Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Rookie trainer lands first winner

It was only 12 months ago that Branxholme owner-trainer Laughlan McLean was at Tara Raceway with his first greyhound – Granny Said Go.

And while she ran a few placings, he soon opted to move her on to another kennel in order to spend more time with a black dog pup by Aston Dee Bee that he had purchased from NSW.

That pup, whelped in May 2020 and now racing as Diego, made his debut over 305 metres at the Mount Gambier track yesterday. In a dashing display, he soon rounded up the Maiden Stake field, before racing away for a 5¾ lengths win in 18.12 seconds.

Poppy, Connor and Laughlan McLean with Diego after his first win at Tara Raceway yesterday.

For McLean this was his first win, the 36-year-old attributing much of the success to his mentor – well known greyhound man Phil Lenehan of Toolong.

“It was purely by chance that one night, prior to becoming actively involved, I bumped into Phil at the Warrnambool dogs. He’s been a tremendous help ever since,” said McLean.

“And when I told him I was looking for a pup he suggested I give serious consideration to Aston Dee Bee as a sire. Later, I purchased Diego as a pup through an advertisement posted on Greyhound Data.

“Since then it’s been a real hands-on exercise. He came down by road from Sydney and I picked him up at Geelong. Then I reared and broke-in Diego myself prior to taking on the training.”

Diego’s dam is eight-race NSW winner It’s A Shame, a daughter of Collision x Ritza Rita, and a litter sister to Rita’s Boy who won 24 races and $140,000 in stakemoney.

And McLean will soon be making another trip to Geelong, to pick up a pup from It’s A Shame’s second litter, this time by Ritza Lenny.

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