A moment to forget quickly turned into a day to remember for young greyhound trainer Jessie Fothergill at Geelong on Tuesday.
21-year-old Fothergill (pictured right), from Heathcote, couldn’t believe her luck when the first of her six greyhounds engaged at the meeting, Hot Pedro led by four lengths in Race 4 until an errant plastic bag blew into his pathway.
This caused him to hurdle the flying object, lose momentum and finish at the tail of the field.
As such Stewards declared the event a ‘No Race’, leaving Fothergill thinking may have embarked on the four hour round journey for nothing.
“He doesn’t usually hit the front so early in his races and he’s very strong so I was feeling confident…but then I spotted the bag.”
“I thought he was going to win. He doesn’t usually hit the front so early in his races and he’s very strong so I was feeling confident…but then I spotted the bag,” said Fothergill.
How quickly her fortunes turned around, however. Fothergill went on to win Race 5 with rank outsider Volta Allen ($15.70). She then trained the Quinella in Race 6 with Cosmic Shex ($2.90Fav) and Neliel Bale, and completed the day by winning Race 11 with Cowboy Jury ($6.60), which gave her a treble.
“I must’ve had some help from somewhere, maybe a bit of karma. I love greyhound racing, I love my dogs and it’s great when the hard work pays off,” she said.
WATCH: Hot Pedro leads his rivals a merry dance until a plastic bag creates a distraction.