AS anyone in greyhound racing knows, great broodbitches are worth their weight in gold... even more in some cases.
So what does go to making a "good" broodbitch. With that in mind we looked at the top 10 broodbitches at Albion Park for 2007.
The bitches earned points last year for number of wins their progeny had at Albion Park on all three race days, Monday, Thursday and Friday, one point for one win.
This year the Brisbane Club has changed that. It will now be 10 points for a Thursday night win, six on Monday nights and four on a Friday afternoon.
So let's go through each of the 10 top broodbitches at Albion Park in 2007 and see what made them tick... and maybe find out what made them a success.
(Yo Yo's Boy-Maybe An Angel)
Probably won the award by default and under the changed format for 2008 would not have won because of the predominance of Friday Albion Park victories.
But she won and that is all that matters.
On the racetrack Maddie's Angel was a very speedy bitch, exactly what she produced at stud. She won 16 races all of them over short courses.
She was a winner at Albion Park in 23.17 over 395m, ran a smart 19.75 at Beenleigh, got to top grade at Capalaba where she won seven races and also won at Ipswich.
This is a top class damline.
Her third dam Woolley's Baby was a top grade sprinter at Olympic Park and became the dam of multiple city winner Shared Venture (by Head Honcho) a litter brother to Maybe An Angel the dam of Maddie's Angel.
Maddie's Angel was a litter brother to the top grade provincial galloper Maddie's Devil who finished third to City of Sydney in a heat of the Qld Cup at Beenleigh.
Maddie's Angel is heavily in-bred to Brother Fox and his close relation Pretty Short carrying a total of five crosses of those dogs and also carrying one of Pretty Short's litter brother Dark Pretender through her sire.
Her best offspring were the prolific 395m Albion Park winners Painted Lady and Galena Boy (by US stud dog Galena). Ironically this litter carries another cross of Pretty Short in the damline of Galena.
UP AND DOWN
(Yo Yo's Boy-Voodoo Princess)
Her overall performances were far an away the best for the year because she produced the winners of 18 races on a Monday and 18 on a Thursday night and only four on a Friday. The star gallopers Technoman, Sonic Surf and Super Hornet flew her flag as high as could be.
Up And Down was an ideal broodbitch prospect, a handy galloper on the racetrack, a multiple city winner, and with a damline among the best in the land.
Up And Down won 12 races, four of them at Albion Park with a best of 30.70. She also won at Beenleigh, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and ran a smart 20.19 for a bitch to win on the big dog's track at Capalaba.
She was a litter sister to the extra smart galloper Chief Voodoo, a Qld Cup finalist, as well as Voodoo Volts a winner at Sandown of a heat of the time-honoured Laurels.
Her own dam Voodoo Princess was a litter sister to Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup winner Amazing Dancer. This is the damline of Shining Chariot, Bowetzel, Light Of Fire etc.
Up And Down's own pedigree is a mass of in-breeding. Both sire Yo Yo's Boy and dam Voodoo Princess are heavily in-bred, Yo Yo's Boy to the litter brothers Pretty Short and Dark Pretender, Voodoo Princess to that grand broodbitch Princess Diro.
Up And Down herself then carries in-breeding to champion galloper and broodbitch great Zulu Moss.
Her great litters, to Surf Lorian and Bombastic Shiraz, carried a 3x3 in-breeding to Credibility and 3x3 to Malawi's Prince respectively.
She was a high class race bitch winning at both Sandown (30.21) and The Meadows (30.05) and making the semi-finals of the Group 1 Maturity. She was a half sister to the flying sprinter Gozo Itch.
Acacia Kingdom, dam of Sleek Model, at one time held a distance record at Lismore and she was also a Albion Park winner and stayed 710m. She was a litter sister to top grade Albion Park galloper Blazing Method who made a number of feature events when trained by Mick Zammit.
Acacia Kingdom and Blazing Method were half sister and brother to champion sprinter Roanokee the Melbourne Cup winner who would eventually prove a success at stud in Ireland after a moderate career here.
Her third dam Method produced four Group class dogs, Speedie Up, Top Method, Best Method and Silent Method.
Method's dam Main Reason was a litter sister to star sprinter Early Copy and Tidiss. This is the same damline as Top Priority.
Sleek Model's best progeny were the multiple winners Angel Flight, Gozo Tess and Gozo Smile by Bright Ebony, and Sleek And Smart by History Lesson.
The mating to Bright Ebony that produced Angel Flight etc produces in-breeding 3x4 to Shining Chariot and 4x4 to Acacia Park and brings in another cross of his half brother Brother Fox.
Sleek And Smart's pedigree carries the same double-up 3x4 to Shining Chariot among a number of other doubles.
(Droopy's Sandy-Jeanie's Jet)
Without doubt the best performed of the top 10... but only just. She won the Launceston Cup among her 28 wins, ran a Launceston track record, was third in the Paws of Thunder, second in the Shootout and ran flying times on most city tracks in the country.
