Leprechaun Miss (1995 Shining Chariot – National Dingaan) is just the fourth greyhound to be inducted into GRV’s Hall of Fame for her achievements as a broodmatron.
Despite being unwanted as a pup, her influence on Australian greyhound breeding is almost incomparable when you weigh up the calibre of greyhounds she and her daughters have produced, plus the fact that at least 10 stud dogs can be traced back to her.
Leprechaun Miss transformed the lives of Little River couple Paul and Diane Bartolo, who went from being greyhound racing “battlers” to the envy of virtually every greyhound breeder in the country.
However, to say that it almost never happened is an understatement, Bartolo reveals.
“I always wanted a pup from the National Lass line – which was a great line in NSW – and these pups were granddaughters of National Lass.”
“A mate (the late Ray Bell) and I bought four of them for $2,000 each – which was big money back then – sight unseen. I wanted to drive to NSW to look at them first but Ray had already arranged with the breeder (Richie Dean) to have them transported to us.”
“They arrived and three of them looked fantastic, while the other one (Leprechaun Miss) was the ugliest pup I have ever seen.”
“She was the runt of the litter and was undershot, so I got on the phone to Richie straight away and told him I was going to send her back to him and that I wanted my money back.”
“He said no, so Ray and I tossed a coin as to who would keep her, because we were having two each from the litter.”
“I lost the toss, and was so convinced that she wouldn’t be any good that instead of keeping her myself I gave her to (wife) Diane as a present,” he laughed.