DARYL Brennan reckons patience is a virtue in life, but particularly so when it comes to racing greyhounds for a living.
The Ross Creek-based trainer, pictured above (right) with twin brother (and training partner) Colin, has been on a hot streak of form in 2015 – with a number of winners around Victoria’s west.
This came to fruition at Warrnambool on October 22, when the Brennan kennels snatched a double from tough fields – with Denya and Koch notched victories over their speciality short trip of 390 metres.
But Denya and Koch are just two of the many talented sprinters in the kennel – with star chasers Cogitate and Due Process headlining a star outfit just south of Ballarat.
“At the moment most of our team are 400 metre dogs, based on their breeding. There are a few that will get to 450m and there are obviously a couple in the breed that can hit 500m,” he said.
“When you’ve whelped a litter down, you’ve reared them, you’ve broken them in and you’ve pre-trained them, you do get a lot of fulfilment out of it” – DARYL BRENNAN
“We race what we breed and obviously if they can’t run out the 500m, we race them where they can win. We try hard to place them right – that’s probably the biggest thing we do with them.”
Daryl, 42, says that a meticulous and patient nature when it comes to caring and working with greyhounds is paramount – and with 24 years experience and a couple of group winners to their name, it’s hard advice to ignore.
“When you’ve whelped a litter down, you’ve reared them, you’ve broken them in and you’ve pre-trained them, you do get a lot of fulfilment out of it,” he said.
“We won a city race with Cogitate a few weeks ago, and the thrill was great… It’s very expensive to do everything yourself, from breeding right through – but to date, the dogs have paid back what we’ve put in and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Brennan twins also run a plastering business together, but are hopeful they can one day come across a few more city winners to allow them to focus all their working energy on training greyhounds.
Watch: Koch wins spectacularly at Warrnambool last week.
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