Friday, June 12, 2020
Kevin “KD” Douglas’s “Catch for Cash” initiative at Tara Raceway’s Thursday afternoon greyhound meetings has really taken off.
“Catch for Cash” was introduced last month by KD after he took out an attendant’s licence. He was then permitted to catch greyhounds at the conclusion of their races for local trainers.
And also being an active charity worker in the region, he put it to trainers that, instead of taking a fee to catch their greyhounds, they could place a gold coin in the “Catch for Cash” jar that would be in the clubrooms on race days.
“I’ve been volunteering at the Sunset Community Kitchen which does a terrific job for people in need by providing meals at the John Frew Centre (Frew Park) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.,” KD said.
“The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club got right behind the idea of supporting the Sunset Kitchen and so, it seems, did participants. Actually, a couple of weeks ago I was away and couldn’t carry out my role as a catcher. Despite this, there was still money placed in the ‘Catch for Cash’ jar.”
Then, yesterday, Rooster burst back onto the scene, taking his personal best 400 metres time down from 23.50 seconds to 23.15 seconds with a powerhouse display in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Manila Express is one of several Victorian greyhounds that found their way into SA kennels for the purpose of racing at Tara Raceway after the SA border closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Currently trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Rooster – or Trevor as he is affectionately known to those closest to him – is owned by Scott Blacksell who said he was more than happy for his dog to take on an ambassadorial role for the Sunset Community Kitchen.
“Look, I’m right behind KD’s initiative. So much so, I’ll put $50 in the jar every time Rooster wins a race,” said Blacksell, speaking last night from Cape Bridgewater.
The proceeds from “Catch for Cash” will be presented to a Sunset Community Kitchen representative later in the year at a Tara Raceway meeting which will include a race carrying the local charity’s name.