Tuesday, July 3, 2018
It’s now been five years since Noel Perry of Mount Gambier owned his first greyhound – the beautifully bred Iceman Lang.
And while Iceman Lang failed to live up to his pedigree or match the deeds of his littermates, the experience had been enough to keep Perry interested.
His initial involvement came about through his wife Heather’s brother, Brian Treloar, who at the end of 2010 had bred a litter by Bombastic Shiraz out of Phiona that included the Group 1-winning Spud Regis, as well as some other pretty handy types including the ill-fated Big Black Mac, Pippa Shiraz and Sooky Suzie, along with Iceman Lang.
Then in October 2015 the Melton-based Treloar mated Sooky Suzie, a winner of eight races and close to $20,000, with leading sire Cosmic Rumble – Perry later purchasing a couple of dog pups from his brother-in-law.
Later to race as Mount Ghost and Mount Duke, the former winning a couple of races at Tara Raceway early this year, it wasn’t long before Perry was under the pump to find new trainers for the pair.
“To be honest, I just couldn’t find anyone remotely interested in training them,” he said. “So I decided I would train them myself – after all, surely it can’t be that hard.
“I built a couple of kennels, answered all the questions correctly (I think) to obtain an owner-trainer’s licence, purchased a key to the Tara Raceway slipping track where I could exercise the dogs and before I knew it I was a greyhound trainer.”
With Perry looking for his first win as a trainer, Mount Duke lined up from box six as one of the outsiders in last Sunday’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake (512 metres), having raced on 13 occasions for four third placings.
But the 34 kilogram fawn dog quickly put himself in a forward spot, chasing Bourne Bill into the home straight before the benefit of all those solid gallops on the slipping track kicked in as he finished powerfully to defeat Teacup Toni, who just nudged out Bourne Bill for second spot, by 1¾ lengths in 30.51 seconds.
It was certainly a win to savour for Noel and Heather Perry who will now be hoping for another winning day at Thursday’s meeting – Mount Duke and Mount Ghost lining up from boxes six and seven in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).