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The right pick

Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president Noel Perry and Kerry Hawker with 2021 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Another Pick.

For the second time in three years, greyhounds owned and trained by Edenhope-based Captain Abbott have won the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award.

Yesterday, Another Pick received the 2021 award after winning 12 races over 400 metres and 512 metres at Tara Raceway.

By Unlawful Entry out of Proud Fantasy, the white and blue bitch was purchased by Abbott as a pup from Pyramid Hill-based Judith Condo and John Caulfield – also the breeders of Mount Gambier record holders Giant’s Flash and Minnie Banjo.

Abbott wasn’t too far off the mark when selecting Another Pick who overall has now won 17 races.

In fact, he wasn’t too far off the mark either back in 1974 when as a Dandenong panelbeater he took out a lease on a New Zealand greyhound called Kwik Metal.

Trained by Abbott, Kwik Metal won the final of the 1974 Melbourne Cup after overcoming a slow start and then unleashing a paralysing burst down the back straight.

In more recent times, he enjoyed a terrific run with one of his own breed in the city-winning White Arrow (Tina’s Jo x Cape Arrow) who was successful on 25 occasions. Later, another city winner was Manila Express who all told won 18 races.

Then there was the durable Black Spring, the 2019 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year. A winner of 24 races, by the time he retired after 136 starts he had won more than $37,000 in stakemoney.

And Abbott continues to look to the future. Together with Kerry Hawker he’s still rearing plenty of youngsters and breeding the odd litter or two.

While it’s close to 50 years since the last one, who knows, there might even be another Melbourne Cup winner waiting to be discovered over Edenhope way.

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