Passionate greyhound owner David Manson is delighted with GRV’s Red Dog Run initiative, describing it as “a great idea”.
Manson, a part-owner in two greyhounds purchased at GRV’s Ready 2 Race Sales including Crocmedia’s very own recently retired star Waterfront, is also a member of his local RSL in Traralgon.
Manson joined the RSL nearly 10 years ago and said it is a great way to be part of the local community.
“I live in the town and joined for more of a social aspect,” he said.
Last year David and his wife travelled to Europe where they visited the Western Front in France and Belgium including Villers-Bretonneux in France, one of the biggest War memorials overseas dedicated to Australian Soldiers. Mr Manson said he was able to find his great uncle’s grave stone.
His RSL involvement had led Manson to having a deep appreciation for the Red Dog Run campaign, which sees Greyhound Racing Victoria donate $250 to the 2016 Anzac Appeal every time a greyhound wearing the red number one rug wins a race in Victoria between April 19-25.
Manson’s involvement in greyhound racing began at GRV’s 2014 Ready 2 Race Sales at Bendigo where he came to own two greyhounds purchased at auction on the day, Waterfront and Asher Road.
Waterfront in particular, a greyhound trained by Dawn Johnston, has given Manson plenty of joy on the back of 53 race starts including 10 wins, 15 placings and more than $21,000 in prize money earnings.
“He has been racing all around Gippsland, and living in Traralgon was able to go and see a few of his races,” he said. “It’s been great fun to go and watch him.”