announces today that the 2017 Ladbrokes Richmond Puppy Auction exceeded expectation and a further $10,000 will be added to the prize pool, further information on how the additional prizemoney will be distributed throughout the 2019 series will be announced in the coming months.


The 2017 Ladbrokes Richmond Puppy Auction was a vote of confidence that NSW greyhound breeders needed, with 90 greyhound pups being sold at total sales of $518,310 with an average sale of $5,759.


A reminder to all owners of greyhounds that were sold through the auction, the 2nd nomination fee of $150 to be eligible for the 2019 race series will be due by the 30th June 2018, the club will be in contact closer to that date.