23 year-old Beth Dapiran announced herself as one of the brightest young stars of greyhound racing at the weekend winning the Group 3 Summer Cup at Wentworth Park (720m) with Zipping Rory.
It was the first group win of Beth’s burgeoning career, with Zipping Rory defeating Zipping Maggie – who is trained by Beth’s father Peter – and Joane for Christine Proctor. The field also included Sweet It Is that is widely considered one of the best greyhounds in the country.
Dapiran of Seymour was overjoyed following the victory and still had a smile from ear to ear on Monday.
“It was an amazing feeling to win a group race, I think I’ll try and do that again!” she laughed
“I think I was in shock after the race, I had to try and convince myself that we had won.”
Dapiran – who has only been training greyhounds professionally for three years – says that winning a group race is one thing off her ‘to-do’ list in greyhound racing.
The ambitious and amiable young trainer has another immediate task to tackle first and that’s a Group 1 Sale Cup assignment with Zipping Rory. Beth also revealed lofty longer term goals she wants to achieve in the sport.
“We’re coming up to the Sale Cup, so winning that is my next goal with Zipping Rory.
“Winning a group race was definitely on my to-do list and my longer term goals would be to win a trainer’s premiership or even make the hall of fame.”
Beth attributes her success to the help of her father Peter who she ‘idolises’.
“Checking greyhounds (for soreness or injury) is so important in greyhound racing and Dad is one of the best in the business.
“He is the person I look up to in the sport. He is so good at looking over the dogs and knows all those little intricacies of greyhound racing that set the good trainers apart.”
Zipping Rory won the Group 3 Summer Cup in a time of 42.080 secs in what was the first group victory of the greyhound’s career.
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