Des's half century of following his passion
As the long-standing manager of the Sale Greyhound Racing Club, Des Dooley is one of the strongest advocates for greyhound racing in the Gippsland region.
Dooley, who recently clocked up half a century in the greyhound racing game, knows that talking up the sport is not enough and puts his money where his mouth is at every opportunity.
The veteran greyhound racing servant’s most recent investment in the sport came in November’s Ready 2 Race sales where he led a syndicate involved in the Sale club.
“It’s the sixth syndicate to be run by the club. Syndicate members subscribe $200 per share and the club appoints trustees to purchase race dogs on the members behalf,” Dooley said.
“It’s a very professionally run set-up and everyone involved gets a lot of enjoyment out of it, it’s a great bonding experience.”
The latest syndicate set about identifying dogs that will consistently race at be competitive at Sale with any metropolitan success seen to be a bonus.
And while there’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to greyhound racing, the Sale syndicates have had a strong track record to date.
“Anybody who has been in our syndicates so far have made a handsome profit, although we can give no guarantees. The only guarantee we give is that we will give people the chance to enjoy the thrill of racing their own dog at a minimal cost,” Dooley said.
Past purchases through Ready 2 Race and private contacts through the Sale network have seen success stories such as Salegreys Verto which finished runner up in the Group 1 Silver Chief as well as Salegreys Iscool, Salegreys Tabaret, Cornish Lady, Salegreys Gold and Salegreys Power who all went on to have metropolitan success.
The latest acquisitions have been two female greyhounds named Bindi and Salegraze Fantasy – both of whom have strong bloodlines, have been reared by the highly-credentialed Bartolo family and will be trained by Devon Meadows trainer Chris Johannsen.
Bindi had a poor start in both trials when on show at Ready 2 Race but showed enough potential to warrant purchasing while Salegraze Fantasy is considered to be one of the bargain buys of the auction at just $3000.
Dooley said syndication was one of the many joys of being involved in greyhound racing and encouraged people who may not have been involved in a greyhound racing syndicate to get friends and family together to give it a go.
“Greyhound Racing Victoria recently brought in a boosted prize money arrangement which makes the sport more lucrative than ever for potential owners,” Dooley said.
“There has been a big focus from GRV and the Victorian Government on ensuring Victorian greyhound racing has a long and prosperous future and I believe there has never been a better time to be involved in our sport.