The time-honoured Group 3 Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park has been won by some smart dogs over the years, but in 2019 the GBOTA gave the race a stunning facelift.
The GBOTA limited the race to just four starters, and added some unique criteria to ensure a top field.
The first two spots in the field were to go to the two greyhounds which recorded the fastest two times over 520m at Wentworth Park in the preceding three months. The next spot went to the Million Dollar Chase winner, with the final place going to the highest ranked greyhound under the GRNSW grading policy.
In that first year of the new format, the four were Feral Franky, Good Odds Harada, Jimmy Casey and Embye.
The clash of the two brothers – Harada and Franky – was tantalising, and it didn’t disappoint, but when he positioned up behind his sibling, Feral Franky was always going to be hard to hold out. He won the Christmas Gift in 29.54s.