Veteran greyhound Bojack Khan has turned his fortunes around with a recent purple patch of form, despite being just two months shy of his fifth birthday.
On November 23 the fawn sprinter headed to Bendigo for his 100th race start, in a Grade 5 Tier 3 event, but he was without a win for 18 weeks and no placings in his previous nine starts.
However, the Sheila Donlon-trained greyhound lifted for the occasion, coming from behind to score his 13th career victory and paying $6.60. He has since made it a hat-track of wins and his career has been revitalised.
Although delighted with Bojack Khan’s form reversal, Sheila wasn’t totally surprised.
“He had a corn on his toe which was bothering him and it took a while to go away. But we kept treating it and got it down to next to nothing and now he is back to his best winning three in a row,” the trainer from Burnbank in western Victoria said.
“He loves to race. Once he’s anywhere near the starting boxes he comes to life.”
“He loves to race. He’s been doing it for so long that he sometimes can’t be bothered getting weighed and going over the vet’s table before a race, but once he’s anywhere near the starting boxes he comes to life. He’s really determined and just wants to get to the front and win.”
While so often competing against greyhounds with far less experience than himself, Bojack Khan’s 100th race was one of particular note, with the eight starters having had a combined 651 starts.
Runner-up was Oaklands, who was having his 119th race, while Jack’s Prince (111 starts) and Cosmic Pauly (93 starts) were others in the race with significant experience.
The eight runners had a combined average of 81 starts and $15,500 in prize money.
It’s a credit to owners and trainers whose race dogs endure lengthy racing careers, as greyhounds racing for longer leads to fewer needing to be re-homed.WATCH: Bojack Khan wins his 100th start, which triggered a hat-trick of victories.
PICTURED TOP: Bojack Khan winning at Bendigo in July, and afterwards with trainer Sheila Donlon. Photos courtesy Leo Dahl.