I HAD to laugh with Queensland trainer Darren Titmarsh after Late Angel Lee had equalled Made To Size's long-standing Albion Park 520m track record last Thursday night.
Late Angel Lee (Late Late Show-Rocklyn's Angel) ran 29.57.
The dog was bred and is owned by the very likable Barry Hanley a now retired pub manager who never misses a race meeting.
Darren declared to Barry that Late Angel Lee would break a record. He sent Barry on a mission to find out the maiden class record at Albion Park.
Barry simply laughed at Darren's request.
While Late Angel Lee didn't threaten that maiden record, he did later grab a class record with a 29.67 at Albion Park.
And then when he lined up off the rails last Thursday night, pinged the lids and won by eight and three-quarter lengths, Barry Hanley didn't have to go looking for the track record time.
Everyone at the track was willing to tell him his dog had just equalled the track record.
To say Barry Hanley, Darren Titmarsh and their "guiding light" in all things greyhound racing , Neil Thompson, undertook a "home bred" mating to produce Late Angel Lee … well, that's an understatement.
Barry bought the sire Late Show Lee (Late Late Show-Mysterious Lee) on the advice of former Kiwi Nigel Rugg.
Nigel was rearing the pups but was planning on heading home for a training stint.
Barry was looking for a dog to syndicate among mates and regulars at the pub he was running on the northside of Brisbane.
Barry bought Late Show Lee who was trained by Neil Thompson and then his protégée Darren Titmarsh to win the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup.
He did it after having broken a hock.
He also showed courage to hold off a determined triple Group 1 winner High Earner to win a top grade sprint at Albion Park.
Yes, Late Show Lee was a pretty good dog.
Neil Thompson was given the bitch Oriental Angel (Knockabout Wok-Anniston) by Reg Kay. Neil bred a litter by Elite State of which Reg got a couple. They turned out to be Knocka Norris and Elite Oriental both track record breakers and Group 1 winners.
Neil kept most of the bitch's other pups and in 2008 did a repeat mating and got Rocklyn's Angel.
She was no Knocka Norris or Elite Oriental. But she could run.
She deserved a litter … or two.
Her first mating was to Bogie Ace (Black Enforcer-Bogie Leigh) and it produced a handy litter.
Her second was to Late Show Lee … which produced Late Angel Lee.
So what is it that has put together the pedigree of a track record equaling youngster who also shows future staying potential?
Let's look at both sire and dam first to break down their pedigrees in a bid to find the answer.
Late Show Lee is by the champion Irish galloper Late Late Show (Spiral Nikita-Ullid Citrate). He was something else on the track but a moderate sire.
But Late Show Lee is out of the Brett Lee-Superbee bitch Mysterious Lee.
This is the family of Tinahue Knock the Knockash Rover-Black Mistress bitch brought to Australia in the mid 1980s, from a coursing background, to stamp her mark on racing her.
Her granddaughter Fibba won the Australian Cup and two of her littermates were in that final.
One was Superbee (granddam of Late Show Lee).
Tinahue Knock was in-bred to the famous Irish brothers Wonder Valley and Lucky Wonder. This is the famous "Millie" family. More of that later.
The fact Late Show Lee's damsire is Brett Lee means he will have a great influence upon whatever matings the Barry Hanley-owned dog has.
You have to admit, Brett Lee is not a bad one to influence any pedigree.
So, over to Rocklyn's Angel.
The bitch could gallop and she was a multiple Albion Park winner, but hardly as we said a Knocka Norris or Elite Oriental.
The pedigree of Rocklyn's Angel shows a 2x3 cross of Spark Again and the similarly bred Goddess Of Fire.
Both are by sons of New Tears and are out of daughters of Acacia Ablaze. And they bring in the littermates Miss Lemoss and Riviera Tiger.
But Rocklyn's Angel also has three sons of New Tears in her pedigree, two are Light Of Fire the other is Dagenham.
This will need to be balanced.
Putting her to Late Show Lee brings in a DAUGHTER strain of New Tears to do this balance.
Brett Lee, as we said, is influential.
His mother Sobbing Sal is bred along identical lines to Light Of Fire … yes, the very same Light Of Fire who is found TWICE in the pedigree of Rocklyn's Angel.
Sobbing Sal's dam Wee Sal is also bred along very similar lines to Centrefire, the dam of Light Of Fire, and she is also similarly bred to Malawi's Prince.
Yes, the same Malawi's Prince who is found in the damline of Rocklyn's Angel.
But it doesn't end there.
You will remember, we mentioned earlier that imported Tinahue Knock (fourth dam of Late Show Lee, is in-bred to the brothers Lucky Wonder and Wonder Valley.
Well, Another Fool (third dam of Elite State, the sire of Rocklyn's Angel) is in-bred to Racing May.
Racing May just happens to be the third dam of both Wonder Valley and Lucky Wonder.
Tinahue Knock is also in-bred to the bitch Lovely Sister whose second dam is the famous broodbitch Shannon Side.
If we look at the pedigree of Texan Lady (dam of Velocette) she carries a cross of Fortress and Old Berry Hermes (in-bred to Shannon Side).
In the pedigree of new joint Albion Park track record holder Late Angel Lee, he has Shannon Side in his sireline and Fortress in his damline.
Me … I believe the strength of Late Angel Lee's pedigree is the link between Sobbing Sal and the double of Light Of Fire.
OVER in South Australia, Cameron Butcher and his family welcomed the victory of Sidney's Shadow (Mogambo-Alana Blues) in the SA St Leger.
Littermate Boonoona Boy finished third.
Sidney's Shadow ran scorching time and is a bitch of the highest order.
Her pedigree shows a 3x3 cross of Brett Lee and his half sister Ballintore Beauty.
But there is also a very special link in this pedigree, albeit back in the ancestry, between Bowetzel and his half sister Shining Light.
It is placed to impact and it appears it has.