Ladies Dom­i­nance Within the Grey­hound In­dus­try

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Bon­nie Chig­nall

As a young lady grey­hound trainer, I am proud to say that Vic­to­rian grey­hound rac­ing is well and truly to the fore, when it comes to the ac­cep­tance of ladies as equals. The TAB Mel­bourne Cup, is ar­guably Aus­tralia’s most cov­eted Grey­hound race, and what may have gone some­what un­no­ticed is that five of the eight fi­nal­ists were pre­pared by lady train­ers. Grey­hound rac­ing in Vic­to­ria dates back to the 1860s, yet it wasn’t un­til the 1970s that ladies were al­lowed to ob­tain a grey­hound trainer’s li­cense in Vic­to­ria. How times have changed. Th­ese days there are a num­ber of es­tab­lished lady stew­ards, train­ers, han­dlers, catchers, ken­nel at­ten­dants, race starters and race judges through­out Vic­to­ria. Due to this in-depth in­volve­ment, it is no sur­prise to see the dom­i­nance that lady train­ers are hav­ing at the mo­ment within the in­dus­try, even if it is of­ten a team ef­fort with their male part­ner. In fact, many train­ers ac­tu­ally con­trib­ute the ladies to the suc­cess of their grey­hounds. It is a com­monly held be­lief, that some grey­hounds re­spond pos­i­tively to the gen­tle na­ture of ladies, and a happy grey­hound is one more likely to per­form at its peak. Hav­ing been born into a grey­hound fam­ily, I have seen this with many grey­hounds, but specif­i­cally with my own rac­ing grey­hound,

Win­ston Rose.

Win­ston is in­cred­i­bly well known around the Sale area due to his out­go­ing na­ture. The staff at my lo­cal grey­hound track, which is si­t­u­ated at Sale, are mostly young ladies, who Win­ston has adopted as his own. He re­acts to them ex­u­ber­antly as he re­ceives their hugs and af­fec­tion. Win­ston is con­stantly sur­rounded by ladies and will con­tinue to be, and I look for­ward to him ob­tain­ing his spe­cial green col­lar from the Grey­hound Adop­tion Pro­gram (ex­empt­ing him from wear­ing a muz­zle in pub­lic) once his ca­reer ends; upon which point I’ll adopt him as a pet.

2015 HAS BEEN AN AS­TOUND­ING YEAR FOR FE­MALE ACHIEVE­MENT ACROSS DIF­FER­ENT SPORT­ING CODES. THE AUS­TRALIAN WOMEN’S CRICKET TEAM RE­CLAIMED THE ASHES, THE NA­TIONAL NET­BALL TEAM, THE DI­A­MONDS, WON THE CON­STEL­LA­TION CUP AND MICHELLE PAYNE BE­CAME THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY TO

WIN THOR­OUGH­BRED RAC­ING’S PRES­TI­GIOUS MEL­BOURNE CUP.

Sacra­mento Sal with trainer Jes­sica Sharp

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