One of the absolute super race bitches and dams of the middle 70’s was Champion Odious. She won 1976 Aust Cup and 1975 Sandown Laurels. Dam of star track dog, General Jeff. A greyhound Hall of Fame trainer Jim Coleman said was the best he ever put a lead and collar on. Odious held the 513m flat record at Sandown in 30.34 set in August 1975 during the running of the final of the Laurels. The Coleman’s also trained the 1975 Australian Cup winner Ungwilla Lad going back to back in the great race. Ungwilla Lad a top sire in his day with his best pup General Jeff. Odious had 14 offspring 3 pups to Temlee, 7 pups to Ungwilla Lad and 4 pups to Waverley Supreme. Besides General Jeff she also produced Melodious, Regional Wave, Salisa and Silver Tail Girl. I have included a brief interview I did with the couple at their home at Tweed Heads.
The breeding background of Odious.
In-breeding to Brenda Gay, one of the greats of the breed in this country, certainly didn’t do Gail’s Beauty any harm. Allan Wheeler bred her to the heavily in-bred import Proper Streak to produce such greats as Pacermatic, the Vic Peters winner and finalist in a number of feature races throughout the country.
But Gail’s Beauty also produced a litter to Miller’s Moss and among the offspring was a bitch called Oddnik. This is her pedigree: Top Linen (out of Brenda Gay) Black Top, Classy Jane
Miller’s Moss, Magic Babe, Elsie Moss, Maggie Moss, ODDNIK
Top Linen (out of Brenda Gay), Hot Top , Von’s Joy, Gail’s Beauty, Magic Babe, Secret Beauty, Tassin (out of Brenda Gay)
This mating also brought in three crosses of Blue Linen one of the most influential broodbitches of her time who herself was in-bred three times to Milly Hawk. More about Blue Linen later. It didn’t take a genius to know that Oddnik should be mated to a sire with Proper Streak in his pedigree to recreate the mating that produced Pacermatic. Wheeler did just that when he put Oddnik to Proper Prince (a son of Proper Streak).
Among the litter was Odious who Jim and Christine Coleman took to the greatest of heights winning the Australian Cup and Laurels and setting the track record at Sandown. Odious would produce General Jeff (by Ungwilla Lad) and to a mating to Temlee a bitch called Silver Tail Girl the dam of Legendary Kid.
The Wheelers also bred Dynabolt from the same litter as Pacermatic. Allan Wheeler would put Dynabolt to the then flying machine sprinter and top sire The Smoother. This would bring in yet another cross of Brenda Gay. The result was Emiline Bale a star sprinter herself and later to produce champion Winifred Bale to a mating to Temlee (Temlee also carried a double-up of Brenda Gay in his pedigree).
The Smoother bitches to Temlee (which would at least treble Brenda Gay) was also responsible for Promises Free, Winston Lass, Kylie Bonnie Lee (granddam of Bjorn), etc.
Speaking of Ungwilla Lad, his dam Sweet Deebana was in-bred 3×4 to the famed broodbitch Flighty Moon (dam of champion Spotted Lightning), and 5×7 to Lassalla. Sweet Deebana’s own dam Dilkara Girl was in-bred 4×4 to Lady Janellen (through the litter brothers Sunview and Rookie Rebel).
Doug Scott – She was the real thing…pop
Leigh Smith– Dad and me bought back her mother from sydney for a favour for jim. I think her name was odnik. Long time ago.
Gary Smith– Champion dog trained by a Champion bloke 👏
Rod Gray – Both champions ❤️
Tiger Nelson – Jimmy Coleman good trainer an Christine lovely people
George Clegg – I raced her litter sister Odalisk with a few Uni mates. She was fastest qualifier for National Futurity and trainer had a MVA on the way to the track and she sustained a serious neck injury, unrestrained in the back of the station wagon in those days. She was beaten in a photo in Bulli Gold Cup final and broke the track record at Wauchope but never reached her potential. From memory we paid $3,000 for her from Allan Wheeler
Leigh Smith – He had champions, they used to come and trial up at pegdale, up the straight track. Cups time.
John Staines – She was a super dog trained by one of the best ever trainers a legend.
Wayne Martin – I was only young back then maybe 10 I remember asking my late father what does odious mean.
Gary Smith – What a field the 1976 Australian Cup was.