SIGHT SET ON FUTURE
An owner and trainer who has recently transitioned from the show dog world, produced a winner at Gawler on Friday afternoon.
That win came in race 4, a 400m event for Grade 6 greyhounds, which saw Penny Change from box 3 take the early lead. However half way down the back straight, Rotor Blade, one of the reserve runners, starting from box 2, zipped through along the rails to take up the running, clearing the field by a couple of lengths. However, breaking from the pack, Got My Way (8) put in a challenge and took the lead on the home turn, to win comfortably by 2 ½ lengths in the time of 23.30 secs. Penny Change was second for Kim Johnstone of Two Wells, with Rotor Blade third placed for Michaela Pidgeon of Owen.
The winning owner/trainer was Daniella Madalinski, who works as the practice manager at the Angle Park vet clinic. Daniella loves all sighthound breeds, and has been previously involved with Borzois and Italian greyhounds, and competing in in the Show Dog circuit. Through her work, Daniella has developed a love for greyhounds, and obtained her trainer’s licence in December 2018.
She was impressed with the progeny of Irish sire Kinloch Brae, liking their look and temperament, so Daniella has made that a criteria when selecting her racing stock, which includes Got My Way. The black dog was purchased locally dog by Daniella when it was 14 month old, and has now won three races and had five placings from twelve career starts. Based at Freeling, Daniella currently has four racing dogs in her care in SA, three in Queensland, and four pups. She has made the judgement that it is best to breed your own stock, and has therefore acquired three breeding females, and she is looking forward to whelping the first litter, due in June.
Evanston Gardens trainer Rosa Panagiotou had a big day out when two of her small team, Outbreak Girl and Select Mick, were both successful. That was a great strike rate as Rosa only had the two greyhounds engaged for the day.
Racing at Gawler on a Friday now moves to a regular later timeslot, with the first race at approximately 2pm, and finishing at 5pm, with the time of the Tuesday afternoon meetings remains unchanged this week.