Five starts over the 400m trip at the Gawler track, has yielded promising greyhound Black Kruger a perfect record of five wins.

Running in the Free For All event, Black Kruger was away well from box 8, to sweep across the field and open up an early race winning gap of four lengths. Stir Crazy (2) was away with his customary slow start, but was able to settle into second place. Despite Stir Crazy making every effort, he was unable to make up any ground on Black Kruger, who was travelling along nicely in the lead. Black Kruger crossed the line nearly four lengths ahead of Stir Crazy, trained by Mike Wittholz of Lewiston, with Bradley Tyson (4) for Tony Lagana of Gawler.

Black Kruger ran an impressive personal best time of 22.56 secs for trainer Paul Bodsworth of Rhynie, IN THE Clare Valley. Paul trains the black and white dog for owner Bronwyn Welsh of Mildura, and has been in Paul’s care for all the starts at Gawler, after a previous stint in Victoria, with victories at Warrnambool and Ballarat. After receiving an injury in Victoria, Black Kruger made its first appearance for Paul at Gawler, its first start back in SA.

Although Black Kruger seems to have a liking for the 400m journey at Gawler, Paul will now give him a look at the Murray Bridge track, and if he can run a strong 400m race there, he will then contest the 500m distance at Angle Park. Paul likes to give Black Kruger roadwork every day as part of his training, but said the dog requires constant care with niggling injuries.

Black Kruger has an impressive record of ten wins, and four placings from just 20 starts. I recently reported on the exploits of Golden Kruger, which has also performed well, and is a littermate of Black Kruger. Also owned by Bronwyn Walsh, Golden Kruger is off the scene at the moment, but has won 7 races from 15 starts, so she has a promising pair of runners.

Paul only has a small team of racing greyhounds, so he is enjoying this success with the pair of “Krugers”. He particularly likes the rearing aspect of greyhounds, and with over 35 years in the sport, he still loves it. Training a greyhound with a perfect score makes it a lot more enjoyable.

Gawler races every Friday and Tuesday afternoon, but the hot weather returning, please check for any alterations to the racing schedule, as the times can change at short notice.

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