Tuesday, 17th May, 2016
By Michael Murphy
Greyhound trainer Peter Slater is still picking winners after 68 years around the track.
One of the latest dogs to join the Slater kennel - Mantel Peace - rocketed home from box one in the first race at the Newmarket Raceway on Saturday.
It was only his second run at the local track and his first career win from 17 starts.
Slater picked up the two-year-old from Adelaide about five weeks ago, and his first run in the Silver City was a fourth two weeks ago.
Slater has nominated the dog for another run at the local track this Saturday, and will take him to Port Augusta in two weeks’ time along with four other dogs.
“We’ll have a pretty good chance with a couple of them,” Slater said yesterday.
He said the pick of the bunch was Kiola Lachlan, a three-year-old he picked up at the same time as Mantel Peace.
From 76 starts, Kiola Lachlan has had three wins, 17 seconds and 14 thirds. His last race was a second at Port Augusta on May 7, while he won in Broken Hill two weeks ago.
Slater turns 82 this year, and says this might be his last year at the dogs, although his son Scott will keep the flag flying.
Slater is working nine dogs at moment, and says there’s a bit of friendly rivalry between him and his son.
He got involved in the sport when he was just 14.
“A mate of mine had a couple of dogs and he asked for a hand to walk them and I got the bug and I just kept going.”