Old Bonalbo trainer shoots for coveted greyhound race prize
AS an eager kid, Mathew Reid would dream of greyhound racing glory while helping trainer dad Dennis prepare his dogs.
Now he is chasing the sport's top prizes too - and he's in with a chance of landing a pretty big one.
The Old Bonalbo-based trainer has Miner's Moss going in this Friday's $40,000-to-the-winner Group 2 Black Top Final (515m), one of the most sought after crowns in NSW greyhound racing.
After following Dennis into the training game, Reid jnr said he was looking forward to having a crack at the prestigious title.
"This is all I ever wanted to do," he said. "Ever since I was a kid helping with the dogs, I knew I was going to do this.
"At first I was worried about following in my Dad's footsteps. I just thought I'll do my best.
"This is the biggest race for me (so far). I'm looking forward to experiencing the whole night and it would be wonderful if I can win.
"I'm sure dad will be tickled pink if I win (as well)."
Miner's Moss face some of NSW's best greyhounds in the final at Newcastle's Unibet Gardens track, but is a live chance.
The experienced chaser, who has 25 wins from 57 starts, has been impressive recently and was the fastest qualifier in last Friday's heats.
He defied the soggy conditions to bolt round in 29.43, relegating race rival Push it, a multiple winner at city tracks, into second spot.
Mathew had big shoes to follow in Dennis, whose achievements included winning the 1988 National Derby with Clover Chief, the 1989 Brisbane Cup with Golden Fox and the 1986 Association Cup with Clover Park.
Friday night's event, which jumps at 7.19pm, is the first leg of Greyhound Racing NSW's new Thank Dog It's Friday series.
The scheme will promote the best racing at regional tracks across the state and offers great prizes too.