As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on the career of elite greyhound sprinter, Keybow, who retired from the track last October on Sky Racing Topgun night at The Meadows.
After starting his career in NSW before moving to Victoria and then Queensland, Keybow had 57 starts for 27 wins, 16 placings and $581,000 in prize money.
“We wanted him to go out in a big way and there’s no better way that the Topgun. To go out in your last race on the biggest stage there is, it’s like winning a grand final,” said trainer Tony Brett.
“He has now got a stud career in Sydney and he’ll be spending his days on a couch at his owner’s (Kelvin Lean) place. It will be very relaxing for him from here on in. It’s a nice way to spend your life.”
Lean, who is based in NSW, was bitter sweet about his star’s retirement just shy of his fourth birthday.
“I’ll probably never get another dog like this,” Lean said. “I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve had racing him, so (in one way) it’s sad now that he is going to be retired. But he’ll come and live in my backyard and the kids will love him. He’ll be treated like a champion, the same way he raced, so it will be great. I can’t wait.”