If you thought the Melbourne Cup was exciting...
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...it had nothing on the '2011 'Macca Classic' 100m Dog Dash'
The dogs, the hats, the bookie, the crowds, the chocolate bets, the race and finally the winner = a fabulous afternoon at the races (it even snowed!).
2:00 pm – Parade in Market Square. Race following parade: from Comms Shack to the Fire Hut (no incentives barred from trainers).
All hounds 5-1 chocolate bar odds. Bets to Tony. 1 bet per person only.
The Form Guide
Trainer: Jack Bauer; 5 years exp. Last minute entry trainer for Macca from NZ. Roughest & youngest of all trainers. Disappointingly beardless. Hunting background. Determination to win.
GUS – Springer Spaniel; b.2007; 23 kg. Gus will be rearing at the starting gates. Should make a bold showing if he is controlled and kept under a tight rein.
RICO – Golden Lab; b. 2007; 40 kg.
Possibly bringing up the rear. Should run well if no one calls him Gay. Won’t be distracted by Katie.
Trainer: Nancye Williams; 5 years exp. Blonde bombshell from Tasmania, with a voice that sends radio transmissions into chaos. Very determined young trainer, with this cup certainly in her sights.
KATIE – a.k.a ‘Princess’ Springer Spaniel; b.2006; 18kg. Although too much of a jelly bean to be a fierce contender, being the only bitch in the race may work in Princess’ favour.
FINN – Golden Lab; b. 2008; 36 kgs. Will have blinkers on to avoid being distracted by other dogs. Long legged sprinter with good odds to win if his focus is pure. Bookie’s favourite if runs well.
Trainer: Gary Bowcock (a.k.a ‘Doggo’; 50 years exp). With more experience than all other trainers put together, including Bart Cummings, Bowcock’s animals likely to be fierce contenders. Rugged NZ Rabbiter, enjoys the limelight and known for his famous pre-race antics in the Spa with other trainers – don’t let the shorts fool you.
TAMA – Fox terrier; b. 1953; 10 kgs. Snappy, gruff and wiry, suffering from middle-aged, small man syndrome. Will need the whip to be competitive. Proven heavy track racer. In for a chance after maiming the rest of the competitors.
JOKER – Springer Spaniel; b. 2008; 21kgs. Speculation circles spout Joker’s entry only to make up the numbers. Long odds, will likely to finish at the start line, spinning on the spot. Unlikely place getter.
Trainer: Melissa Houghton (a.k.a ‘Cyclone Mel’); 2 years exp. Strapping young country girl from Tasmania, who may knock her head a lot, but still has the ability to think clearly on race day.
HAMISH – Springer Spaniel; b. 2008; 20kgs. The freshest of all the contenders, having been only lightly worked for the past 3 months. Despite best efforts and station diet. Due to veterinary advice Hamish has been scratched.
WAGS – Black Labrador; b. 2008; 31 kgs. A heavyweight contender & certainly the dark dog in the field, Wags has the ability to corkscrew bump other contenders out of the field. Unsure of his success on a straight track.
Trainer: Jane Tansell (a.k.a ‘Hurricane Jane’); 12 years experience. A strong willed woman from the NZ fjord country, Tansell puts forward her point and cuts down competition with ease. Have no doubts Jane will take no prisoners when a goal is in her sights.
COLIN – Springer Spaniel, b.2008; 23 kgs. Colin will be a strong contender if he gets a good start and can maintain his composure on track day. Should be a good sideshow battle with his brother Jack Bauer’s Gus.
FLAX – Golden Labrador; b. 2007; 33 kgs. Flax could be the quiet achiever in this race. Quiet natured but does have the ability to turn aggressive if required.
Trainer: Sandy King; 15 years exp. Steady, calm, quiet & persistence by nature, but her ability to get the best from her dogs is an attribute that is second to none. The quiet achiever is not to be underestimated. Maintains a strict Tim-Tam diet.
BONDI – Springer Spaniel; b. 2008; 26kgs. Bondi is the biggest and laid-back of the hounds. Definitely the ladies’ pick in this event & will be sure to be manicured for the occasion. Being gun-shy, not sure which way he will run when the starting gun goes off. High likelihood he will be found schmoozing on the side lines with a brush in his mouth.
ASH – Springer Spaniel; b. 2005; 23kgs. Although older than most on track, a history of rough upbringing and ghetto life with past trainers has given Ash a fighting advantage. A proven stayer he may inspire scraps with younger males. (Bookies tip - Ash knows where to find the finish line).
And the Winner was... Finn!