The football season may be over for Western Bulldogs star Stewart Crameri, but he has traded one kennel for another with his attention now turning to greyhound racing.
Crameri and former Essendon team-mate Michael Hurley own Disco Rain, a talented greyhound trained by Ian Garland that produced a stunning debut run at Horsham last night.
Disco Rain romped to an 11 length win in a heat of the Vic Breeders at Horsham over 410m running a time of 23.250 which was some five lengths faster than any other greyhound on the day.
Crameri says that he was a little nervous before the race but knew the greyhound had a bit of talent because of his long standing friendship with Garland.
“I went down to the Beach Hotel to watch it last night and was actually a little bit nervous before the race,” Crameri said on Wednesday.
“I’ve known Ian for a long time and he said that this greyhound had a fair bit of ability but to see him produce it on the track was amazing.
“I watched him trial at The Meadows a couple of times and may even get out to Horsham to watch him run next week if I can.”
Crameri, who played 22 games for the Bulldogs this year after playing 57 games at Essendon, said the name Disco Rain is derived from his own nickname.
“The boys call me Disco because of Disco Stu from the Simpsons and Ian thought it would be a good name to have for my greyhounds too.
“Hopefully I can start a little bit of a dynasty and have more Disco’s running around in the future, Ian says having the dogs named Disco reminds him of his life back in the heyday,” he laughed.
Disco Rain will run in a semi-final of the Horsham Vic Breeders next Tuesday afternoon and Crameri may make the trip down to the popular track.
WATCH: Disco Rain dominant on debut
PIC: Ian Garland and Disco Rain at Horsham
INSET: Western Bulldogs star Stewart Crameri – source: Twitter