Keven Kingdom is banking on quality over quantity to prevail at the Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club’s first TAB meeting since the track was refurbished this Sunday.
The Gunnedah trainer has just the one runner in the first race on the card.
Search The Stars will be searching for her first career win in the Ladbrokes.com.au maiden. Kingdom welcomed the greyhound after another trainer didn’t want to keep her.
“She’s a maiden and I actually got her as a giveaway,” Kingdom said.
“She wasn’t up to his standard and I took her on.
“She’s come along very well. Last start she ran second. I’m praying [for a win] but that’s all we can do now.”
While Kingdom only has one racing greyhound at the moment, he also has about six pet greyhounds and two pups.
He started training dogs 10 years ago and has never looked back.
“I used to be into race horses and a mate of mine was into dogs and got me into it. As soon as I got a taste that was it – hook, line and sinker,” Kingdom said.
“You just treat them like a normal dog, one just does more work than the rest.
“With the horses, you've only got so many things you can do and then it’s up to the jockey. This is putting more into it yourself and you get more satisfaction out of it. That's what I reckon.”
“It’s probably more personal with a greyhound. It gives you an opportunity to connect with that animal,” Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club president Geoff Rose added.
The first event on the 10-race card at the TAB meeting will start just before 6pm on Sunday.
Being a TAB meeting, prizemoney for the races get a healthy boost.
“The TAB meeting is when your prizemoney jumps,” Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club president Geoff Rose said.
“It jumps from about $300 to about $600-700 – so you double your money.”