Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Elite Series Could Yield City's Next High Earner

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Elite Series Could Yield City's Next High Earner

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TWENTY-FOUR heats of Australia's richest maiden series were run at the Ipswich Showgrounds last Saturday night.

Ten of the winners broke 31 seconds, indicating a strong bunch of performers will proceed to Wednesday night as the Highland Smash Repairs Vince Curry Memorial moves to round two.

Taking time honours was the Christine Robartson trained High Earner in 30.47s.

The son of Collision and Double Guess was the fastest heat winner of the Lismore Future Stars series in December last year. He made it to the final, but ran seventh to Christian Congo.

Robartson, of Churchable, had eight starters for seven Vince Curry heat winners, plus a second. She will have eight runners on Wednesday.

She produced the second quickest winner Next Top Model, who scored in 30.56s. The daughter of Surf Lorian and By Request is owned by Seona Hood, who races Australia's top sprinter El Galo.

Gordon Hinchsliff, of Beenleigh, produced It's a She to win in 30.65s. The daughter of Bond and Iza Tora had run third on debut in an Albion Park maiden nearly two months ago.

Collision sired six, or 25 per cent, of the heat winners. Surf Lorian wasn't far behind with five and there were four by Bond.

Eight quarter-finals will be run on Wednesday night. Then follows semi-finals on Wednesday, February 25 and the $25,000 to the winner grand final a week later.

Versatile Vince

VINCE Curry was one of Queensland's best known thoroughbred racecallers, who also excelled at commentating on a variety of sports including boxing, athletics, swimming, Test cricket, rugby league and tennis.

In 1964, he covered the Davis Cup Challenge between Australia and the US in Cleveland, Ohio. He employed a colourful commentary, calling every shot in great detail. The Americans were astounded by his brilliance. He also called the Albion Park trots from opening night in 1968 until 1972.

While he never called greyhound racing, Curry was a friend to the sport. He was of great assistance to the Ipswich club in its early years prior to greyhound racing starting at the Showgrounds in May, 1982.

Curry died in 1983. …

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