Sunday Mail - - SPORT -

NOW the footy sea­son is over, Crows de­fender Kyle Har­ti­gan can now spend more time with his beloved dog Ol­lie. How beloved?

Well, Har­ti­gan re­cently con­firmed to the Sun­day Mail he in­stalled Pet Chatz at his home to com­mu­ni­cate with Ol­lie in breaks from train­ing dur­ing the sea­son. Pet Chatz is a dig­i­tal day-care sys­tem for a dog at home on its own.

It al­lows him to check in with Ol­lie, watch and hear him on his phone, while Ol­lie can see and hear Kyle on his own LCD screen. And it even feeds Ol­lie treats re­motely. He’s a fine de­fender, but Har­ti­gan is also one de­voted dog owner.

His life has been in­volved with horses, hav­ing grown up a block from Morphettville Race­course and mar­ry­ing Chris­tine, the daugh­ter of cham­pion trainer Leon McDon­ald. He be­gan call­ing trots tri­als at Plymp­ton’s Weigall Oval and soon af­ter quit his job with the Com­mon­wealth Bank to pur­sue race call­ing.

He lists the dual ap­pear­ance in Ade­laide of Black Caviar along­side the 2006 Ade­laide Cup, won by Clare Lin­dop on Ex­alted Time, as his most trea­sured mo­ments.

McAuliffe’s call of the ‘06 Cup re­ferred to Lin­dop as “The Lady of Ade­laide”.

“The Ade­laide Cup has been an un­lucky race for me,” he said on rac­

“But the Clare Lin­dop win is one that I prob­a­bly did nail. I think it was a ti­tle at the time that she richly de­served.

“She needed to be recog­nised in­so­far as what she was do­ing in the sad­dle and out on the turf. It was a great South Aus­tralian day.”

Turn­bull Stakes yes­ter­day — spring car­ni­val is around the cor­ner.

My time of year, but let’s deal with the left­over football mat­ters first. Such as?

So Lever’s a leaver. How orig­i­nal.

And Jacko’s a Bull­dog. We knew that would hap­pen. What’s your point?

Well who are the clubs go­ing to trade for?

Dunno. Is there a third Crouch brother?

If it was only that easy. Imag­ine if all play­ers had a twin brother.

Ed­die Betts and his brother would have trick shot com­pe­ti­tions.

Sloane and his brother go surf­ing.

Justin Westhoff and his twin could com­pete for best beard.

What about Ken Hink­ley? He’d get what he de­serves; a favourite say­ing. Don Pyke? Maybe a golf buddy.

That way, he never has to rely on any one player: an­other favourite say­ing. And if you had a brother?

We’d be get­ting on the punt at Morphettville.

And the book­ies would have never had a bet­ter day. $15 on Car 88, Whin­cup/ Dum­brell, to win Bathurst 1000 $20 on NZ to beat Cairns in the NBL $15 on Bren­dan Steele to win the Safe­way Open PGA golf LAST WEEK: $0 TO­TAL SO FAR: $1526.76

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