McInerney breaks record for wins in a season

MILESTONE VICTORY: Homebush Mayhem, right, wins at Addington on Tuesday — the last day of the 2011-12 season. The victory was trainer John McInerney’s 800th for the term.
MILESTONE VICTORY: Homebush Mayhem, right, wins at Addington on Tuesday — the last day of the 2011-12 season. The victory was trainer John McInerney’s 800th for the term.

Greyhounds trained by John McInerney raced a staggering 6462 times last season.

The 2011-12 season ended on Tuesday with McInerney retaining his crown as the country's champion trainer. He broke his national record for wins in a season by racking up 803 victories. His previous best was 612 in 2010-11.

Interestingly, the 210 greyhounds that raced for McInerney last season together earned $1.3 million.

The licence holder trained eight winners on Tuesday - five at Addington and three at Forbury Park. Homebush Mayhem brought up McInerney's 800th success when taking out a class three sprint at Addington.

Greyhound Racing New Zealand's racing manager, Stu Cashen applauded McInerney's record-breaking season.

''It's a huge achievement,'' he said yesterday.

''It reflects his professionalism and organisation.''

McInerney operates training facilities at Darfield, near Christchurch, and Marton in the Central Districts.

The Southland Times