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Young gun polishes track record

Boom youngster Shima Shine has eclipsed a track record in just his seventh race start (six wins).

Racing on one of Victorian greyhound racing’s most traditional circuits – Ballarat’s 450m distance – Shima Shine won by 12 lengths in 24.751sec, lowering a record that stood for almost five years. The previous record was 24.766sec, set by Over Limit in 2014.

Shima Shine (pictured above with handler Korie Heinrich), a 21 month old son of Barcia Bale and Geelong Cup winner Shima Song, is prepared by Andrea Dailly for the Davrob Syndicate, which is made up of David Gleeson and Bob Cummings.

His only defeat so far was in the Group 3 Warragul St. Leger.

Gleeson was awarded the Ken Carr Medal at the recent Victorian Greyhound Awards, however he credits much of their Syndicate’s success to Cummings.

“Bob Cummings and I have been breeding greyhounds together for 40 years and it’s a real team effort,” Gleeson said.

“All the care, attention and the handling we give our greyhounds from an early age is one of the keys to our success. We rear our pups on Bob’s property. Bob does a lot of the hard yards with the pups when they are young, while I do the educating and it’s a formula that works.”

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Shima Shine at just 20 weeks of age with David Gleeson at Bob Cummings’ property in Koo Wee Rup.

WATCH: Shima Shine (3) sets a new track record at Ballarat in 24.751sec.

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