Girl power at the greyhounds sets a world record

History making Grenfell trainer Lianne Cook with “Made of Magic” and her dad Max Cook with her other successful greyhound from last Saturday, “Smooth Kevin”, at their kennels in Grenfell on Thursday morning.A world first occurred at the Cowra greyhound track last Saturday when female trainers dominated with a clean sweep of all 10 races.

Historians were sent scurrying to the record books to see if this had been achieved before, but nothing of this magnitude could be recalled and was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon by a greyhound historian.

“A wide search of greyhound records confirms that women trainers winning all events on a full racing meeting has not been achieved in the past,” the source said.

“So Cowra enters the record book not only for Australia, but also probably world wide and for all times.”

President of the Cowra Greyhound Racing Club Peter McDonald said the milestone is a tremendous achievement regardless of the venue.

“Once again it reinforces the misbelief that many people hold of the greyhound being a savage dog with frail females controlling these beasts,” he said.

“Hopefully it will help our crowds grow with families attending our race meetings.”

Mr McDonald continued saying that women in greyhound racing are a major contributing factor to the sports’ success throughout NSW.

“Ladies are the backbone of many of the Country Clubs and the Cowra Club would not have survived if it had not been for the hard work of Janet Braddon, Rose Jadezak, Norma Gay, Margaret Taylor to name a few that have devoted countless hours to keep the sport alive.”

However, the record as the sole track for this accomplishment is unlikely to stay forever as it reflects the success of greyhound racing in NSW to attract women of all ages to the sport as evident in participation rate increases since its inception.

From early coursing in the nineteenth century and greyhound racing from 1927, the sport, like many, was almost exclusively a male domain.

Female involvement has steadily grown and realised a 35 per cent increase since the start of commercial greyhound boards in 1997.

Greyhound Racing NSW believes women now account for 30 per cent of trainers.

Both Pam Braddon (Cowra) and Gillian Apps (Wombat) had a great day leading in trebles, while Lianne Cook (Grenfell) led in a winning double.

The remaining two races went to Lisa Curle (Kings Plains) and Tania Cahill (Wombat).

New resident of Grenfell and former Mandurama trainer Lianne Cook picked up a consecutive winning double with Smooth Kevin and Made of Magic in race two and three on the program.

She confirmed suspicions that lady trainers dominating the whole race program with winners would be a very rare occurrence.

“I’ve seen lady trainers win half the race program, and even 3/4 of the program, but all 10 races?? Don’t think I remember seeing it happen before,” Ms Cook said.

In Ms Cook’s opinion, female trainers are usually better than their male counterparts.

“[Women] are not known as the ‘gentle sex’ for nothing,” she said.

“Dogs respond very well in a caring, loving environment and will usually put in 110 per cent effort when racing.”

* Story courtesy of Damien Johnson

– Cowra Guardian

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