Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hannah Marree Good Bet; Bright Future Ahead for Ipswich Futurity Winner

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hannah Marree Good Bet; Bright Future Ahead for Ipswich Futurity Winner

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IPSWICH Futurity winner Hannah Marree looks to have a bright future.

The daughter of Premier Fantasy and Tayza ran 30.65s from box four last Friday.

The race record is 30.56s set by 2007 winner Xanadu's Image.

Hannah Marree is owned by Wayne Bridges and trained at Loganlea by Roan Enright. She has had eight starts for six wins.

"As a pup, she was ripped apart and we have the people at the Beenleigh Anvet Centre to thank for her being alive,'' Bridges said.

"Everyone there is a genius.''

Bridges received a service fee to Bogie King, donated by Les Bein, as well as the $5000 first prizemoney for the Futurity win.

Bridges says he recently returned to greyhound racing after a break of nearly 30 years.

He was so happy with his Futurity win that he slapped some money on the bar to shout all in attendance a drink.

Les Bein also shouted the bar.

"My dad Grayson was one of the original lure drivers in Queensland,'' Bridges said.

"He drove at Beenleigh, Lawnton, Loganholme and other venues. He taught Bevan Williamson.''

Williamson is the highly respected lure driver at Albion Park and has operated the Greenback greyhound education facility with his wife Elaine for most of their lifetime.

"I remember Grayson well and yes, he did teach me about lure driving,'' Williamson said.

"He was one of the real hard workers for those provincial clubs, putting in countless hours with people like Mavis Bellamy and Tony Gauci at Beenleigh to name just two.

"I'm pleased to see Wayne back in the sport.

"We used to call him Fred when he was a kid.''

Graded focus

THE Ipswich Derby final last Friday was won by the Shane Ellis trained Not Held.

The son of Mogambo and Velocity Cloud ran 30.40, not far outside Auriga Fox's race record of 30.30 set in 2010.

Ellis says he has no grand plans at this stage for Not Held and will concentrate on graded races for now. He backed Not Held up at the Showgrounds on Tuesday and the dog ran home an easy winner in a third and fourth grade race in 30.52.

Race record time

THE Past Members Memorial Trophy last Friday saw the Tony Brett-trained Benarkin race home strongly at the end of the 630 metres to score in a slick 37. …

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