Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tara Raceway regular Scott Blacksell, of Cape Bridgewater, likened it to putting on a wet football jumper before going out to play.
He was, of course, referring to the situation at Tara Raceway on wet days – and there have been a few this year – whereby some greyhounds prior to racing had found themselves required to wear a damp racing rug.
Matters came to a head at last Friday’s race meeting when Blacksell, a former member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee, approached current committee member Allen Williams.
“Go and buy a bloody clothes dryer and I’ll donate it to the club,” he demanded of Williams.
Well, Williams didn’t have to be told twice and before Tara Raceway had cleared that afternoon he had returned with a Simpson dryer.
“I thought I’d get it before Scotty changed his mind,” Williams said.
And soon after that, local steward John Woodland – no doubt soon to be appointed the official rug dryer – had the dryer mounted on the kennel house wall.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get things moving. Scott Blacksell proved that and his donation will be much appreciated by trainers racing their greyhounds at Tara Raceway.