El Sportsmans not done with yet

BINGARA trainer David Rose is tipping even more success for El Sportsmans after the black dog’s 23rd career win at Armidale on Saturday.

It was the fourth victory in a row for the greyhound and came in the Armidale Cup Consolation (520m).

In a small field of five, El Sportsmans was too good, winning by two and three quarter lengths from Queensland dog Our Viking and Kikem Elly for Hayden Munn at Duri.

“He’s a good little dog,” Rose said.

“He’s been going good.

“Finding a race for him around here is a bit of a problem because he’s a top grade dog and there’s not many top grade races.

“I have to put him in whatever I can.

“He can go from a 365 to a 520 (metre event), but it doesn’t worry him.”

El Sportsmans has been a regular winner at Gunnedah and Armidale in recent times  and has also won at Tamworth.

His record now stands at 64 runs for 23 wins and 20 placings.

“He’s won six of his last seven,” Rose said.

“We sent him over to Casino to a trainer over there but it didn’t work out for him.

“He won one race over there but we decided to bring him home to have another go here.

“I bought him as a pup with my mate Mick Keelan.”

There’s no plans to sideline El Sportsmans yet.

Rose, who owns the Sportsmans Hotel at Bingara after which the dog is named, reckons he still has plenty more races in him and hopefully plenty more wins.

“He’s only a young dog really,” he said.

“He’s had a lot of starts but he’s only three and a half.

“I don’t see why he can’t keep going.”

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