Breeding: SIRE: Fuji Flame DAM: Goodness Me
Whelped : July 1967
Trainer : Arnold Porter
Owners : Mick Fox
Career Race Record : 40 starts, 23 wins, 13 placings
Career Prizemoney : Unknown
- Winner 1970 Olympic Park Hurdle Championship
- Winner of 19 Metropolitan Hurdle Races
- Warragul 430m Hurdle Track record Holder
- Winner Sandown Park hurdle (0 yards) October 22, 1970
Forty years ago greyhound racing regularly drew huge crowds to the track, with hurdling a common and spectacular element of the sport. When it came to hurdle racing, a greyhound named Odearo stood head and shoulders above the rest. So dominant was Odearo that he is regarded as the best hurdler of all time. ”He had an enormous leap. He’d jump so low and so long that he’d out jump every dog he came up against”, trainer Arnold Porter recalled recently.
In Odearo’s era [1969-71] the masses would head to Olympic Park on Monday nights and Sandown Park on Thursday nights to catch the racing action and to try their luck with the 80+ bookmakers that lined the respective betting rings. On their way into the tracks, some were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Odearo, who had pop star following. ”His looks were distinctive. He had a brindle and white head which he’d poke out the rear car window when we’d drive to the races and a lot of people in the streets would recognise him and ask ‘is that Odearo?’”, Porter remembered fondly.
Porter trained greyhounds from a house block in Frankston, and it didn’t take long for word to spread that a champion canine lived in the neighborhood. ”A lot of people we didn’t even know would come to our place to visit him including a lot of kids. He was like a household pet. He roamed our backyard and was a big loveable sook”, Porter said with a grin.
On the racetrack however, it was nothing but business for Odearo, as he amassed 40 starts for 23 wins and 13 placings, finishing unplaced just four times in his career. Among his wins was an incredible 19 victories in hurdle races in the city. ”His greatest win was at Olympic Park when he won the Hurdles Championship, which was the premier hurdles race on the racing calendar”, Porter said.