Tony Brett’s Thirty Talks was one of the most talked about greyhounds in Australia in 2016, bursting onto the scene with some scintillating race track performances which saw him take out the inaugural edition of the Group 2 Richmond Riches in New South Wales and culminated with a maiden Group 1 victory at home at Albion Park in December’s Brisbane Cup. It appeared as though the sky was the limit for the imposing brindle chaser.
Unfortunately for Brett and owner Len Antonio, Thirty Talks’ career came to an abrupt halt later that month, injuring himself when appearing to have the Group 1 Silver Chief Classic at The Meadows at his mercy, a heartbreaking scene for any racing fan.
Initially, the outlook for his racing career was bleak, with many believing we may have seen him run his last race, but rest and recuperation has enabled his trainer to ease him back toward a potential race track return.
“Realistically, he is coming back from a serious injury and he has to come back to Group level racing, but he has age on his side” Brett said.
“If we can get him back, we will look to have a crack at the Winter Cup in Brisbane in July.”
Whilst he is on the sidelines, his connections are preparing him for his inevitable foray into stud duties. His history on and off the track is sure to command much attention from breeders.
A record $30,000 purchase at the Richmond Riches Puppy Auction in 2014, it was initially his imposing looks that attracted both Brett and Antonio to the son of Where’s Pedro.
“He was the first dog that really took (Len’s) eye when he walked into the sale. Lenny’s seen a lot of dogs over the years and this fellow stood out on the day.”
“Since then I’ve seen (the sale) on TV and he looked exactly like he does now, just a miniature version.”
“He was a lovely big dog with great conformation. He looked special and he has been.”
He is an exciting prospect for prospective breeders according to his trainer,
“He was untapped” Brett said.
“He was getting better, his speed was enormous.”
Brett, who has trained countless quality greyhounds in his time in the game, compares Thirty Talks to one of his champion female chasers Queen Lauryn,
“Queen Lauryn was the fastest I’ve had, but she wasn’t a race dog like he was becoming.”
It has been an active few weeks for Thirty Talks, Brett and Antonio, taking out top prize of 2016 Queensland Greyhound Of The Year at the annual awards ceremony last week beating out high quality female chasers Cyndie’s Magic and Outside Pass.
It’s easy to understand why Brett’s star took home the major prize. The race record speaks for itself; he has won 26 of his 36 starts to date, a success rate of almost 64 percent. He has recorded the second fastest time ever at Ipswich (30.03), the equal second fastest time ever at Albion Park (29.57) which is also a Brisbane Cup race record.
Team Thirty Talks are also coming on board with the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club, with Thirty Talks at Stud to become the naming rights sponsor of the 2017 Group 2 Queensland Derby, to be run in early May.
His burgeoning stud career is already making potential breeders sit up and take notice, with Brett fielding many calls about his availability.
“The interest in the last fortnight has been unreal. One of the first phone calls was from John McCarthy (with Pearl Za Zinger).”
“He’s got a straw lined up for her when she comes on (season)” Brett said.
Tony Brett will stand Thirty Talks at his property with frozen straws soon to be available for $1350 including GST.
“At $1350 with his bloodlines, I think he’ll be very popular up here (in Queensland).”
Expressions of interest for Thirty Talks at Stud can be made with Tony Brett by contacting him at 0412 899 175.