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Aston Dee Bee retires

Only a handful of greyhounds hold an honour sheet like this one; the 2018 Group 2 Warragul Cup, 2018 Group 3 Shootout, 2017 Group 2 Ballarat Cup and the biggest race of them all the 2017 TAB Group 1 Melbourne Cup – we are of course talking about Aston Dee Bee who has both fortunately and unfortunately called it a day on the racetrack.

The son of Barcia Bale and Aston Elle had 65 starts for 35 wins and 16 minor placings earning $809,185 in prize money – making him the Australian greyhound racing’s sixth highest all-time prize money earner.

Aston Dee Bee dropped his back muscle at Sale on Sunday after returning from a 17-day break.

“He had a few niggling injuries, but he was flying before his run at Sale – his two trials heading into his return were blistering,” Owner and breeder Ray Borda said.

And now the good news – Aston Dee Bee will be held at stud by the Thompsons from mid-July for a starting price of $2,200.

“There are going to be a lot of Fernando Bale bitches around and I think he will suit them because he can add size.”

Aston Dee Bee weighs in around the 36-kilo mark with a long, strong and lengthy frame to match but most importantly Aston Dee Bee has chase – and a lot of it.

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PICTURED: Aston Dee Bee stretching out in the Ballarat Cup. 

“He will chase anything but saying that he is a calm greyhound – cool as a cucumber,” Borda said.

Borda described Aston Dee Bee as being like American Basketball star LeBron James – tall athletic and extremely cool.

“The Thompsons have told me that when he retired from stud they want to keep him as a pet – I think this is a testament to Aston Dee Bee’s temperament – the Thompsons have had hundreds of star greyhounds through their kennels, but they chose Aston Dee Bee.”

Borda said from the day the Barcia Bale and Aston Elle litter where born they were beautiful pups – big, strong and healthy.

“Ben Howe who rears my pups said they where the most athletic litter he had seen. The litter cost him a lot of squeakers because they were so keen,” Borda said.

Aston Dee Bee raced for 12 consecutive months in top company and Borda believes it says a lot about his durability.

“He is a tough dog.”

One of the greatest testaments for a stud dog is when the owner, breeder or trainer use their own stud dog and Borda is counting down the hours before he can use Aston Dee Bee on one of his eight suitable brood matrons.

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Aston Dee Bee
April 2015
Barcia Bale x Aston Elle
Stud fee – $2,200
Contact – Seona Thompson on mobile 0437 354 256 or email awesomelodge@bigpond.com
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Molly Haines
About Molly Haines - Communication Assistant at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 16 years of experience working with greyhounds in all capacities.
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