One in eight chance to win $75,000

Top chance: David Smith with his son Cooper and greyhound Yankee's Ethics. Picture: Simon Bennett
Top chance: David Smith with his son Cooper and greyhound Yankee's Ethics. Picture: Simon Bennett

Elderslie resident David Smith could be $75,000 richer come Saturday.

One of the greyhound trainer’s top dogs, Yankee’s Ethics, will compete against seven others in the Group One Ladbrokes Peter Mosman Classic at Wentworth Park. 

The two-year-old qualified for the race after finishing second in one of four qualifiers held at the track last weekend.

With just 11 races under its belt, Yankee’s Ethics has already amassed an impressive record with five wins and three second places.

Mr Smith said he was optimistic the dog would be a good racer given the pedigree of its parents – Bella Infrared and Slasher’s Ethics.

“Its mother was a really good racer (18 starts for seven wins and one second) and was then retired to breed,” he said.

“She was very fast.”

The nine-dog litter that included Yankee’s Ethics has proven to be full of successful racing greyhounds.

Dodgin Ethics, White Sox Ethics and Infrared Ethics have all notched up five wins while Red Sox Ethics has recorded four wins from 11 starts.

Mr Smith said he had about six dogs based at his Elderslie property and several others with different trainers.

He said he first got involved with the greyhound racing as a teenager and 20 years later he was still passionate about the industry.

“When I turned 18 I got a dog to walk around,” he said.

“I always wanted one but my parents said ‘no, it’s a waste of money’.

“But I love it. I love a punt and I love the animals.”

The industry was brought to its knees last year when former NSW Premier Mike Baird announced he would shut down the NSW greyhound racing industry.

The announcement came after an investigation revealed some involved in the industry has mistreated the dogs and had also engaged in ‘live baiting’.

Mr Smith said the conjecture took its toll on many of those in the industry though he was glad some of the bad eggs had been found out.

“There one or two rogue (trainers) but its good the industry has been cleaned up,” he said.

“There were a lot of people who went through some pretty tough times – it was very sad.”