LATE in 2007, I got to know a couple of jovial guys, Steve Williams and Steve Mason.
They loved a laugh, liked a night out, and most of all were coming into greyhound racing with a passion to become successful.
They had some cash behind them, which always helps when you have plans the scale of the Velocity Lodge Syndicate.
Williams was the driving force. His mate Steve Mason would be forced to give up his share in Velocity to Lionel White a couple of years later because of business problems.
Steve Williams had bought from veteran Northern Rivers dog man Bob Thompson a bitch called Super Size (Primo Uno-Primrose Bride). Steve sent her to Tony Brett and she won a number of races at Albion Park making top grade.
Steve asked if I could have a look at a mating prospect for Super Size.
She had every credential needed to become a success. Super Size had been a finalist in the Ipswich Gold Cup and Gold Coast Cup and had proven her stamina by racing well over 600m at Albion Park.
Add to that, her own mother Primrose Bride had been a feature race winner at Wentworth Park for Bob Thompson, winning the Country Championship.
It was a damline Bob had brought on for a couple of generations. Primrose Bride was a sister to top class galloper Flying Scott.
Bob was a great guy. He and I had been mates for decades. He would often ring and discuss mating possibilities for his bitches, specially Primrose Bride. I pleaded a number of times with Bob to put Primrose Bride to Surf Lorian.
The bitch had six litters and never once did Bob contemplate sending her to Surf Lorian, the one sire I believed suited her best.
So when Steve Williams asked me back in 2007 what I would recommend Super Size be mated to, I didn't even have to look at the test matings. Surf Lorian was a natural.
Part of the deal between Steve and Bob when Velocity Lodge bought Super Size, was that they would share a litter from the bitch. Steve had to do some heavy talking to get Bob to agree to use Surf Lorian.
I never found out what the “angst” was Bob had for Surf Lorian. Bob died before this litter of pups got to the racetrack. Steve eventually sold Super Size back to the Thompson family.
So what is it that makes Velocity Regina a multiple Group winner.
This is her pedigree:
Just The Best
Dee Bee(by New Tears)
Awesome Assassin (by Light Of Fire a son of New Tears)
Highland Bride (by Toss The Teddy a son of West Cape)
There are a number of hidden features within this mating that help make it successful.
The obvious features are the duplications and sex balances of New Tears 4x5 and West Cape 3x5. It is important to sex balance duplicated ancestors and this was done nicely in this mating.
History has shown us that Surf Lorian does best when he mates bitches that do NOT carry much more Brother Fox in their pedigree, or at least have him well back in their pedigree and ideally through a daughter.
Surf Lorian also needs a reinforcement of both New Tears and Chariot Supreme. Super Size had both New Tears and Chariot Supreme in her pedigree. In fact, Super Size carried THREE crosses of Chariot Supreme, two through daughters and one through a son.
For Super Size to produce successfully, she then needed to mate a stud dog that carried a DAUGHTER of Chariot Supreme's sire Waverly Supreme*. Surf Lorian has the Waverly Supreme* bitch Supreme Memory in his immediate tail line.
All these aspects helped put together a litter that produced the multiple Group winner Velocity Regina. There are a number of the litter that have shown high class ability.
The Thompson family has since repeated the mating of Surf Lorian-Super Size.