Black Top
The Gardens
Avg race time29.97
Avg 1st section5.04
Named after one of the superstars of greyhound racing Black Top - a Newcastle local - the race carries Group 2 status and is a feature on the calendar at the Ladbrokes Gardens track.

The first Black Top was staged in 2005 and won by the Doreen Drynan-trained Buddy Rich.

The event has attracted a number of very smart greyhounds and has been won by the likes of One Tree Hill (2007), Cindeen Shelby (2009), and local favourite Mister Twister (2017) for Jason Mackay.

Mackay won his third Black Top in 2019 when Aston Duke put up a  tenacious performance to win on a rain drenched night in Newcastle.

2020 saw the emergence of a young greyhound under the care of Kristy Sultana. Flying Ricciardo, stunned everyone in the heats running 1/100th outside the track record, a week later he was equally imprressive.

Kristy Sultana - Trainer Flying Ricciardo

Non-Graded Event 515m (Group 2)
Finalists from heats
Prize money: $40000 / $8649 / $5405