Glenreagh Rocket blasts to win in Charcoal Inn Casino Cup
GARRY Streatfield first became interested in greyhound racing while working in the navy - and now his ship has finally come in.
The 59-year-old saw his charge Glenreagh Rocket take the $31,000 484m Charcoal Inn Casino Cup.
Streatfield was bitten by the racing bug while visiting Sydney tracks as a young navy worker.
After seeing his two-year-old capture the $25,000 top prize in thrilling fashion, the Glenreagh trainer was in dreamland.
"This is the biggest win of my career," Streatfield, who has been training dogs for about 16 years, said.
"I never thought I would get a dog in a final like this, let alone win one.
"I'm over the moon."
A superb surge over the final 100m in Friday's race saw the $11.80 shot edge out rival and early leader Sassy Dior, trained by Junction Hill's James Madigan, for the triumph.
Glamour Row, trained by Stratheden's Peter Simpson, was third.
Streatfield, who also part owns the dog, said he was surprised to gain a win from box seven.
"I thought he could go well if he had box one or two, but I didn't have much hope when I saw the draw," he said.
"I went in pretty relaxed.
"I wasn't sure he'd won from the angle I was watching the race until people starting congratulating me.
"It was a great feeling."
Streatfield was a kids' football coach before moving into the greyhound training business.
"This seemed like a natural progression," he said.
"I like the training side of things and getting the dogs to the track. I love the animals as well.
"I haven't had a holiday in eight years - I have too many dogs."
Streatfield said a win for his dog, which now has 17 triumphs from 35 starts to his name, was extra special.
"He is a terrific dog," Streatfield said.
"He is very playful and does everything I ask of him.
Racing continues in the region at Lismore tomorrow night.