Mudgee greyhound trainer Robert Milne has become a consistent performer in the sport in Mudgee even though he has only been training dogs for about two years.
At Mudgee on Sunday Milne again produced a winner when Chloe Milne bounce out of the three box to race away and score easily by 5.75 lengths over 434 metres.
In winning the Fifth Grade race Chloe Milne recorded a smart 24.90 seconds, the second fastest time for the distance on the day and a time that was only beaten in the Non Graded race by five time winner Val Opal.
The win was the fourth from 17 starts for Chloe Milne and she also became the most prolific winner for the trainer in his short career.
“I have three from the same litter as Chloe Milne and they have all done well for me,” Milne said.
“She may not be the best of them as she has not won at TAB tracks and one of the litter has managed to do that and in fact that dog’s only two wins have been at TAB meetings.”
Milne was one of three local trainers to lead in winners at Mudgee yesterday.
The first local winner was Jungle Girl who won a mixed grade 434 metres race by a handy 5.25 lengths for Hargraves trainer Alf Vella.
The other local winner was Kokoda Quig who resumed from an enforced rest because of a broken toe to win over 311 metres.
Trainer Barbara Montefiore said she had not been able to give the black bitch more than a couple of runs down the 100 metres Mudgee straight in the lead up to Sunday’s race.
“I had to start her at the shorter distance because I have not been able to give her the work but she did a good job to stick on and win today,” Montefiore said.
“There is no doubt she will be improved by the run and as she regains fitness will be at her best over the longer 434 metres and maybe over 530 metres.”
On the day steward Craig Easey took swabs from three winning greyounds – two were at random while the third was by winning trainer’s draw after the race.
Easey said it had been a good day but said that a number of trainers had complained about the grading of dogs for the day’s racing.
“They leave it until they get to the track on race day to complain,” Easey said.
“What trainers should be doing is making their complaint the day they are graded rather than leaving it until race day when nothing can be changed.”
Courtesy : Don Mahoney, Mudgee Guardian