Regan’s rookie run
Friday, 25th November, 2011
‘Son’ teaching new dog old tricks
By John Casey
Rookie greyhound trainer Regan Edgecumbe has battled a steep learning curve during his first 12 weeks at the caper, but the thrill of winning makes the early starts and all the effort worthwhile.
Edgecumbe, who has two dogs entered in tonight’s 10-event card at Newmarket Raceway, has already enjoyed his breakthrough success with Pad Up Son - one of tonight’s entries.
“That first win was a real thrill, not just for me, but for all the family,” Edgecumbe said with a smile, recalling Pad Up Son’s victory on September 24.
“There are plenty of good dogs and fast dogs here in Broken Hill and it is never easy to win a race because all the trainers are very competitive.
“But having said that, the trainers have all been very happy to help me out or answer questions that I might have,” he continued.
Pad Up Son began his racing career in Victoria and won his maiden race at Warragul, but the two-year-old was considered just short of city class and Edgecumbe decided to bring the dog to BH and become a trainer himself.
“I grew up around dogs and my Mum Pam would show greyhounds and Great Danes so I had a background to build my training on,” Edgecumbe explained.
“I’ve found it very contagious as a sport and there is a lot to learn as a trainer.
“Training greyhounds is a lot about maintaining routine and things need to be done precisely as rules stipulate a dog can only gain or lose one kilogram from race to race,” he added.
Last start Pad Up Son weighed in at 32.5-kilograms, which means the dog must be between 31.5 and 33.5kg tonight.
The latest addition to Edgecumbe’s kennel is Surf Thunder, who won at Bendigo in February.
“Like Pad Up Son he found the competition a bit tough in Victoria so I have decided to race him here in Broken Hill,” Edgecumbe said.
“I also have two other pups in Victoria who will be racing soon so, like I said, this sport can be contagious.
“Trainers consider that having a pair of dogs is better than just one because the greyhounds can have a settling effect on one another and perhaps help improve performance,” he added.
Both of Edgecumbe’s runners have drawn favourably in box three in their respective events at tonight’s meeting - which he believes gives them a good chance of putting themselves into the race.
But whether they can win is another matter.
“We all like to win, but realistically, in my position, I go to the track hoping to at least run in the placings and go from there,” he said.
“If the weather is good, Friday nights at Newmarket Raceway are a great social occasion that all the family can enjoy and if we finish with a win as well, then that is a bonus.”
Edgecumbe’s two children, seven-year-old Maisie and Noah (4), have formed a great relationship with the dogs, which is mutually beneficial according to Edgecumbe.
“Greyhounds make great pets - their nature is really like giants cats - and they interact very well with the kids.
“It was a golden moment when Pad Up Son won because Maisie and Noah got to have their photo taken with the dog on the track and you couldn’t wipe the smiles of their faces.
“They have set up a photo album and really look forward to going to the track,” Edgecumbe continued.
The BH Greyhound Racing Club will meet for the next four consecutive Friday night’s to wrap up the 2011 season, with Newmarket Raceway’s 2012 campaign commencing in March, just prior to the annual St Pat’s race meeting.
The Silver City Drilling Sprint (375m) is tonight’s feature event at 8.35pm with the Peter Hatzi-trained Supreme Son considered the hardest to beat from box one.
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