August was a busy month for Ashleigh Kay and her first racing greyhound, Mr Spock, who she took over in early July.
The 31-year-old Tea Tree Gully office worker come hobby trainer made her first trip to Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway on August 1 when Mr Spock finished fifth to Under Study over 512 metres.
Four runs then followed at Murray Bridge before she returned to Mount Gambier with her black dog, a son of Moreira and Venetian Mask, and bred by Wally Harkins of Reynella.
Harkins greatest claim to fame is as the breeder-owner-trainer of champion stayer Sir Truculent who has won 41 races and $410,000 in stakemoney.
Lining up from box four in Thursday’s Swallow Drive Meats 5+ Wins Stake (400 metres), Mr Spock, while no Sir Truculent, worked home well to finish four lengths third behind Glenville Rose in 23.40 seconds.
That was Kay’s fourth minor placing for the month with her dog. And while still chasing her first winner, she reckoned there could finally be light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s certainly a long drive down here by oneself but I was really pleased with his run today. Provided he pulls up alright I think I’ll look to come back next week. I’m sure if I can win my first race with him then the drive home will be so much less stressful,” she said.
Kay said her involvement in greyhound racing had come about through a love of athletic dogs.
“Previously I had been involved in sled dog racing. Mr Spock came to me by way of Michael Stewart and Tamica Dunn of Palmer. And I have to say they have been terrific in their mentoring of me in regard to my introduction into greyhound racing.”