Thursday, December 28, 2017
Local greyhound racing has lost one of its long-time participants in Peter “Spider” Whitehead who died last week at the age of 68.
A 1974 South Gambier Football Club premiership player, Whitehead also won a Mail Medal while playing for Nangwarry and at one stage of his successful local football career was playing coach of Glencoe.
But by the time greyhound racing was ready to commence at Tara Raceway’s Lake Terrace East venue in early 1997 he had developed a keen interest in the “longtails” with Blue Gothic being one of the first dogs he trained.
Blue Gothic, a son of Tantallon x Clovalley Haze, won four of his 24 race starts with Whitehead always maintaining that he would have been his best dog but for the rookie trainer having no idea what he was doing!
In the early 2000s he enjoyed success with Awesome Trev (Awesome Assassin x Delicate Deb) who won a heat of the 2003 Warrnambool Classic (450 m) as well as races at Tara Raceway.
Earlier this year, when acting as a caretaker trainer for Tracie Price, he kept the winners coming through Summer Raine, Goldie’s Run, Swift Limes, Shannah’s Might, Sophie’s Moment and Fear The Rascal.
Peter Whitehead’s funeral service will be conducted at Carinya Gardens, Mount Gambier, at 10 o’clock on Friday morning. He is survived by his widow Gidget, two children and seven grandchildren.