CHRISTINE Proctor took her number of Wentworth Park winners in 2017 to 25 when she scored with outsiders Ganbatte and Danisie along with crowd favourite Bekin Street yesterday week.
At the finish of that WP card Mark Gatt, who won with Special Road, had 30 WP winners, trailing Dean Swain on 32, while Jodie Lord’s winning double lifted her tally to 20.
Ganbatte, raced by builder Victor Peruch, was making his WP debut in one of the “hottest” fifth grades of the year.
But Ganbatte, which I’m told is means “do your best” in Japanese, wasn’t fazed and led throughout in 30.43 at long odds.
Ganbatte is regally bred as he is a son of Now Quoted, a member of the wonderful dam line which has produced crack stayers like 2008 Sydney Cup winner Others Quoted, 2005 WP Gold Cup winner Best Quoted and 2005 Brisbane Gold Cup victor Last Quoted.
No wonder his rivals could not run down Ganbatte!
But it was the star of Proctor’s team, Bekin Street, who wowed the fans yesterday week.
Coming off an unsuitable box seven draw, Bekin Street took the lead leaving the back straight to win the 520m Free For All in 30.00sec, fastest time of the night, running home in a sizzling 11.69 in the process.
Bekin Street is raced by brothers Martin, Paul and Chris Meredith, along with their soon to be 89 years old father John.
Another brother, Anthony, trained Mythical Eagle to win 18 races and won eight with Serisier Street, the dam of Bekin Street.
The current champ was reared by John Meredith, who can’t get to the city meetings but never misses watching Bekin Street on TV.
“I have been involved with greyhounds forever,” John Meredith told me.
“My father George owned a dog named Ribenco who ran 27 placings at Wentworth Park around 1940 when the outside hare was in operation.
“Ribenco was by Boy Ribby, who was a top sire and stood at stud here in Dubbo, where I still live.
“The late great thoroughbred caller Ken Howard used to broadcast the Wenty dogs in those days.
“My father worked on the railways and I became a carpenter but during the depression and subsequent era, times were tough.
“The basic wage was only three pounds ($6) but most dog races were worth five pounds ($10) to the winner, so every second person owned or trained a greyhound.”