DUO’S HOPES IN GREAT SHAPE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - JEFF COLLERSON

LIND­SAY Davis and Jeff Ea­ton, hobby train­ers with full-time jobs in dif­fer­ent sports, took out Wed­nes­day night’s heats of the Lad­brokes Monthly Medal at Went­worth Park.

Davis, a per­sonal trainer for eight years, won with Daisies The One, who posted fastest time for the 720m of 42.84 in her four-length romp.

Ten­nis coach Ea­ton and his wife Ca­role train Fed­eral Se­cret, who scored by six lengths in 43.55.

Be­cause of the time gap, Daisies The One is all the rage for Satur­day night’s Wenty fi­nal but Fed­eral Se­cret, who had not been tested as a stayer be­fore the heats, could be a big im­prover.

Davis, 10th on the Went­worth Park train­ers’ premier- ship with nine wins, be­came in­volved with greyhounds through do­ing a favour for a friend, Kelvin Lean.

“Seven years ago, Kelvin was look­ing for some­one to raise a lit­ter of puppies he owned and when he dis­cov­ered I was on 25 acres at Branx­ton he asked me to take on the task,’’ Davis said.

“He reck­oned be­cause I had plenty of room I could rear grey­hound pups as a side­line. Among that first lit­ter I raised for Kelvin was Key­bow.

“When Key­bow went on to win the Group 1 Perth and Bris­bane Cups and earn $581,000 prize­money, I was hooked on greyhounds.

“I took out a trainer’s li­cence six years back and adopt many of the prin­ci­ples I use in my role as a per­sonal trainer to the greyhounds.

“The dogs are fed to­tally nat­u­ral di­ets and their ex­er­cise is in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored.

“I train Daisies The One for Rox­anne and John Far­rell from Ta­ree, so things have gone full cir­cle be­cause they were the breeders who sold Kelvin Lean his first greyhounds.’’

The Ea­tons are also en­joy­ing great suc­cess in 2018, hav­ing landed 14 Went­worth Park win­ners be­tween them.

Af­ter Fed­eral Ex­press led all the way in her Monthly Chal­lenge heat, Jeff said: “We would have been happy for her to fill a plac­ing so for her to win by over six lengths is ter­rific.

“There was never any doubt about Fed­eral Ex­press see­ing out the 720m first-up be­cause she can run all day, but we weren’t sure how quickly she could go.’’

Pro­pri­etor of a ten­nis coach­ing acad­emy for 15 years, Jeff met Ca­role through greyhounds.

He and a cou­ple of mates had bought a young grey­hound and trav­elled to the cen­tral coast to have the dog ed­u­cated by for­mer lead­ing trainer George Sing­line.

Ca­role is Sing­line’s daugh­ter and, along with her sis­ters Lor­raine Atchi­son and Noe­lene Hol­loway, was a suc­cess­ful trainer in her own right.

“Through hav­ing that pup ed­u­cated on the Sing­line prop­erty, I met Ca­role and we were mar­ried in 1981,’’ Jeff said.

“Our son Scott com­peted on the over­seas ten­nis cir­cuit and was ranked among the world’s top 1000 play­ers, but he is even more en­thu­si­as­tic about the greyhounds.

“Ca­role and I take his ad­vice on what greyhounds to buy or breed with be­cause he has be­come a real ex­pert on blood­lines.

“We are hop­ing to see Fed­eral Se­cret draw box one again in Satur­day night’s Monthly Medal fi­nal be­cause she is a far bet­ter grey­hound when able to get to the front and be ‘ on the bunny’.

“The rails draw helped her in the heat and, hav­ing a 10-day gap be­tween the qual­i­fy­ing race and the fi­nal, won’t do her any harm.’’

There i s of­ten a bar­gain buy i n an i mpor­tant race and Kuku­dio, fastest sec­ond placeget­ter in the Monthly Medal heats when chas­ing home Daisi es The One, was bought re­cently for only $ 950 by owner Tony Di­gior­gio.

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