224 start veteran Oaklands has retired and unlike many, he doesn’t have a single grey hair to show his age.
Owned and trained by Gary Edwards in Broadford for every single one of his 224 starts, which included 31 wins and 75 minor placings.
Described as remarkable and enduing by Gary and wife Rae, I don’t think they are far off the mark. He may not have had his name alongside group race glory, but he did provide happiness and intrigue among the greyhound racing community.
“You would be amazed how many people ask after him,” Gary Edwards said.
“His last few runs where he has tumbled, we have had phone calls from people asking if he is okay.”
The son of Oaks Road and Lil’ Bit Cool retired due to a back-muscle injury last week.
“He may be nearly six-years-old, but he still looks like a young dog with a shiny black coat and no grey whatsoever.”
“He still thinks he’s young as he bounces around and pulls along on the lead.”
Despite plenty of prying, Edwards said there is no secret to Oaklands longevity, but he does think the straight track at Healesville provided easier runs on his ageing body.
“He is highly intelligent and always tried 110% in every one of his 224 race starts.
He is actually the perfect dog.”
“Oaklands is a much loved and will remain so in retirement.” Oaklands will retire in second position for the highest number of starts by a Victorian trained greyhound, behind Galloping Graham (250 starts).