The trainer-owner combination of Michael Bewley and Shane Randle had plenty to celebrate last night as Zipping Jamie made it six wins from just as many starts.
Their partnership is only in its infancy and they look to have found their most promising pup yet.
“I’ve known Shane for a fair few years. He had some horses and wasn’t having much luck, he saw we (Michael and wife Debbie) had a treble at Ballarat last year and following that he rang us asking if he can buy into some greyhounds,” explained Bewley.
The team only acquired Zipping Jamie earlier this year. She was advertised online and it didn’t take long to catch the eye of Bewley, he snapped her up as soon as he could from one of the most respected greyhound families in Australia, the Hallinans.
“Her brother is Zipping Garth, that’s one of the reasons why we bought her as he was going to be a freak. Her sister made the final of the Peter Mosman Opal, Zipping Truvy. Now she’s (Zipping Jamie) won a city race so she’s worth her weight in gold.”
In these situations there is always temptation from owners and trainers to prematurely retire their greyhound with an aim to start breeding, however Bewley said as long as Zipping Jamie is fit and happy they’ll continue to race her.
“We’re just taking her along slowly. We know her ability, so we’re going to take it one step at a time and see how she comes along. We’ll continue to race her as long as she’s sound.”
Later in the night Lagoon Rhett continued his sensational run of form, he claimed his fourth Free-For-All in a row at Sandown Park in what was the toughest field he’s met.
His trainer Terry Reid couldn’t wipe the grin off his face after the win.
“I was doubtful of his chances tonight but he just keeps winning!”
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