Magic milestone: Price Rise reaches 100th start
GREYHOUNDS: For a dog to reach 100 starts is a memorable achievement, and for Sonia and Warren Kempshall trained Price Rise the occasion was celebrated with a win.
Finishing ahead of the pack in Lismore, Warren said he was proud to see the win.
"Considering she is nearly five-years-old, we were very happy to see her win in her 100th start," he said.
"She is a special dog, she's always carried on like a two-year-old pup since day dot and she is still the same now. She still loves to run around and we basically have got to stop her running because she is always full of beans.
"She's not a world beater but a good consistent dog, and when you breed them and rear them and train them ourselves, it's no-one else's doing so it's a bit of a feather in our cap."
Warren said when Price Rise was born, things could have gone very differently, with the Kempshalls eyeing off another dog in the litter.
"A bloke rang up and ended up being a real good friend, and he wanted to buy the dog we were going to keep, so we were stuck with (Price Rise) who turned out to be the best out of the lot," he said.
"I've been in greyhounds since I was 16 or 17, so it just shows that you don't know at the start from a litter who is going to be good or bad."
Price Rise, who turns five in December, has been racing for close to three years, and Warren said she hasn't lost any of her love for racing.
"Sometimes dogs go sour and they lose their zest to race, and dogs like that you've got to retire them and find them a decent home," he said.
"With Price Rise, the zest for racing is still the same as when she first started, and as long as she is happy going around and pulls up injury free we will keep racing her."
The Kempshalls have three dogs racing in the Greyhound Racing NSW Masters category for dogs 45 months and older, which Warren said was good to give older dogs the chance to keep running and racing.
"You've got to look after the dogs and keep them happy, feed them the best tucker and if your dogs are happy, they're going to want to race," he said.
"Most of our young dogs don't get their first start until they're 20 or 22 months old, so when they're four-years-old they haven't been taxed as much."
Price Rise will race at Grafton tonight in its 101st start.