With the Australian Cup Carnival upon us, dizzy heights and lofty Group 1 dreams are often accompanied by plenty of pre-race nerves for owners. But, what about connections who are just as nervous at every start, no matter what class their greyhound is racing in?
One such owner is Roslyn Russell, who is half of the Banana Besties Syndicate.
Roslyn got to hold her greyhound puppy the moment he was born, commencing what really is a love story, between Roslyn (Roz) and her little puppy who is now all grown up – on the racetrack he is known as Curlin’ Merlin.
Or just simply, George – to those that are near and dear to him.
Curlin’ Merlin (Stagger x Soul Dancer) is Roz’s very first racing greyhound, and to say she is ‘attached’ to George would be an understatement. But, unlike most of those lucky enough to experience the spoils and thrills of the big time of the Australian Cup Carnival, Roz came across the greyhound breed and its racing opportunities a little later in life.