Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SHOW RUNNER; Purchase Pays off as Exhibitionist Owner Prepares for $75,000 Final

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SHOW RUNNER; Purchase Pays off as Exhibitionist Owner Prepares for $75,000 Final

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Byline: sports journalist sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

BIG SHOW: Locally-owned greyhound Exhibitionist is out to make it six wins in a row in the $75,000 Puppy Classic at Dapto tonight. PHOTO: Carlie Bullen

Exhibitionist

Whelped: Dec 19, 2011

Trainer: Tony Brett

Owners: Darryl Chapman and Darren Scells

Sire: Superman

Dame: Naughty Nicki

Record: 10: 7-1-0

Track: 2: 2-0-0

Distance: 5: 5-0-0

AFTER 30-odd years training and judging showdogs, it makes sense Darryl Chapman's greyhound is the star of the show.

Chapman's aptly named Exhibitionist is preparing for the race of her life tonight, lining up in box two in the $75,000 Country Motor Company Puppy Classic (520m) final in Dapto.

Exhibitionist qualified fastest for the race and will likely start favourite after a thumping 14-length win in the semi-finals.

Chapman, who co-owns the dog with Darren Scells, said a lot of the credit for the dog's success belongs to Queensland trainer Tony Brett, who he rates as one of the best in the country.

But the seed of their successful partnership was planted long before Exhibitionist arrived on the scene, with the pair travelling together to show off another canine passion.

"We used travel around and train showdogs," Chapman said.

"My association with greyhounds started when I was about 16-years old. I used to walk a trainer's dog and I eventually worked my way into training.

"I had a few winners, then left and got into the showdog scene."

Chapman showed and judged dogs for 30 years, and spent that time learning about pedigrees.

He was lured back to the world of greyhounds after buying a seven-year-old bitch in Sydney and breeding a litter.

From that came "a few good dogs", two of which he sold.

"Both of them ran in the finals of the New Zealand Cup," Chapman said.

"One ended up winning $75,000 and the other won $45,000 in prize money."

The Dapto Puppy Auction is an annual greyhound event similar to horse racing's Magic Millions event on the Gold Coast.

Puppies are bought and sold by owners and breeders from across the state, with this year's average price topping $2900 for the 277 lots. …

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