Trainer Mick Patterson brings champion dog He Knows Uno out onto track for the Westlawn Stayers’ Cup at Grafton Greyhound Clubs July Carnival.
Trainer Mick Patterson brings champion dog He Knows Uno out onto track for the Westlawn Stayers’ Cup at Grafton Greyhound Clubs July Carnival. Adam Hourigan

NSW champ

ILUKA greyhound trainer Mick Patterson is becoming an expert at navigating Australia's cities, and will tick another off the list when he takes star stayer He Knows Uno to Hobart for the National Distance Championships on August 25.

He Knows Uno will represent New South Wales after winning the state distance final at Bulli on Monday night - his 32nd win in a remarkable career of just 68 starts.

"It was a big thrill to win and know we will represent New South Wales," Patterson said.

"I've got no idea how we're going to get to Hobart yet, but I'm leaning towards driving down because that is how he is used to travelling.

"He has his own little bed in the trailer and we can stop with friends in Melbourne on the way and then catch the boat across."

He Knows Uno is developing a cult following in the Clarence Valley, and elsewhere in the greyhound racing world, for his exciting come-from-behind racing style.

Patterson, a former prawn fisherman turned trainer, is loving every minute of the ride with his "once in a lifetime" greyhound which is amongst the top prizemoney earners in the history of the sport with $436,364 in earnings to date.

He Knows Uno will race against the best stayers in Australia - with Miata from Western Australia and Irma Bale and Karanji from Victoria already booking their places in the championship.

The final box draw has not been completed as Tasmania is yet to hold its state titles.

"Hobart is a big, one-turn track, with a slight rise to the winning post, so it should suit my dog perfectly," Patterson said.

"He's an amazing dog. He always tries his best and he will do New South Wales proud I'm sure."

 

CAREER STATS

HE KNOWS UNO  68 starts: 32 wins, 17 seconds, 9 thirds.  Prizemoney: $436,364  Has won nine of his last 10 starts



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