It was light, camera, action for veteran racer Showtime Mystery and her trainer Kristie Collyer on Sunday at Benella in the Stilo & Sons’ Maiden event.
88 starts into a career which spans from Mandurah, Western Australia to Shepparton. Showtime Mystery has claimed victory on 17 occasions on circle tracks and 20 minor placings.
After getting knocked around her past few starts, Collyer decided that Showtime Mystery, also known as Bree, needed a confidence run in the coursing circuit.
“She is an older dog who is low in confidence at the moment,” Collyer said.
“Because coursing is a two dog hit out, it is a great way to build confidence.”
Collyer is no stranger to the coursing circuit, in 2009 she trained Voodoo Oak to a Waterloo Cup victory (pictured below) – the Melbourne Cup of coursing.
“Coursing provides great fitness for the dogs. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere too, it’s a good environment for young dogs to experience the process of a race day.”
For Collyer there was no difference in preparing Bree for her second stint coursing.
“I have kept her in the same routine, I think it is important to do so.”
Bree’s next start will mostly likely be at Shepparton, but after her performance during her courses at Benella, Collyer will be on the look out for other coursing events to enter her veteran star.
Coursing will head to Lang Lang on Sunday April 30, for more information on the events during the meeting CLICK HERE.
For more information on Coursing, log into their website http://www.ncavictoria.com/