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Lucky reaching for the stars

Lucky doesn’t even begin to describe the life up-and-coming-greyhound Acrostar (pictured above after his win at Warragul) has led.

He is now a winner of two races from five starts, but it has been a turbulent flight for Acrostar, who is named after a handmade Jet – fell very ill as a pup and had to spend four night in the vets.

“When he was 12 months old Lucky (Acrostar) collapsed in the rearing yard on a hot day so we cooled him down and rushed him to the vet,” owner Paul Bonner said.

Bonner thought it was only fitting to name his son of Lochinvar Marlow and Flame Top – Lucky.

Luck was set to kick in again; during the education process Lucky and his four siblings, who Bonner purchased for a mere $2,000, failed to reach a standard suitable for racing which the breakers suggested would see them destined for a life of retirement.

Not wanting give up on them Bonner persevered, hoping for the penny to drop with his five young pups.

“I still have all five of them and I am pretty happy about it because they are all ready to race.”

At the moment Acrostar is setting the standard for his litter siblings with his two impressive wins at both Warragul and Sale.
“He is getting better and better with every start he is having.” Bonner said.

WATCH: Acrostar in his maiden victory from box seven at Warragul.

His two victories have seen him record best of the night times; stopping the clock at 22.78sec over the 400m at Warragul (12 lengths off Aston Bolero’s track record) and 24.99sec over the 440m at Sale (11.5 lengths off Aston Bolero’s track record).

Acrostar was also within 4.5 lengths of speeders It’s All Talk’s first sectional record at Warragul.

WATCH: Acrostar in his second consecutive victory from box two at Sale.

“He has plenty of early toe but the great thing is he is able to finish off the race strong. He will be running over 500 in no time,” Bonner said.

“He has trialled quicker on his own but his trainer Peter Schofield has big wraps on him.”

In just five starts, Acrostar is already showing a similar racing manner to Country Cup champion Aston Bolero because of his blistering early speed.

“I would more than happy if Acrostar turned out to be half the dog of Aston Bolero,” Bonner said.

Paul Bonner has been involved in greyhound racing for more than 30 years and although he has never experienced the thrill of group racing he is one of the lucky ones to have owned city class greyhounds.

Bonner also prides himself on rehoming his greyhounds, believing they are not only athletes but just as easily master the art of retirement too.


Acrostar and trainer Peter Schofield



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About Molly Haines - Communication Assistant at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 16 years of experience working with greyhounds in all capacities.
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