GREYHOUNDS: Dyraaba dog burns up the track
IT doesn't take a wholesale operation to train a winning greyhound.
Winton Burn is currently the sole sprinter for Andrew Monaghan from Dyraaba.
The big 33kg dog pocketed $1220 for his owners when he won the Westlawn Finance Betfair Blue Paws Final yesterday.
"Usually we've got a fair few dogs, but he's the only one in work at the moment," Monaghan said.
"We've also got four pups that we're currently breaking in."
Highly fancied after qualifying as the fastest heat winner in 27.43 seconds over the 480 metre journey, Winton Burn ($3.30) trailed Emma Love ($4.70) out of the boxes but soon kicked clear to win by five and a half lengths in a fast time of 27.28s.
Gary Smith was chuffed with the second-placed effort of Orara Norm ($36.90), while Emma Love, trained by Dave Irwin, settled for third.
"He's just a young dog and improving every run," Monaghan said. "He ran a good time too, three lengths quicker than the heat."
The love was shared at Grafton with 10 different trainers winning the 10 different heats.
Monaghan, like all the trainers at the track, was well aware his beloved industry is currently embroiled in controversy.
But apart from a new topic on everyone's lips, it was just another day at the track as far as the trainers, officials and punters were concerned.
"There's plenty of talk around the track," Monaghan said.
"It's one of those things that's not good for the industry. But, as trainers, we've just got to soldier on, keep the dogs going and keep racing."