Jack McKenna

Thursday night saw the running of the McKenna Memorial. The time-honoured event marks the memory of the doyen of Greyhound Racing administrator’s Jack McKenna. First runs as a distance race until changing to the middle distance of 595 in 2010. The race been won by some outstanding stayers and middle-distance performers over the years. First run in 1971 the race was won by Saki Dasher trained by VFL Superstar Bob Pratt other prominent winners over the years followed with the likes of Lizrene, Bolta’s Gift, Irish Temptress (the dam of Bold Trease) Leaders Jester, Supplier, Quick Pulse, Sheila’s Teresa, High Intensity, Pearl Larricki, Place Galore, Totally Ablaze, Osti’s Joker, Boomeroo, Arvo’s Junior, Malfoy, Flash Of Light, Irma Bale, Xylia Allen, Lady Toy, Out Of Range and Christo Bale in consecutive years 2020 and 2021. Nine of the mentioned winners were Victorian Greyhound of the Year. Stout Monelli joins the honour roll leading all the way in an impressive performance last Thursday night.