Monday, July 9, 2018
Aeroplane Mo’s emphatic win in Sunday’s 600 metre Koroit Feature now has Ballarat trainer Trent Blacker seriously looking at the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m), a best eight feature event to be run in conjunction with the Anniversary Cup and John Reid Memorial finals on Sunday, July 22 at Tara Raceway.
Owned by Blacker’s wife Zoe, a Racing Victoria Veterinary and Biosecurity Manager, Aeroplane Mo was quickly away from box seven in Sunday’s feature, virtually leading all the way when defeating Good Yarn, who worked home well after travelling wide throughout, by 5¼ lengths in 35.40 seconds.
Aeroplane Mo, a winner of six races, has done well for Blacker who has been training greyhounds for only two years and the son of Collision x Ritza Night for 17 of his 22 race starts, his wife recently taking over the ownership.
While the Blackers are now based on 10 acres outside of Ballarat, Trent Blacker, 30, was originally from Strathalbyn in SA and it was a win at his old home town track early last month with Sunday’s winner that he described as his most exciting prior to the Koroit 600.
In fact, Blacker’s mother Carolyn formerly successfully trained thoroughbreds at Strathalbyn while he spent seven years working for leading thoroughbred trainer Darren Weir prior to taking up a role as sales manager with Ballarat Volkswagen.
Aeroplane Mo is currently Blacker’s only greyhound in work, although he has several pups coming on and has further involved himself in the sport by becoming a committee member of the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club.
The Koroit 600 has now been run for three years with Peter Byrne continuing to support the event with a one-month breaking-in package at his Koroit Breaking-In and Trial Track, Blacker most appreciative of the gesture.
“I know most of the trainers in today’s race were keen to win the breaking-in package as they have pups approaching breaking-in stage.
“Actually we have just had pups broken-in at Koroit and I can’t speak highly enough of the job Peter and Dustin (Drew) did with them,” he said.