Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Trainer Set Sights on Championship; Felgate Hunts National Distance Title

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Trainer Set Sights on Championship; Felgate Hunts National Distance Title

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I VIVIDLY remember the night of Thursday, September 4, 2006. Paul Felgate will never forget that date either.

It was the occasion of the National Distance Championship final at Launceston.

Felgate was there as the owner/trainer of the favourite Miss Brook, representing Queensland.

I was there as a spectator, part of the Miss Brook cheer squad.

The weather was freezing cold.

Felgate had been in Launceston for a few days and was having great difficulty maintaining Miss Brook's weight.

C[pounds sterling]In trying to keep her warm she lost weight,C[yen] Felgate recalls.

C[pounds sterling]On the day of the race the weather took a nasty turn around lunchtime and it was a freezing cold afternoon.

C[pounds sterling]By mid afternoon the bitch was down nearly two kilograms and I had to feed her more than I would have liked to get her weight up. At kennel time she was down a kilogram and just scraped into the race.C[yen]

At the track that night I skated across the ice on the lawn in front of the grandstand, I risked life and limb to watch a race. Ok, there was no ice on the ground, I'm making that part up. But there should have been.

I hastily skated back to the warmth of the grandstand.

Miss Brook ran third in the National Distance final to South Australian stayer Bothing.

I know all competitors had to cope with the weather but for a Queensland trained bitch it was all a new experience.

Fast forward to last Monday night at Launceston.

I wasn't there and neither was Felgate. But the mercury was in single figures for the running of the Tasmanian finals of the National Sprint and Distance Championships

The Felgate owned Ming Dynasty won the distance final and is headed to Albion Park for the grand final on August 25.

Felgate shut his Queensland greyhound training and breeding operation in 2010, disillusioned with the decision by the new control body, Racing Queensland, not to proceed with a greyhound track at Logan on Brisbane's southside.

As a Greyhounds Queensland board member before RQ took over Felgate had worked tirelessly on preparations for Logan and believed it to be a definite C[pounds sterling]goerC[yen]. …

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