She ran 29.86 around Albion Park.
Her damline is a true Queensland goldmine harking back to her third dam the great Townsville galloper and broodbitch Idol Eyes.
Jeanie's Jet, dam of Jeanie's Queen, was a multiple Albion Park winner over 600m and a sister to the former Ipswich 512m track record holder Captain's Heir. Another brother was Pacemaster who won the New Years Trophy at Wentworth Park.
Jeanie's Me Mum, second dam of Jeanie's Queen, was a litter sister to top class galloper Beagle Boy Eyes and Avenue Princess the dam of top stayer Platinum Prince and SA St Leger winner Jurassic's Image.
Jeanie's Queen carries five crosses of that famed UK broodbitch Sheila At Last (dam of Monalee Champion).
Jeanie's Queen has produced plenty of winners, none up to her own lofty heights. They include Cyclonic Lee, Juniper Lee, Lee Majors, Red Jazz, Motoring Along.
Her litters to Brett Lee and Bright Ebony produced plenty of in-breeding but most of it back on the fourth to fifth generation.
We wonder if the influence of her own sire, the Irish cast-off and stud flop Droopy's Sandy has been too much for her to become the success expected of her. There is great hope for her daughters.
Yet another jewel of broodbitches who produced class all year which was only to be expected because that is exactly what she was herself.
Roxy Reason won the then Group 3 WA Oaks but also won at Sandown and The Meadows when sent to Victoria.
This bitch carries a strong damline. Roxy Reason and her own progeny are helping to really make it great. The damline is primarily from NSW where it has produced quality gallopers for years.
Playground, dam of Roxy Reason, is also the dam of Risque Reason a Group performer.
Second dam Senojian Fox, the winner of three races at Wentworth Park herself, was the dam of top class NZ galloper Mini Tornado. She was also the dam of a number of Sydney city winners.
This is also the damline of the legendary Temlee. Roxy Reason traces directly to Venetian Babe the second dam of Temlee.
Roxy Reason will best be remembered to date as dam of Group winners Miss Hot Gossip and El Galo, but also the brilliant Beyond The Call, New Guess etc etc. This is also the damline of By Request and Lindale Guest.
Miss Hot Gossip (by Surf Lorian) is in-bred to Brother Fox and Waverly Supreme, balanced beautifully in both instances. El Galo (by Where's Pedro) has the same balances to both dogs.
(Hanson Diamond-Markaboy's Girl)
If any line of greyhound deserves the accolade "tough" it is the line from which Girl Diamond and her progeny stem. In fact, tough probably doesn't do the line enough justice. John Edwards bought National Hope, second dam of Girl Diamond, at the Ipswich Auction in 1988 at the second auction ever. She was a half sister to top class galloper Franklin Deano finalist in a number of Group races.
Edwards has never been one to patronize imports or southern sires. The home grown product will do him fine.
He put National Hope to his own Derby winner Markaboy and got Markaboy's Girl a tough and honest campaigner over 113 starts. National Hope had already produced (to Acacia Ablaze) the Group performer and multiple Albion Park winner Acacia Hall.
John wanted more toughness so he put Markaboy's Girl to Hanson Diamond who had started 98 times racing the best in the land. The result was Girl Diamond.
Girl Diamond had 151 starts and was a winner of 11 at Albion Park and many placings. She was a strong 600m and 520m bitch who also won over 510m and 630m at Ipswich and 479m at Beenleigh.
Her second litter, to Bearability, included Ellie's Diamond, Bears Diamond, Steele Diamond, Diamond Dragur, Rosie Bourke, Diamond Harry, Special Diamond and Keen Diamond.
Her Surf Lorian litter included Warped and a litter by Bitability Bale includes recent Ipswich Auction finalist Jillie Bean.
Girl Diamond's best litter, by Bearability, was heavily in-bred. Bearability had a 3x3 to Pretty Short. Hanson Diamond (sire of Girl Diamond) carried a cross of Pretty Short's sister Treb Lass.
Temlee continues to rule the world of greyhound racing in Australia 35 years after his birth. His sireline is so dominant. His immediate damline too has an impact even today.
Kissin' Bobbie stems from just that damline and she has proven its staying power today. Kissin' Bobbie was a more than useful performer on the racetrack.
In fact it was thought she was a potential Group performer when she first started racing. She would prove to be an Albion Park and Wentworth Park winner but injury stopped her reaching the heights expected of her.
Her claim to fame is that she is a half sister to world record breaker and top sire Bearability, as well as Head Direct, Honcho Bear and Foxborough. Her third dam Misty Lee Piper was a half sister to Temlee.
She was the dam of top class gallopers Rothwell and Suave Butler. Ice Fire, a sister to that pair, is granddam of Kissin' Bobbie.
Misty Lee Piper also produced top class Gabba stayer Scandalous Lee.
