Greyhound Racing New Zealand has named Clone Your Own, Pretty Good and Thrilling Brat as the finalists for the 2012-13 New Zealand Greyhound of the Year title.
The winner well be announced at the code's annual awards dinner in Hamilton on October 12.
The Canterbury-owned Clone Your Own earned his nomination by winning Group races on both sides of the Tasman. He won $25,295 in New Zealand before securing A$112,700 in Victoria.
Winning numerous Group and feature races contributed to Dave and Jean Fahey's former star, Pretty Good, being a finalist. He has been named winner of the New Zealand middle distance award (400m - 599m). One of Pretty Good's Group wins was the Far South Challenge (Ascot Park), which contributed to him being the highest stakes earning greyhound in the country for last season with $102,689.
Thrilling Brat comprehensively dominated the stayers' ranks, with wins in three Group I races for his Tirau based breeder and owner Gary Harding and trainer Karen Walsh.
Thrilling Brat, who was last season's second highest stakes earner with $93,516, will be announced the New Zealand Stayer of the Year.
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