A GRATEFUL June and Barry Butler have regained irreplaceable Black Top memorabilia after it was anonymously returned yesterday morning.
Framed racing papers and rugs of the legendary 1960s Hunter greyhound were found on the doorstep of National Coursing Association president Kevin Gordon’s Beresfield business, Multicam, when employees arrived yesterday.
The items were left to the Butlers by Black Top trainer and June’s uncle, the late Frank Holmes, but were donated on loan for display at The Gardens track.
They went missing during the forced changeover of managers at the Birmingham Gardens facility last month.
Greyhound Racing NSW removed the NCA as manager over concerns about the club’s financial viability and installed the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers’ Association as interim manager.
The Herald contacted the Butlers and detailed their loss last week, prompting Gordon to place an advertisement in the NCA-owned The Greyhound Recorder asking for the framed memorabilia to be returned.
June was thankful for the support.
‘‘We’re very happy, it’s a great result,’’ June said.
‘‘We’ve got them back and now we just have to work out whether we put them back at the track or what we do. We’ll have to see.’’
Butler said a muzzle, not part of the collection, was with the items and would be taken back to the track for the rightful owners to claim.
Barry Butler said he had made copies of photos and clippings and given them to the track, where a group2 race and bar carry the Black Top name, but the framed memorabilia returned yesterday was irreplaceable.