ALAN Smith was out of breath and lost for words after Elamor Del Cielo broke both both their maidens at the Tamworth Greyhound Club on Saturday.
It was one of several good stories to come out of a big day of racing where the club unveiled new sponsors the Shooters’ and Fishers’ Party.
While Smith has always had an interest in racing and greyhounds, he only began training in October, not taking long to bag what is hoped will be his first of many wins to come.
“Words cannot describe how I am feeling right now,” Smith said.
“It is like having your first born all over again.
“It is surreal.”
Elamor Del Cielo flew out of box two in the 340m Mikeloren Patisserie Maiden, and settled just behind Soaring Elite out of the inside box.
The pair made it a two-dog race as the red dog rounded the bend in first before Smith’s white and black two-year-old mounted a perfectly-timed sprint up the inside to just win by a half length.
The two dogs beat a few others at much shorter odds, including Hayden Munn’s third-placed Little Grace who was two lengths off the pace at the finish.
“I was confident coming in today,” Smith said.
“He has had a lot of niggles in his other races and came into today fit after trialling well.”
It was his second place in five starts, the other a third in his first outing at Muswellbrook in November.
Since then he has had a few sixths, a fifth, and a seventh but now that he has won and is fit, Smith believes there is plenty of improvement still to come.
“He is bred well enough to run in a TAB C meet,” Smith said.
The Bendemeer trainer is a former studio director at Sky Racing.
“It was always a retirement plan for me but has come a bit early,” Smith said.
“I dabbled in horses but it was way too expensive and I just love the dogs.”
“They are a beautiful animal and I was always ready to have them as pets.”
Smith praised the local greyhound racing community for helping him to his maidenvictory.
Alan Smith’s Elamor Del Cielo looks for a run on the inside of Soaring Elite to break his maiden and the maiden of his Bendemeer-based owner-trainer. Photo: Chris Bath 070315CBA02
“They have been ridiculously supportive and I have been blessed with help.”
Guyra’s Benjamin Vidler also won his first after returning to the sport and then picked up another for good luck as well as Miss Guyra broke her maiden in the maiden final, and Kevin Sills’s Mr Riley once again proved he is a cut above in the country, claiming the feature $1800 Shooters and Fishers North West Shoot-Out at short odds.
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