Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Dog Attracts $5800; Auction Results in Higher Average Price per Pup

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Dog Attracts $5800; Auction Results in Higher Average Price per Pup

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THE aggregate was down but the average was up. That's the way to sum up last Saturday's Rosewood and District Community Bank-sponsored Magical Puppy Auction at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

A total of 69 pups were listed for sale but the actual number sold was 50. The 19 pups not sold were withdrawn for various reasons, including some not reaching their published reserve figure.

C[pounds sterling]The average of $1711 per pup was up on the past couple of years,'' Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club president Bob Essex said.

The sale grossed an amount of $85,550.

The top price was a C[pounds sterling]buy back'' of $5800 for a nine-month-old male dog by Just the Best out of Joy Esme.

Nominator Noela Haswell said while she didn't put a reserve figure on the pup, she wasn't prepared to let it go for under $7000.

The second highest price was $5750, paid by retired Ipswich businessman Len Antonio, for a nine-month-old male dog by Cosmic Rumble out of Bogie Angel. The pup was sold by breeder Les Bein.

C[pounds sterling]I picked the dog out on looks,C[yen] Antonio said. C[pounds sterling]He has a magnificent conformation.

C[pounds sterling]That's the way I pick out auction pups; look at the stock first, then consult the catalogue. Others like to read the catalogue first but that's my method.

C[pounds sterling]I've had some good success with auction pups. I picked out Don Paco (2005 $35,000 auction race winner) that way.''

Key changes

QUITE a few changes have been made to race dates at the Ipswich Showgrounds this month. Here is a list to put on your fridge door.

Today: Twilight racing from 2.57pm.

Tuesday, November 6: Night racing from 5.15pm, featuring heats of fifth grade Corporate Challenge.

Thursday, November 8: Night racing from 6.40pm, featuring heats of the City of Ipswich Gold Cup. …

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