• Friday, 29 Apr, 2022,
  • by Peter Quilty

Kristie’s ‘crazy ride’!

Coburg North breeder-owner-trainer Kristie Collyer was on ‘cloud nine’ after notching her first-ever double.

And the ‘silver lining’ was it occurred with litter sisters at her home track, The Meadows, on Wednesday.

Collyer scored with Blazing Fury ($5.80), which posted 30.31sec, and then followed up an hour later with Uncle’s Girl ($10.70), which semaphored 30.13sec.

And her immediate and excited reaction was: “Did they really just do that?”

“These are my ‘kids’ doing all this for me… It’s been a crazy ride!”

Uncle’s Girl recorded her sixth win (with nine seconds and nine thirds) from 49 starts. All wins have been from 36 starts over 525m at The Meadows, and her winning time was just outside her 30.08sec PB.

Blazing Fury registered her eighth win (with three seconds and five thirds) from 44 starts. It was her third win from 22 starts on this track/distance, and she lowered her previous best of 30.36sec.

“They work on the same routine, but Uncle’s Girl is just a bit quicker early,” Collyer said. “Blazing Fury is more of a one-pacer and runs home stronger.”

Both are Dec ’18 Unlawful Entry x West On Xandi sisters of coursing star Kasemi, which Collyer also bred, owns and trains.

WATCH: UNCLE’S GIRL (7) completes the Collyer litter double, clocking a creditable 30.13sec.

And Kasemi is no slouch on the ‘circle’ and up the ‘straight’ at Healesville. She’s won 11 races (with 13 seconds and 16 thirds) from 50 starts and $45,025 in prizemoney.

However, she’s probably received more acclaim in coursing ranks. She won the 2021 Coursing Female of the Year gong and finished runner-up to All Inn Billy in last year’s time-honoured Waterloo Cup at Longwood.

And she also won the Gippsland Cup at Lang Lang, while Uncle’s Girl won the 2021 Gary Brett Memorial at Longwood.

Kasemi – named after Collyer’s cousins, Kasey, 12, and Emmerson, 10 – has commenced her campaign for another crack at the Waterloo Cup.

Kasemi – 2021 Coursing Female of the Year – in full flight during the Waterloo Cup series.

She won at the opening meeting of this year’s coursing season last week at Lang Lang. And she’ll compete at Longwood on Sunday.

“She wasn’t overly impressive last week, but it was the first time she’s had three runs in a day since last year’s Waterloo Cup,” Collyer said.

“We’re trying to rebuild her stamina and we’ll be trying to go one better in the Waterloo Cup. If you don’t try, you won’t know.”

Teaming up with her father, Murray, Collyer won the 2009 Waterloo Cup with Voodoo Oak.

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Collyer – who suffers from lupus (an auto-immune disease) – says coursing is a totally different aspect of greyhound racing.

“It’s a more laid-back and enjoyable environment.”

And as for her much-loved litter she bred late in 2018: “These are my ‘kids’ doing all this for me. The whole journey has been phenomenal. It’s been a crazy ride!”

Pawnote: Collyer “fell in love” with Kasemi’s dam, West On Xandi, when campaigning in Perth while working for Robert Britton.

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

Peter Quilty has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.

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