Years involved in industry: 50
- Breeder of Group 1 National Distance Championship winner – 4 times
- Breeder of 1970 Hobart 1000 winner
- Breeder of Group 1 Sandown Cup winner – 2 times
- Breeder of Age Classic (Silver Chief, National Derby, Laurels) – 5 times
- Breeder of Coursing Classic (Oaks, Derby, St. Leger) – 5 times
Iconic greyhound breeder Rod Deakin was born in Finley, New South Wales, on July 18, 1924. During his teenage years, Deakin worked at the local SPC canned fruit processing plant and as a thoroughbred strapper before venturing into greyhound racing. Deakin was also a top country footballer. He played for Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley Football League and also received an invitation to try out for then VFL club Geelong before chronic knee problems ended a promising career.
In the late 1940s, Deakin and his parents shifted to Noble Park, and a few years later he established a five-acre property in Keysborough.
At the peak of his greyhound breeding powers he had more than 100 greyhounds on the complex. Deakin considered greyhound breeding an art and a science. His breeding philosophy was to select his best race-performed brood matron and breed with her before she turned two years of age. He would then repeat the process a few more times from that dam line, with a futuristic theory of producing pups around eight years ahead of their time.
“It is no good breeding from an ordinary performed sire and dam and hoping for the progeny to be six to eight lengths better than the parents as this just doesn’t happen,” Deakin once said.
From the 1960s through to the 1980s in particular, Deakin bred, reared or raced a myriad of top class greyhounds including Plunder Road, Corcoran, Landena, Fawn Scout, Jefferson, Citizen Band, Tegimi, Sargood, Wonoka, Crete, Titus, Incus, Varley, Bolta’s Gift, Plunderola, Balkan Chief, World Acclaim, Rod’s Advice, Supplier, Tesoro Mio and Stetson.