Lady trainers begin their annual celebration of their involvement in the sport with this Sunday’s heats of the Judy Hayley Memorial.
One of Australia’s more prominent trainers Angela Langton put the polish on last year’s winner of the feature, Rig Fifty Five. She says the series is a great opportunity to remember the life of someone who was so special to our industry.
“Judy was just such a wonderful person and very well known in the greyhound industry as she was very successful,” said Langton.
Judy Hayley is a Melbourne Cup winning (2001 – Classic Capri) trainer who lost her battle with cancer in 2012.
“I think when the industry loses somebody special like her, it’s great to be able to celebrate and remember her as a person. It’s really good to have a series like this every year it’s something we all look forward to.”
The Judy Hayley Memorial series is open to greyhounds who have not yet registered a city win. The final is run on Frock ‘N Roll Ladies Night – one of Sandown Park’s signature events. This year it will be supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia and Safe Steps (Family Violence Response Centre).
“It’s a great night to get together to celebrate Judy and all women involved in the greyhound industry. It’s a good excuse for all of us to get dressed up which we don’t often get a chance to do.
“Someone like Judy, you know we just don’t forget someone that was special like her, so it’s a great incentive to try to find a dog to race in the series, even if you can’t win it, it’s just nice to be part of it.”
Langton is a great supporter of the series and has been engaged in all since the first running in 2013. She plans to have a few runners head to the heats on Sunday.
“Regazzoni is racing really well at the moment over the shorter distances, I’m hoping he’ll run the ‘500’ out well. Stand Beside Me is another one, he’s been winning at the country tracks as well as Coco Spectre.”
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Judy Hayley Memorial – Conditions
– Lady Trainers only
– Greyhound must be in trainer’s name for 60 days prior to close of nominations
– No city wins (Greyhound)
– Trainer (or female handler) must handle their greyhound in heat and final
– One greyhound, per trainer, per heat
Nominations close on Wednesday at 9am