Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Catcher Honoured; Ipswich Greyhounds Name Pen after Keith Sternberg

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Top Catcher Honoured; Ipswich Greyhounds Name Pen after Keith Sternberg

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DOGWATCH

JOHN BRASCH

CATCHING greyhounds after their races is something Keith Sternberg loves doing to help trainers out at Ipswich and Albion Park.

For several years Sternberg has been keeping a yearly record of the number of greyhounds he catches,and winners and place-getters.

In 2018 Keith caught 1659 greyhounds for 362 winners, 274 seconds and 191 thirds. On a monthly basis, February saw Keith catch forty two winners ahead of March with 41 and January, 35.

In recent years 2017 was his most successful year with 431 winners from 1769 greyhounds caught. 2016 he had 393 winners, in 2015 it was 384 winners, and 2014 returned 407 winners.

The main reason why 2018 winners are a shade down from recent years is the fact that Ipswich and Albion Park are regularly now programming races over shorter distances of around 300-400m, where the person who boxes the greyhound also catches them with the catching pen area being positioned near those starts.

Another contributing factor; Sternberg is the regular catcher for the Tony Brett kennel and over the last few months Tony hasn't had as many runners as he would have in previous years. Tony has retired a few of his top-liners from the past couple of years and is getting a new batch of greyhounds ready to hit the track in the new year.

The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club committee during 2018 bestowed a great honour on Keith by naming their catching pen area 'The Keith Sternberg Catching Pen',something I'm sure Sternberg is pretty chuffed about.

Touching tribute for Capalaba trainer

LAST Sunday the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club paid tribute to late trainer Jeff Jones, with his wake being held during the race meeting. The day saw a great crowd in attendance including family and close friends, fellow trainers from over the years and many club officials.

The day was capped off for the family when Jones' daughter Selena Zammit trained the winner of Race 4 on the program with Gelantipy Gold. …

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