Shoe Laces Lady shows way
IF ANYONE knows what dedication is, it is Lesley Green.
The Blue Knob owner/trainer, who has Shoe Laces Lady in action in the big race at tonight's latest Lismore racing, has been involved in greyhounds for more than 40 years.
She only has a couple of racing dogs on her books at the moment but said retirement could wait a while yet.
"I'll be doing it until they throw the last bit of dirt on me," she said.
"I don't know anything else to do, really.
"I love working with animals. They don't answer back and they don't tell you what to do.
"It's peaceful working with them - well, most of the time.
"I could drive to the ends of the earth (with my dogs)."
Green was introduced to the sport as a child by her father, a keen greyhounds fan.
She has enjoyed winners at some of the country's biggest venues and said she still enjoyed the buzz of victories.
"Whether you win a race at Lismore or a bigger venue like Wentworth Park, it doesn't make a difference," she said. "You still get a kick out of it.
"You might get more money from a big race but the elation is still there.
"I've made a lot of friends and there's lots of good people involved (in greyhounds)."
Green said she was hopeful of another victory for her two-year-old charge in tonight's $2415 635m Cosmic Rumble @ Stud Stakes at the Colemans Point track.
The bitch has made the podium in each of her last six starts, winning four of them.
That run of form includes a victory in good company at Wentworth Park and a second-place in the $17,250 Newcastle Cup at The Gardens earlier this month.
"Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.43pm.
TURNER'S TIP FOR LISMORE
Road Warrior (box seven, race two): In solid recent form and is a consistent performer at this level.
Elvee Express (box four, race three): Going at 420m level for the first time but should have too much speed for the rest.
Pure Imagery (box four, race seven): Tough to pick a winner from a handy field but this one gets the nod. Multiple winner at this level and has picked up again in recent weeks.