Very few greyhound enthusiasts would forget the deeds of Queensland champion Glen Gallon. The big red-brindle chaser trained by Tony Brett and owned by Steve Williams of Velocity Lodge racked up an incredible 37 wins in a 71 start career. 13 of those starts were in Group 1 finals, of which he won three and was placed in a further five, an effort which leaves him still, well after retirement as the eighth highest stake earner on the AGRA all-time list.
He was the dog of a lifetime according to his trainer,
“He’s the type of dog that you were looking for with your pups. It didn’t matter whether he was second last in to the first turn or second, you knew that coming to the finish line you were going to be in the finish. He’s as close to the perfect dog as I’ve had.” Brett said.
“I’ve had champions, and he’s up there at the top of them. He was that good of a dog, his temperament is probably the best out of all the champion dogs I’ve had.”
Since retiring in late 2013, Glen Gallon has lived with Tony Brett and his family on their Grandchester property. Originally the plan was for Brett to keep the dog as a pet, but owner Steve Williams suggested that his trainer stand him at stud.
“I jumped at the chance for that. He’s special to us.”
Glen Gallon’s interesting pedigree, being by American sire Flying Stanley, should be of interest to prospective breeders.
“He’s from an American sire, and he’s got Bombastic Shiraz on the dam line. It ticks a lot of boxes in the fact that he can go to just about any bitch because of the sire line.”
“It’s what people are looking for, to get that outcross once, if not twice, and then come back in and use that Australian line.”
“He’s served about eighty-eight bitches all up.”
His progeny have already started to hit the racetrack, with consistent performers like Macnivek, a Group 3 Ipswich Cup placegetter, winner of 10 races and over 60,000 in prizemoney. Nathali Dedee, a finalist in the 2016 Group 1 National Futurity at Wentworth Park and a winner of 8 of her 18 race starts. Fabstar, also a winner of 8 from 18 in Victoria, and By The Gallon, a promising stayer who has won up to 715m.
Brett says the reports from local breeders have been promising,
“The people who have used him up here (in Queensland) have been really happy with them.”
“The ones I’ve had in my kennel are keen, which is good. That’s what you’re looking for, that chase in them.”
The leading trainer has even put one of his former star race bitches, Jetta’s Girl (by Surf Lorian) to Glen Gallon and the pups are due to be broken in shortly.
“I was always keen to put her to him, and then I got on to (breeding expert) David Brasch and he said it’s nearly a perfect mating.”
“Hopefully there’s something special amongst them.”
In April, Glen Gallon @ Stud will again sponsor the Group 2 Queensland Derby and Brett believes it is important to give back to the industry by promoting breeding.
“The most feedback we get is from race-track sponsorships, signs and race names. We’re always happy to give a service whenever it’s needed.”
“He owes us nothing. It’d be great to see him get a champion, from a champion. We love watching the Glen Gallon pups going around and racing a few ourselves.”
If his stud career can continue to emulate his racetrack performance, the champions will come, and Brett’s superstar will remain a household name for his efforts both on and off the track.
Glen Gallon stands for a fee of $1100 (frozen only). Anyone wishing to enquire about the services of Glen Gallon at stud, can contact Tony Brett on 0412 899 175.