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Hats off to Hagrid

Each month we like to recognise the milestones racing greyhound have greyhounds reached in Victoria in recognition of their longevity.

This month, it’s ‘hats off’ to Hagrid Grange, who has just clocked up 167 races, including 100 at Bendigo, and was rewarded for his achievement with a rug from the club, and retirement.

Lockwood South trainer Sebastiano Gilibisco has owned Hagrid Grange (Hesa Felon-Hoofla) for his last 120 starts. His passion for the dog is palpable.

“He’s just a lovely dog, but a little bit more, he’s really loveable, you know?”

“He has magnificent character. Always ready to go, and a very strong dog. He’s never had any major injuries, just little things, so he just comes out, comes in, lovely dog.”

Hagrid turned six in February 2020, but Sebastiano reckons “he could have gone another six months, but I wasn’t going to risk it, so now he’ll stay with me.”

The Bendigo Greyhound Club presented the dog an impressive rug to mark his century and posted to event on social media.

Bendigo Greyhounds Facebook:

Fantastic effort from the recently turned 6yo HAGRID GRANGE and his trainer Sebastian Gibilisco on achieving the rare feat of 100 starts at the one track when he chalked up his Bendigo century in his 176th & final racetrack appearance at Bendigo on Wednesday… enjoy your retirement!

Sebastiano makes it clear he’s not yet up for the same fate, however. He still has Garage Sale (Dyna Double One-Molly Monroe), who is closing in on Hagrid’s impressive numbers at Bendigo.

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About Phillip Weir - Phil Weir is based in regional Victoria and has spent a lifetime working in the media. He has a keen interest in the origins of greyhound racing and is a foster carer for the Greyhound Adoption Program.
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