The Hunters’ premiership leading greyhound trainer, Allan Ivers, has hit a purple patch of form, with his kennel stars winning flour races at Ladbrokes The Gardens on Saturday evening.
This outstanding effort, a rare feat in greyhound racing, comes on top off a treble two weeks back at the same track, taking his tally to 42 wins at The Gardens this year.
Allan told LakeMac Today that he arrived at Newcastle’s greyhound racing headquarters on Saturday thinking he could maybe win a couple of races, and he had a few good hopes.
Never in his wildest dreams did Allan believe that he could lead in four winners, from six starters on a 10 race card, despite the fact that two dogs had drawn the one box and another two had drawn well in box eight.
It began in Race 1 when Faith In Thee saluted the judge at the good odds of $5.60; Race 3 saw Asteroid Chloe break its maiden after being backed into $1.60; Smoken Joe made it 8 wins from 28 starts when he was first home in Race 5 at the juicy odds of $6.80; Ragadeen, backed into $2.10, was a comfortable winner in Race 6.
The Swan Bay (near Karuah) owner/trainer said this sort of success doesn’t happen very often. “I have trained four winners at Muswellbrook and the odd treble, but this sort of run at The Gardens is pretty special.”
Allan, now aged 39, has spent a lifetime in the greyhound industry. He currently has 13 in his kennels and another couple running around as pets on the 20 acre farm.
“My father was a greyhound trainer so it was only natural for me to follow in his footsteps.
“At 15 I lied about my age to get a trainer and owners licence.
“Up until five years ago I was a butcher, but I am now training full-time and loving every minute of it,” said Allan.
With 6 weeks remaining on the 2019 racing calendar, Allan has his sights set on training 100 winners for the year, including 50 at The Gardens.