The dedicated work of a small group of volunteers continues to play a major role in the success of Maitland Greyhound Club.
Margaret Enright, Denise Hill, Margaret Bright and Barbara Rees make up the Maitland Supporters Club and turn up each Thursday to raise money that goes back into the sport they love.
Every dollar these women raise at the track is pumped back into prizemoney for a series of races throughout the year.
The next big project on their calendar is the running of the heats of the prestigious Gold Collar when racings resumes on Thursday, March 23 after the Maitland Show break.
From their mighty effort of selling lucky numbers, the lucky dog draw and tea, coffee and biscuits for a gold coin donation these four women have ensured the winner of the 400 metre sprint on March 2 takes home $5000.
Third time lucky
It was third time lucky for trainer Cheryl Betts when Tiny Terror led throughout to win the Cants Building and Construction Showtime Cup final at Maitland.
This was Tiny Terror’s third finals appearance at Maitland since finishing third in the prestigious Future Stars Maiden Final in October and the diminutive daughter of Spring Gun and Pretzel ran her bigger rivals off their paws.
The $2.60 favourite rounded the home corner a clear leader and held off a late challenge from Terry Priest’s Wild Walter to win by a length in 22.23s with Christine Proctor’s Sound Advice third.
Tiny Terror has had all of her nine race starts at Maitland for four wins, two seconds and a third for $7090 prizemoney.
Butterwick trainer Michael Manuel must be excited by the promising talent of Swift Rain.
The son of Lochinvar Marlow and Ticket To Mars clocked a sensational 24.95s from box seven to beat two other up-and-comers in Riley Tokaam and Zipping Inglis.
It franked his 29.78s maiden win over 515m at Gosford and makes him one for punters to watch in coming weeks.