Monday, October 15, 2018
Mordred’s win at Tara Raceway on Sunday, after a break of more than three months, was local sporting identity Kevin “KD” Douglas’s first win with a greyhound in close to 26 years.
In fact it was on November 14, 1992 when his 26 kilogram fawn bitch called Lichine defeated Charming Gypsy over 479 metres at Glenburnie in a best of day time of 30.15 seconds.
By Wild Conquest out of Mystic Lake, Lichine, trained locally for Douglas by John Reid, won 13 races at the greyhound track situated inside the racecourse.
Fast forward something like 23 years and Douglas, in his much-valued role of handling the major race presentations for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, first encountered Moyston trainer Peter Franklin.
He recalls that Franklin, trainer of former local track record holders Ireland’s Oyster (400 m) and Mojito Mayhem (512 m), as well as current 600 metre record holder McIvor Verna, presented himself as an outstanding person and also presented the multiple cups winner Mojito Mayhem in magnificent order.
“In fact, I was so impressed by Peter and the manner in which he turned out his greyhounds that I asked him if he could find me a couple of pups to race with him,” Douglas said.
“It took him a while but 18 months later Peter came up with two black pups by Kinloch Brae out of Wicked Princess that he then proceeded to rear at his Moyston property. Now my portfolio included shares in three pacers and two greyhounds.”
And there wasn’t too much wrong with the pups’ breeding. The US-bred Kinloch Brae has been an outstanding sire while Wicked Princess, a daughter of Bartrim Bale and Wicked Witch, was unraced but her litter sister Secret Spell won 23 races and more than $276,000 in stakemoney.
Fast forward another couple of years and one of the black pups, now named Mordred, had knocked up a couple of second placings at Tara Raceway. His first win looked imminent, however an injury sustained at Ballarat subsequently kept him off the track for 14 weeks.
Resuming from box three in Sunday’s Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), Mordred was slowly away but found a rails run to move into third spot down the back before finishing over the top of Red Hat Ruby and Coco Suzy to win by three-quarters of a length in 23.48 seconds.
Now, if only one of those pacers could win a race.