Brian Barnsley, trainer and part-owner of the great Malawi’s Prince, passed away this week at age 83.
Brian, from Carrum Downs, trained a number of elite greyhounds over a period spanning about 60 years.
“He was never without a greyhound right up until about 2014,” brother Garry said.
“Brian said the best dog he ever had was Ding’s Wonder, who raced before Malawi’s Prince’s time,” Garry added.
Trainer Brendan Dewan, who was also tied to Malawi’s Prince along with son Matt, said Brian had great success as a trainer.
“He had a lot of good dogs including Ding’s Wonder and Karleen Brett. From memory, Ding’s Wonder won seven in a row in the city,” Brendan recalled.
Malawi’s Prince went on to become a champion sire of the nineties, producing greyhounds such as Tenthill Doll, Malawi Law, Token Prince and Prince Of Tigers to name just a few.
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