Written by Tony Homfray. Photo courtesy of Kate Jackson.
Paris Borserio was just 15 when the greyhound racing bug really bit her.
And now, as fourth generation greyhound trainer, she is ecstatic with her recent first win with Wicked Show at Bendigo.
Despite having grown up in the greyhound industry it was the death of her grandfather, well-known and respected trainer Rob Anstee in 2016 that kick-started Paris’ training career.
“My grandfather had been ill for about five years before he passed away and dad had been handling his dogs and I was generally just watching,” Paris said.
“But when he died, I really got into it helping out nanny and making sure she did not let go of the sport. I wanted to keep her involved and keep her on her toes.
“But then I really got into it with dad, mum and nanny now helping me out. We all work as a team.”
Paris’ pedigree in the greyhound business goes back to her great grandfather, the late Syd Hall whose dogs set many records at the former Eaglehawk track in the 1960s and ‘70s. Dusty Progress still holds the Eaglehawk track record. Following his death, Syd’s wife Sylvia took over the training mantle with success in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Then it was Rob and Lyn Anstee’s who turned out champion in Bendigo Cup winner in 1979 with Sue Silian. Both Rob and Lyn are life members of The Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association.
Paris’ parents, Greg and Sue both race greyhounds and sister Samantha also helps out with trialling and handling the dogs on race days.
Now 19 and training out of family kennels at Huntley, just a few kilometres north-east of Bendigo, Paris enlists the help of father, Greg, mum Sue and nan Lyn in preparing her own dogs for the Total Domination Syndicate.
Wicked Show’s win at Bendigo was a huge thrill for Paris and the whole family.
WATCH: Wicked Show win Paris her first race as a trainer from box four at Bendigo.
“I was on the other side of the track when she won and did not have an idea how she went,” Paris said of Wicked Show’s win.
“But I soon found out when everybody got around me that she had managed to hold on for the win – it was a great thrill and nan was really happy for me.”
So, with her first win under her belt Paris and her team’s next task is to keep the Total Domination Syndicate on its winning way and bring on the two new eight-month-old pups, Luna and Venus (kennel names) which will hopefully continue the family’s winning tradition.
Paris heads back to Bendigo with Wicked Show this afternoon. Jumping from box three in race 10 (5.17pm).