A handful of past and present North Melbourne footballers are trying their hand at greyhound racing after purchasing a greyhound named Petey Baqui.
Raced by the SilverFox Syndicate who is managed by North Melbourne defender Luke McDonald together with his father, former North Melbourne player Donald McDonald as well as Taylor Garner, Ben Jacobs and Carlton footballer Aaron Mullett.
“I have always enjoyed watching the greyhound races, and the opportunity came around to purchase a greyhound and we jumped at the opportunity,” Luke McDonald said.
Petey Baqui – who is named after the Kangaroos’ club doctor, has recorded one win in his three career starts for Lara training duo Jason and Jessica Sharp.
“Peter didn’t really know we were naming a greyhound after him, but I don’t think he minds – even his family have started tracking the dog to see how he is going. Peter is a bit of a cult figure around the club so we thought it was fitting to name our dog after him,” McDonald said.
Petey Baqui recorded his first win in his second start at Geelong in a GRV Vic Bred Maiden Semi Final paying a staggering $19.10 for the win.
WATCH: Petey Baqui win his Maiden from box eight at Geelong.
“The phone went crazy after his first win. It was really exciting to be a part of, but it was a shame we weren’t there to see him win.”
“Now we are hungry for more success with him.”
The SiverFox Syndicate hopefully won’t have to wait long to taste success with their son of Fabregas – Dyna Evy (bred by Jordan Cooper), who is jumping from box one in race seven tonight at Geelong.
“It is his first step up in distance, so it will be interesting to see how he goes. If his run in the VIC Bred Maiden Semi Final two starts back is anything to go by, I think he is in with a chance,” co-trainer Jason Sharp said of Petey Baqui’s chances tonight.
The seven other competitors in race seven tonight aren’t the only competition Petey Baqui has to worry about. The TAB has put on a Football Special between Petey Baqui and the Werribee Football Club owned Bees On Fire who is jumping from box one in race 10 at Geelong tonight.
PICTURED: From left, co-trainer Jason Sharp, Ben Jacobs, Luke McDonald, co-trainer Jessica Sharp, Aaron Mullett, Majak Daw, Taylor Garner, handler Jai Willoughby with Petey Baqui after finishing sixth in the GRV VIC Bred Maiden Final at Geelong.