Bumpy Black, who won her first five starts before coming down with a virus, showed she was back better than ever by giving the brilliant Laurie's Flyer a start and a beating at Gosford on Tuesday.
Laurie's Flyer had won eight of 10 previous starts and led to the home turn but Bumpy Black, trained locally at Kulnura by Neil Lyford, ran her down in near record time of 21.98 for the 388m trip.
Bumpy Black is a daughter of Izzy Marlow and was bred by Kevin Gordon, who raced the dam's sire Lochinvar Marlow.
Trained for Gordon by Robert Smith, Lochinvar Marlow won 18 of 37 starts including the 2010 group 1 Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park.
"I broke in Bumpy Black and was so impressed with her that I did a deal with Kevin and bought her dam Izzy Marlow for not much money and a couple of pups from a subsequent litter,'' Lyford said.
"Izzy Marlow's second litter, by Dyna Double One, are 13 months old and are ready to go to be broken in.
"There are eight pups and I have six while Kevin Gordon owns two.
"I did not expect Bumpy Black to break 22sec at Gosford on Tuesday but I did think that if she could settle into a reasonably close position early she would be hard to hold out.''
Hanley, a litter brother to Bumpy Black, also broke in impressively but did not make his race debut until Tuesday afternoon, when he overcame a slow start to win a 440m Goulburn maiden for trainer Steve Crompton in 25.32sec.
Lyford recently returned to greyhound racing, taking a break from the sport after winning a group 1 race in Brisbane with Short Model, who was runner-up, beaten a length by Token Wave, when a $2 favourite in the 2000 Peter Mosman Classic at Wentworth Park.
Just over a year ago he paid $15,000 for his "comeback'' dog Ducati George after the greyhound had won five of six starts in Tasmania and he has been a worthwhile purchase, winning 13 races for Lyford.
FEW greyhounds are able to win first-up after seven months on the sidelines but the Jody Manuel-trained Rippin' Chevy was up to the task at Gosford on Tuesday night.
Having his first start since injuring stopper tendons in October, Rippin' Chevy won over 388m in a slick 22.35sec.
The dog has now won five of his past seven races for his trainer from Butterwick, near Maitland.
ALAN Jones, who announced his retirement from radio this week, was not only a staunch defender of the sport over the proposed NSW Government ban, but has been a successful greyhound owner.
Jones, Test and State of Origin rugby league star Terry Hill and the footballer's manager Wayne Beavis shared ownership of Taylah Ruth, who was a Wentworth Park winner in 2003.
Trained by Ruth King at Dapto, Taylah Ruth's 10 wins from 21 races included four victories at headquarters.
COOTAMUNDRA breeder Gregg Mills is entitled to be particularly proud of sibling bitches Lilac Izmir and Willow Izmir, who gave him a winning double at Goulburn on Tuesday.
Lilac Izmir and Willow Izmir, who have now won nine races between them, are fifth generation descendants of Mills' brood bitch Casino Izmir, who won five of 15 starts.
Her daughter Chevron Izmir won 15 of 32, while she produced Adhara Izmir, a winner of five from 10 starts with her daughter Daisy Izmir, successful in eight from 30 appearances, the mother of Mills' Goulburn winners.
Mills has always restricted the racetrack careers of his bitches, believing they become better producers if lightly raced.