The Australian dog would have been 16 in 2009, a longer than usual time to wait for a first brood sire title, second only to the 17 years that the 1984 whelp
Murlens Slippy took to secure his one and only success in 2001.
None of his previous 20 open victories had garnered a purse in excess of pounds 500 for owners Lance and Pam Burford, the former of whom handles the training of the October 2004 whelp
. The son of Top Honcho-Dark Rose presented his sire with his fifth NGRC Category One success of the year, and added a second Derby title to the family fortunes, the 2006 Kent version having been won by Dark Rose's half-brother Carlin Honcho - another October whelp
The bare figures disguise performances of varying merit, but with Irish winners Like A Shot (Derby), Grayslands Pixie (Oaks), Disguised (Cox Cup) and Inkys Dote (Lifford Oaks) also figuring among Larkhill Jo's 2002 whelps
, they must have serious claims to be the best on his annual output roster.
Madam Alright's bumper litter of 13 by Kiowa Shawnee So was born in March 2003, followed six months later by a batch of 10 Honcho Classic whelps
Restricted to September 2002 whelps
or younger, the 480m event is for 18 greyhounds over 480 metres next Tuesday.
In 10th place with 29 different scorers, He Knows has the biggest percentage of older winners, nearly half being 1998 and 1999 whelps
, and although he sired nearly 40 litters in 2001, his last full year at stud, only one of his 29 winners is a 2001 whelp