Accomplished breeder David Geall believes a small contributing factor assists in rearing winners.
While established greyhound breeders agree that a combination of quality bloodlines, a balanced diet, regular handling and the right amount of exercise is vital to achieving sustainable success, Geall says the way in which people handle their pups shouldn’t be underestimated.
“One of the things we don’t do, which is a little unorthodox and something I call a one percenter, is that we don’t put collars on our pups, but we teach our pups to walk on a lead and collar from the start as handling a 12 month old pup by a collar tends to spook them. Most pups don’t like being handled purely by a collar (without a lead), and it can lower their confidence and make it harder to break them in,” Geall said.
Geall and wife Rose breed one litter per year and, as well as reigning Topgun winner Up Hill Jill, have bred a number of talented greyhounds including group class pair Sir Charleton and Striker Klinsman, along with Newcastle Ranger, One Step Beyond, Nayla Swift and El Rio, the latter having 18 wins from 100 starts. Their latest exciting prospect is Up Hill Jill’s younger half brother, My Redeemer, who won the Cranbourne Vic Breeders final (520m) earlier this year and has also won at Wentworth Park (520m).
“The way we rear has come about from trial and error, and in 18 litters we’ve bred, 17 litters of pups have reached the race track and won,” Geall said.
Further articulating the Gealls’ success is the number of winners two of their current brood matrons have produced.
“Of the 24 Where’s Demonica’s pups that went to the breakers, 23 so far have won, while 27 out of 36 pups out of So Faithful have also won races,” Geall said.
The Lara couple have confidence in their rearing methods, which has helped to get a winning formula.