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Bells are ringin

Gerry O’Keeffe is the happiest man alive. Why you may ask? Well because in his words, he is living the dream.

“I have my dogs, my health and my family,” Gerry said.

Last Wednesday at Ballarat, Gerry lined up in Race 8 at with two very special greyhounds Cosmic Katie and Up And About. The pair share the same mother Bells Are Ringin, a greyhound who put Gerry and his huge smile on the map in greyhound racing.

“I’ll take you back to 2016, it was the year of the hobby trainer and Bells Are Ringin gave me my very first Group 1 victory – the Sandown Cup, at 50/1!” Gerry said.

“That’s a moment you don’t forget and now I get to train her pups. Bells Are Ringin is the Group 1 gift that keeps on giving.”

Up And About is 42 starts into his career and O’Keeffe says he is a bit of an enigma.

“He is a bit like his trainer, likes to get up to a bit of mischief and he has ability,”

Cosmic Katie is the younger of the two and has had 12 career starts for four wins and three second placings.

“Gippsland’s number one greyhound hydro-bather is my nine-year-old granddaughter Ava who gives Cosmic Katie and Up And About a bath so they are shining.”

Bells Are Ringin and her puppies are owned by the Four Frothy Syndicate which is managed by Gerry’s son in law, Glenn Pask.

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Molly Haines
About Molly Haines - Communication Assistant at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 16 years of experience working with greyhounds in all capacities.
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