Thursday, April 19, 2018
With Ivor Dowdell being born on ANZAC Day and serving in Borneo during World War II, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s annual ANZAC meeting at Tara Raceway seems an appropriate day to run the Ivor Dowdell Memorial final (400 metres).
Dowdell died in early 2017 in his 95th year, having only hung up the collar and lead a couple of years prior, his last winner at Tara Raceway being He Gone on September 11, 2015.
An article in The Border Watch in April 2012 when he turned 90 suggested that not only was he Australia’s oldest licensed greyhound trainer but probably the oldest in the world.
He embraced the suggestion good-heartedly because being the world’s oldest greyhound trainer did come with a few perks – not the least being his own reserved table at Tara Raceway on race days and a birthday cake on or about April 25 each year.
Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson has the distinction of winning the inaugural Dowdell Memorial last year with Lektra Excess defeating Galactic Dragon and Still We Believe. It was a good result, with Wilson, like Dowell, being a hobby trainer and simply enjoying the sport.