Dam Slippery Crowned Queensland's Finest

NSW bred and owned, but Queensland raced and trained - that's the story of Dam Slippery's victory in the 2019 Queensland GOTY.

David Brasch

18 September 2020

NSW bred and owned, but Queensland raced and trained – that’s the story of Dam Slippery’s victory in the 2019 Queensland greyhound of the year.

Owners David Blench and Michael Phillips and trainer Brett Hazelgrove had to wait more than six months to find out if their grand daughter of Dyna Double One-Go Mini Mouse could win the award.

With the onslaught of COVID-19 on greyhound racing, the Queensland awards ceremony was cancelled.

It was only Thursday night before Racing Queensland could put together a function to announced the state’s 2019 star.

She won the award over Darren Russell’s Bago Bye Bye and Wise Misty which was trained by Brett Hazelgrove’s brother Craig.

Dam Slippery had a vintage year winning the Richmond Oaks and the State Of Origin, finished second in the National Futurity and Queensland Futurity and third in the Townsville Cup.

She retired in December last year with a record of 54 starts for 22 wins and 18 placings earning $201,000.

“I told the boys when she won her maiden at Albion Park in 29.98 she would earn them $100,000,” said Brett.

“And, she retired the winner of $200,000.”

Dam Slippery was on the comeback trail some months ago but broke her hock.

“We’ve had a hard time of it with her and the hock injury,” said Brett.

“But she’s over it now and jumping out of her skin.

“The boys have a straw for Kinloch Brae planned for her when she comes on season.”

Brett’s devotion to Dam Slippery is obvious.

“She’s just a little trooper and she deserved an honour like this,” he said.

“And, it was worth the six months wait.”

He was high in praise for all those who helped him when tripping interstate with Dam Slippery.

“I got some tremendous support to be able to give her the chance she deserved in those big races,” he said.