Deane Stapleton poised to land century
Greyhound trainer Deane Stapleton is poised to score his 100th win for the season at either the Addington or Ascot Park meetings today.
The Rakaia licence holder is in his fifth season of training and his best tally for a term is 81 wins in 2009-10. He has already surpassed that total with 99 wins this season.
Stapleton will be represented by 21 runners today - seven at Addington and 14 at Ascot Park. Three others in the team are on the ballot at the Southland Greyhound Racing Club's meeting.
Ninety two of Stapleton's wins have been on his own account, while another seven were with former training partner Kylie Bonnet.
''At the start of the season I decided to have a go for 100 wins. That's why we've kept our [dog] numbers up,'' Stapleton said yesterday.
''We're working 45 but next season we'll get down to 30.''
It would be appropriate for Stapleton to reach the ton at Ascot Park.
The venue has been a happy hunting ground for him, with 50 wins being posted this season.
His other Ascot Park statistics for the term include training four winners in a day twice, a hat-trick of wins on seven occasions, a winning double seven times and a single winner on a card seven times.
Only on two occasions this season he has gone home without a winner. In total, his greyhounds have started 428 times at Ascot Park for 50 wins, 53 seconds and 57 thirds.
Stapleton's runners have filled a trifecta four times and a quinella 13 times. His 50 Ascot Park wins have come from 29 greyhounds.
A large part of his income is derived from stakes earned at Ascot Park.
''I train dogs especially for Invercargill meetings. I buy them cheap or I do deals.
''In this game, you can be eating t-bone steak one week and eating wallpaper off the walls the next,'' Stapleton quipped.
Should he reach the century today, he will become the 15th trainer to achieve the feat this season. Carolyn Hore, of Cambridge, posted her 100th victory at Manukau Stadium, Auckland, on Sunday. John McInerney leads the premiership with 560 wins.
Stapleton said his best chances at Ascot Park were Charles Frederick (race two) and Chokehold (race five). He thought Blazing Hot (race three) was his main hope at Addington.
''Chokehold is a track specialist at Invercargill, Charles Frederick does go good races at Invercargill and Blazing Hot has drawn wide at seven . . . a draw he likes.''
- The Southland Times