Shadale claimed one of the most memorable matches of Speed Star on Thursday night, it was a win that put the cherry on top of what’s been an emphatic return to racing.
He met star veteran Black Mumbo in the second match race of the night. The pair showcased what Speed Star is all about as Shadale took the lead in the final stride of the match.
“I’m very, very proud of him,” said trainer Jimmy Redenbach.
Shadale was considered retired in January after he injured his back muscle in a heat of the Traralgon Cup. In the days following connections accepted that his racing days were done.
“He was finished.
“I told the boys (Gebecepe Syndicate, headed by Geoff Lance) he was retired, he was living as a pet in my backyard. I told them I’d keep him for a few weeks, about six went by and I decided I’ll keep him at home myself, as he’s a beautiful dog.
“I often took him to the beach for a walk and a swim in the cold water. Over time he seemed pretty good, I let him go for run a few times and everything seemed ok. I took him to Des Fegan to get him checked, he had a look and he said there’s no worries, he can race again.
“I rang the boys up and said ‘we’re going to put him back into work’.”
He returned to racing mid-April running 2nd at Ballarat, he then won his next start at Sale which led to his Speed Star match.
Naturally we’d expect Shadale to contest this Thursday’s Harrison-Dawson heats, however Redenbach says he will skip the group 1 series and rest Shadale for a couple of weeks before returning to Sandown Park.
“I let him out this morning and he went berserk, he’s good as gold. I’m going to give him a couple weeks off racing, then I’ll enter him back at Sandown.”
Update (Sunday afternoon): Shadale is expected to be nominated for this Thursday’s heats of the Harrison-Dawson
A veteran of the sport, Redenbach was in awe of the Speed Star format.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s a terrific exhibition of greyhound racing.”
Feature event winners on the night were Dyna Patty, Tornado Tears and Rippin’ Sam with Not Available and Honcho Monelli taking out the 515m consolations.