Greyhounds "are like my children", says trainer
FOR Sharyn Madigan, greyhounds are not pets or money-making machines - they mean much more to her than that.
"They are like my children," she said. "They all have their own personalities and they are all different.
"When you are with the dogs, you see how they grow and how they are so loving.
"It is great to see."
A strong showing in last Friday's heats saw the three-year-old, which has a notable 20 wins from 44 starts, secure a shot at the $25,000 top prize in the cup.
The pair have been breeding, owning and training dogs for about 20 years and are regular faces at Lismore and Casino meetings.
Madigan said the couple, who are based in Junction Hill, have become accustomed to the highs and lows of the sport.
"You will have your bad trots and your good trots," she said.
"You might go months without a winner and be scratching your head thinking, 'What can I do differently?'
"It's an up and down sport. You just battle on.
"Even if you only win one now and then, it is worth it for the excitement of it all."
Madigan said she also enjoyed the greyhound racing community.
"A bloke came up to us last Friday and said, 'I love your dog'," she said.
"He is really only a passing friend, but every time Sassy Dior wins he buys James a beer.
"The punters all have their favourites and the ones they follow."
Last Friday's victory was a fifth win in seven visits to the Queen Elizabeth track for the bitch.
Although at the time of writing the box draw for Friday's race was yet to be revealed, Madigan said punters should keep an eye on her campaigner.
"I would say, 'Back her with confidence,'" she said. "She will give her best and you can't ask for more than that."
The couple have one of their other dogs, Sweet Chantilly, going in the $1645 420m Wal Murray Lismore Stakes at tonight's latest Lismore meeting.
Although an inconsistent performer, the three-year-old should be a useful bet.
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.40pm.
- PHANTOM DOTTIE (Box Four, Race Five): A consistent performer in recent week at the track. Only a couple of wins to her name but should be the standout here.
- DULCIE DEE (Box Seven, Race Seven): Highly promising campaigner. Up against some solid performers tonight but seems to have some class.
- LADY JASMIN (Box Seven, Race Six): First outing at 520m but has a formidable early career record.