Years involved in industry: 50
- Winning Trainer 1985 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (and trained the runner-up)
- Winning Trainer 1991 Group 1 Australian Cup
- Winning Trainer 1970 National Sprint Championship
- Winning Trainer Age Classics (Maturity, Silver Chief, Sapphire) – 4 times
- Cranbourne GRC Committee Member 21 years
George Edwin (Ned) Bryant was a loveable larrikin. He was considered the Bart Cummings of greyhound training ranks and was also one of Australia’s most respected canine chiropractors.
Bryant was only 14 years old when he caught the greyhound racing bug. “The earliest influences on his career were trainer Harry Ralston, who lived just up the road in West Dandenong, and legendary breeder Rod Deakin,” said his son, John. “Dad & Rod became mates in the late 1950s. They loved a bet and would often attend greyhound meetings at White City and North Melbourne.”
Bryant owned a car dealership in Dandenong for many years while establishing his reputation as the sport’s “Silver Fox”. His “Silver Fox” sobriquet was an obvious reference to legendary Australian tennis coach, Harry Hopman, who pulled off many tactical master strokes as non-playing captain for Australia in Davis Cup ties during the 1950s and 1960s.
Ironically, Bryant – like his tennis counterpart – was a master tactician who turned greyhound training into an art form. In a distinguished 50-year association with greyhound racing, Bryant won virtually every major feature on the Victorian greyhound racing calendar with his canine proteges.Bryant considered the 1985 Melbourne Cup quinella (Sydney Dingaan-Shining Chariot) and 1991 Australian Cup (Franklin Deano) his highest training achievements.
And also rating among his list of megastars were Blackwood Earl, Blue Lightning, Currency Lass, Denison Miss, Grand Sapper, Jefferson, Quatro, Regal Hermes, Rod’s Advice, Rumpus Pappa, Shamrock Flight, Summer Jade, Supplier, Tesoro Mio, World Vision, Wynlee Wonder and Yootha Joy.
“He also raced Irish Temptress, the dam of the immortal Bold Trease who he and mum (Maureen) bred,” John said. Bryant was also one of the sport’s most in-demand canine chiropractors. “At first it was ‘trial and error’, and he was only charging $1 per greyhound,” John said. “He’d manipulate hundreds of greyhounds a week, with trainers travelling from as far away as Albury to have their greyhounds checked at his Cranbourne home.”