The Nowra Puppy Classic dates back to 2003 and is an event which a number of trainers on the NSW South Coast target each year.
The race has produced some smart winners in the past, notably Double Twist in 2013 winning by seven lengths and running 29.65s to set a new race record, Stilton Blue in 2014 and Sky Wave in 2018.
In 2019 it was a sentimental win Deb Coleman and her partner Rob Camilleri. Deb worked at Nowra for a long time and her children even used to go out holding the signs up in front of the dogs in feature races. In the 2019 Classic, her children Ricky and Kayla looked after Rob and Deb’s two finalists, Zipping Leroy and Zipping Norton. Zipping Leroy took out the event, in what was a very emotional night for all involved.