NO prouder man came away from Casino last Friday than George Clegg and it was not about his boast of a winning double.
George’s 38-year-old son Grant gained his license only a couple of days before the race meeting and he was given the opportunity to handle his first runner.
It was Casey Whisper (Lochinvar Marlow-Bralyn Casey) who then proceeded to give Grant a debut winner leading throughout in a 620m Stayers Stake.
And at the juicy odds of $18.60.
Casey Whisper’s litter brother Big Bad Bob then made it a day to remember for George and Grant by winning a 620m 4th-5th Grade a few races later.
Clegg, a doctor by profession but a greyhound man through and through, was “very happy” with the double and his son’s winning debut.
“That is the 33rd winner from the litter,” said George.
He had bought dam Bralyn Casey as a tried bitch from Brad Northfield and developed her into a city winning stayer.
“She is due to whelp a litter within the next couple of weeks to Thirty Talks,” said George.
“We will be keeping them all.”
Big Bad Bob started $3.10 in his win and ran 36.33 to down Final Chalice and First Fire narrowly but impressively.
“I was worried he was not going to run 600 metres,” said George.
“He has already had two middle distance campaigns and didn’t appear to get the distance.
“But each time he got better so I decided to try him again recently. His final sections have always been extraordinary over 500 metres.”
Big Bad Bob has now started 43 times for 14 wins and 18 placings.
Casey Whisper brought her record to 11 starts for three wins and two placings with her victory in 36.47.
She downed Kikem Kreation and Bed Of Roses.