Kissin' Bobbie's progeny have been much sought after. She has produced such fine Albion Park winners as Locking Lips, Disco Bear, Misty Bear and the classy straight tracker Theodore. Her best progeny is Joe Menary's Tad Smarter the Albion Park greyhound of the year in 2006.
Kissin' Bobbie is by Bobniak a son of import Farloe Melody. But all her best progeny carry multiples of Temlee to link up with her own damline, as well as in-breeding to Brother Fox and Acacia Park (Tad Smarter is bred this way).
(Deep North-Ultra Queen)
A real jewel among broodbitches and an all-Queensland pedigree if ever there was one. Queen Size was one of those racetrack problems who made up for it at stud. Plagued by injury, Queen Size won four races, ran 12 placings, and retired after about 35 starts spread over 14 months on the track. She showed her ability by winning first up at Albion Park in 30.39 which was the best of the day.
While this might in itself be enough for owner Julie Edmondson to breed with her, the fact she is a litter sister to Group 1 winner Short Model and his high class brother Keen Model clinched the deal.
Queen Size's own dam Ultra Queen was also the dam of multiple Albion Park winner Chartreuse, Broadie Lad, Ima Monarchist and Ultra Awesome.
Queen Size traces directly to a bitch called Crescent Gold, a daughter of Tempix-Pancho Girl. Pancho Girl (Benny McGrath-Classy Zoom) was a litter sister to top class Wentworth Park gallopers Solitary Zoom and Geoff's Bank. Pancho Girl had been a finalist in both the Australian Cup and Sandown Laurels.
Their dam Classy Zoom was a sister to the legendary Zoom Top (Black Top-Busy Beaver).
Crescent Gold earned herself a career as a broodbitch by almost running the track record at Beenleigh in one of her wins. A Pretty Short-Crescent Gold litter included Our Gold Coin who would win the 1990 Ipswich Auction final.
Also from that litter was Eastern Rose a Wentworth Park winner.
At stud Eastern Rose would produce (to Acacia Ablaze) a dog called Pride Of Stef who would also win the Ipswich Auction final, in 1995.
Among the daughters of Crescent Gold was a Nation Parade bitch called Crescent Queen who produced Ultra Queen the dam of Queen Size.
Queen Size's own pedigree has a double-up of Magic Gull and Nation Parade. Her best offspring, Made To Size, the Albion Park 520m track record holder, is in-bred 4x4 to Worth Doing, and recent Perth Cup winner Size Can Matter has the same cross.
(Jurassic Vapour-Kay's Venture)
Kay and Mick Thrupp have nurtured this damline for the past 20 years. They raced Kay's Venture (Legendary Kid-Beaut Venture) with success but not much. They kept her to breed with because her own dam Beaut Venture had been the Lawnton Futurity winner and a multiple Gabba winner.
Kay's Venture was a litter sister to Gabba feature winner Outgun Mist.
Kay's Venture produced an outstanding litter to Jurassic Vapour of which Call Collect was the standout winning nine races over 600m and 710m at Albion Park. Also in that litter was the smart Albion Park performers Jolyon and Jurassic Tom.
Call Collect made the finals of the Albion Park Gold Cup and the Qld Futurity.
The feature of Call Collect's pedigree is the fact she is in-bred to legend Temlee and his sister Carbine Kate and all her litters to date have reinforced that with further multiple crosses of Temlee.
Her best litter, to Brett Lee which included Delicate Lee and Varoom, introduced multiple crosses of Brother Fox and Pretty Short on both sides of the pedigree. Both are closely related.
They also carry more crosses of The Smoother and Bowetzel to reinforce the in-breeding of Call Collect's best progeny.
(Come On Ranger-Quare Season)
The only outcross among the top 10 is Lady Derry a bitch imported to Australia unraced by Steve Kavanagh after he had spent a year training in Ireland.
Lady Derry is a "cream of the crop" pedigree boasting some of the greatest influences on greyhound racing seen in Ireland and England.
Her own dam Quare Season was a litter sister to champion Some Picture the winner of the English and Scottish Derbies and a finalist in the Irish Derby.
Lady Derry's own litter included the champion bitch Tamna Rose who was an Irish Derby finalist herself. Lady Derry boasts three crosses of legendary Irish broodbitch Skipping Chick 5x5x7.
Steve brought the bitch over in pup to Late Late Show and while that litter proved handy, she then had litters to Awesome Assassin, Brett Lee and Elite State that all provided top class gallopers.
Names like Majority Rules, Abbeyleix, Check Ya Pockets, Fireside Doll, Glad were all prolific winners on city tracks.
Lady Derry's sire Come On Ranger carries I'm Slippy as his damsire. This links perfectly with all the Waverly Supreme* blood in Australia because I'm Slippy's sire Laurdella Fun is a litter brother to Waverly Supreme.
The quality produced by Lady Derry were all in-bred to these litter brothers.