Some greyhound owners are lucky enough to hit the jackpot with their very first race dog.
That is certainly the case with Melbourne’s Kim Edgar, who purchased a greyhound pup for $8,000 from leading Victorian breeder, Brian Parkinson. That pup has turn out to be top class sprinter, Kayda Shae (whom Kim is pictured with above).
Kayda Shae made his debut in March 2015, and within two months he had made his first group final, running fourth to Ronray Spirit in the Warrnambool Cup.
The Brett Bravo-trained Kayda Shae is now a regular on the group racing scene, and he received a wonderful accolade when selected to run in Australia’s richest invitational greyhound race, the $224,500 Group 1 Topgun at The Meadows in October.
He ran a sensational race that night, finishing a close second to the seemingly invincible Fernando Bale.
“When KAYDA SHAE retires he’ll definitely be coming to live with us. He’s part of our family” – KIM EDGAR
“My friends and family are crazy about Kayda Shae,” Kim said.
“In the lead-up to race days we’ll get notified by Kelly and Brett about the race that’s coming up. Emails go out throughout the family and we organise who’s going to be there to support Kayda Shae. We’ve become a little community and like a fan club. We’ve had so much fun.”
Kayda Shae is expected to continue racing at the elite level in 2016 and beyond, and when the day comes that he retires from the racetrack he has a home waiting.
“When Kayda Shae retires he’ll definitely be coming to live with us. He’s part of our family,” Kim said.
This is an excellent example of a person taking responsibility for her greyhound during its whole life, which is exactly what owning a greyhound pup or race dog needs to be.