Breeder and owner Judi Hurley, usually trains her own greyhounds, but on Tuesday at Gawler, it was another trainer that led in a winner for her.
In the first maiden on the program over the 400m journey, Emerley Giggler showed good early pace to cross the field from box 8 and take the lead. Mid race, Emerley Giggler was able to open up a handy break of 3 lengths over Hope Of Joy (1) and No Lights (5). While the other runners did make up some ground, Emerley Giggler was not challenged, going on to win by over a length in a good maiden time of 23.04 secs. Second went to Hope Of Joy trained by Cameron Butcher of Meningie, and No Lights finished in third place for Mike Wittholz of Lewiston.
Lewiston trainer Robyn Mackellar has recently taken on the training duties of Emerley Giggler and her litter mate Emerley Nolen. This has taken some of the pressure of Judi, who has her hands full at her greyhound complex at Two Wells. Robyn, who has enjoyed great success as the trainer of the exceptional greyhound Fabregal, was happy to help out, as she said that Giggler had been very well educated and after a couple of trials, was race ready. And why the name “Giggler”? That came about because the brindle female is “super happy” and does not stop wagging her tail, reported Robyn. With a total of 15 greyhounds in her kennel, Robyn is now at full stretch herself, but an extremely happy greyhound that can run good times is hard not to like. While Judi has reduced her training commitments, she has no intention to hang up the leads just yet, and has retained some of the older greyhounds in her care.
Gawler races every Tuesday and Sunday twilight, and even with the current cold weather, you can enjoy good racing, and an excellent meal in our facility.
Robyn Mackellar with Emerley Giggler
Photos courtesy of Arclight Photography