Love The City lights up The Meadows for Pell
Tooleen greyhound trainer Daniel Pell notched up the highlight of his greyhound training career at The Meadows on Saturday night, training a Group 3 winner.
The 45-year-old, who has 18 greyhounds in work, drove to the track reasonably confident with two Group contenders, Red Reactor and Love The City, and it was the latter that scored the win in 30.08 over the 525m journey.
“I thought they were very good each-way chances,” Pell said.
It was a big class rise for the little 24kg pocket rocket, but she stormed home from box no.3 after settling fourth at the half-way mark of the race.
The daughter of Fernando Bale x Subconscious made it win number four from just 11 starts and earning the Pell family $32,750 in prizemoney.
At the young age of 24 months, the black bitch looks to have more improvement yet and may even get further ground in the coming months.
Not to be outdone, Red Reactor, a brother of Love The City, also charged home late, just going down by 1.2 lengths behind the Jason Thompson-trained Plaintiff.
The 32kg fawn dog was only having his third career start and has already taken his career earnings to just shy of $10,000.
Pell said weekly routines are similar to most and he was just happy to see the dogs race in sound condition.
“Our training probably doesn't vary from most out there,” he said.
“We keep it pretty simple. We feed them well and make sure we keep them fit. We regularly gallop them and get them checked regularly as well.”
The feeling when your greyhound crosses the post in first place is a thrill wherever it be, but the feeling of winning a group race must get the heart pumping and the blood flowing.
“It was an unbelievable experience and just a great feeling,” Pell said.
“Greyhound training is great if you enjoy what you are doing.”
And what's next for these two up and comers, The Launching Pad is on the horizon.
Asked whether he would keep the same training regime going for the consistent pair now that bigger races are on the agenda, the in-form trainer said that “everything will stay the same”.
“We will organise some trials ahead of the Launching Pad and hope for smooth sailing from there.”
The Launching Pad heats will take place on March 31 at Sandown Park.