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When you’re on a good thing . . .
Thursday, December 1, 2016
There’s a long-held theory in greyhound folklore that when it comes to repeat matings the odds of the litter resulting in something special is minimal.
So, regardless of how good a first mating may have been, some breeders refuse to take their dam back to the same sire.
Even Paul Wheeler, one of Australia’s most successful breeders, has been quoted as saying that in general he was not a big fan of repeat matings.
But there are enough statistics, and plenty of examples to suggest that repeat matings do indeed work.
Back in November 2014 when Apsley breeder Tom Cryer’s bitch Cryer’s Midget came on season for a second time he didn’t have too many issues about going back to Spring Gun.
After all, February 2013 whelping Cryer’s Fred had kicked off his racing career in fine style, winning seven races by the time his dam was ready to be mated again.
Cryer always reckoned that Cryer’s Bob was the pick of the second litter – whelped in January 2015.
The brindle dog was to make his debut at Tara Raceway on October 14 but in somewhat unusual circumstances was scratched at the track prior to racing due to a nondescript cough.
Cryer’s Bob received a 10-day suspension however a nonplussed Cryer was able to have it reduced to seven days with the dog subsequently winning on debut over 512 metres at the next meeting.
He won again three starts later before really drawing attention to himself in last Friday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
Stepping up to grade five company at only his sixth race start, Cryer’s Bob chased early leader Jasmine Lilly down the back straight before finishing too strongly for that greyhound in a best of day time of 30.37 seconds.
Such was the effort that some track regulars have predicted he could well become the next Cryer’s Fred – a fair call considering that the older brother has now won 33 races.
Two other members of the second litter will race at Tara Raceway on Sunday – Cryer’s Plugger in the Gambier Vets Maiden final (512 m) and Cryer’s Sid in the Metal Worx Maiden final (400 m).
Cryer’s Plugger was having only his second start in last Friday’s heat and should be improved on his half length second behind Mummy’s OK while Cryer’s Sid looks well drawn in the eight after having led all the way from that box in a heat last Friday.
And the last word on repeat matings probably has to go to Irishman Declan Murphy who posted on Greyhound-Data: “Anyone who thinks that a repeat mating is not right is either the eldest or an only child.”