The annual Simon Benson Memorial Final (460m) will be held at Warragul tonight in memory of a larger than life character.
Simon Benson was only involved in greyhound racing for about 12 months, but he made a huge impression in that time as the ‘pro catcher’ of Paua Kennels, headed by leading greyhound trainer and close friend Steven White.
Despite not having a runner in tonight’s final, White will be taking a close interest in the race.
“I think Immediate is the one to beat. He’s a nice up-and-coming youngster,” White said.
Trained by Vince Tullio, Immediate has had five starts for four wins, and is the second favourite with TAB at $3.00. However, Steve said that if Simon was watching the race he’d be barracking for a particular outsider.
“Simon would be cheering for (trainer) Billy McMahon and his greyhound Dr. Abbie,” White said.
Dr. Abbie is rated a $10 chance with TAB after drawing box two.
Simon passed away in November 2016 from a heart attack at just 30 years of age, two months after he endured a serious leg injury in a bike accident.
He was a member of the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club, and was renowned for always being happy and telling wild stories.
The Simon Benson Memorial is open to greyhounds with 1-4 wins and carries a first prize of $5,000.
SIMON BENSON MEMORIAL
1. WHIP ALLEN, Correy Grenfell (Avalon)
2. DR. ABBIE, William McMahan (Darriman)
3. IMMEDIATE, Vince Tullio (Pearcedale)
4. DOUBLE TAX, Anthony Azzopardi (Myrniong)
5. HOT FIASCO, Peter Schofield (Cranbourne East) Scratched
6. ARON ALLEN, Correy Grenfell (Avalon)
7. RED HOT ATTITUDE, Vicki Wisener (Hazelwood)
8. ZANTHRE ALLEN, Samantha Grenfell (Avalon)