Rising four year old Our Didda broke through for his first city win at his 102nd career start last Thursday night.
In the final race of the club’s final metro meeting of 2018, Our Didda jumped cleanly from box 1 to lead throughout and score by an impressive seven lengths in 29.60.
“He is a wide runner so I was hoping for box 8, but got box 1 which turned out better,” said his proud trainer Stan Bauer.
“He seems to be running better now than he ever has, so yeah, very happy.”
It was Baurer’s first city win of the year and the achievement was particularly pleasing for the retired roof plumber. Not only does he train Our Didda – one of just three greyhounds in his kennel – for a syndicate of friends and family, he also bred him with the first greyhound he trained after his return to the sport.
“I started 40 odd years ago but got married and had kids so had to give it up. But when I retired I thought I‘d get myself a dog to keep myself busy and that’s how I got my first dog. It was quite successful and won a few city races, that was Didda Joe.”
Didda Joe won 17 of his 80 starts in a career that spanned more than two and a half years. Bauer now stands Didda Joe at stud, his first litter producing Our Didda.
“I had seven pups which all won races. I’m rapt, they weren’t city class but they did OK.”
Thursday’s $5000 winners cheque took his career earnings past $33,000. And with his first city win under the belt, Bauer is hopeful that there are more to come.
“I was going to take him to the Meadows because he’s still a grade 5 there, but I think after Thursday’s run I might take him back to Sandown Park.”
Our Didda wins his first city race at career start number 102
Earlier in the night, Poke The Bear closed out a memorable 2018 with his 24th victory for the calendar year, defeating a high class field in 29.15.
Click here for full results from Thursday night.