Breeding: SIRE: Prince Kua DAM: Joanne Lu
Whelped : April 1970
Trainer : Peter McGuinness
Owners : Ann and Roma McGuinness
Career Race Record : 97 starts, 56 wins, 31 placings
Career Prizemoney : $61,208
- Winner 1972, 1973 Group 1 Sandown Cup
- Winner 1972, 1973 NCA Cup – Olympic Park
- Winner 1973 Sandown Park Distance Championship
- Won 1973 Olympic Park Distance Championship
- Won 1973 Anniversary Trophy – Newcastle
Distance racing is a demanding art form – the ultimate test of endurance, courage and stamina. And greyhound racing enthusiasts have been privileged to witness a passing parade of staying greats – a host of celebrated and evocative names including inaugural 1973 Victorian Greyhound of the Year, Lizrene.
Whelped in April 1970, Lizrene – one of nine pups (5 males; 4 females) – was trained in Dandenong by the late Peter McGuinness. “We owned her sire, Prince Kua, and decided to keep him for stud purposes. A friend of ours had her dam, Joanne Lu, and it was a bloodline we wanted to use,” said McGuinness’ wife, Roma. Prince Kua only served two brood matrons before he and one of the dams he mated perished tragically in a kennel fire. This left only the litter out of Joanne Lu to carry on his bloodlines. Retaining three brindle pups (2 males; 1 female), Peter McGuinness christened Lizrene as “Cindy”.
“She was always a cheeky little thing, and the runt of the litter. She was quite different to the rest of the pups, always running and yapping at the moon.” Lizrene raced on 97 occasions for 56 wins, 19 seconds and 12 thirds, being only unplaced 10 times. She amassed $61,208 in stake money – a then Australian record.
She won 23 races at Olympic Park and 22 events at Sandown Park (a record she held jointly with former champion stayer Jack) meaning more than 80% of her wins were at both city tracks. Lizrene ranks with the all-time distance greats but also displayed versatility finishing third over the sprint trip in the 1971 Melbourne Cup. “She knew where the finish line was. She wasn’t quick early but had a brain,” Roma said. “When she won her second successive Sandown Cup, it took Peter three days to get over it. Sandown was Peter’s ‘home away from home’, so it was very special.”