No End In Sight For 81-Year-Old Curtis

VETERAN trainer Col Curtis is 81 and reckons he "might" be nearing the end soon of his lifelong career in greyhound racing.

COL Curtis is 81 and reckons he “might” be nearing the end of his lifelong career in greyhound racing.

But that will not happen while the talented Jameson Bay is racing as well as she is.

The daughter of Hooked On Scotch and Bonne Chance runs as one of the favourites in a 5th Grade final (520m) at Ipswich on Saturday night and goes into the race off great recent form.


She won her heat of the series in 30.78 as the $1.90 favourite.

Col describes her as “a typical female … stubborn”.

But, the bitch has started 50 times for 11 wins, 19 placings and earned Col $48,000.

“I got her from Jason and Craig Schmidt as a pup for rearing two other in the litter,” said Col.

“She broke in reasonably well but has kept improving all the time.

“We've also got her brother Costa Dime who could keep up with her when they were much younger, but she's got much better now.

“We've worked him out and take him to Capalaba which he likes.”

Col first got into greyhound racing helping out family when he was 13.

“I had a break for a good while but came back in around 1985,” he said.

He's never been without a smart performer.

“I've just retired Keyed Alike (the Eric Thomson Maiden winner at Albion Park),” he said.

While at 81 Col admits he is happy with having just two dogs racing from his kennel, he also says he has put an order in for a pup from a Hooked On Scotch litter friends have just bred.

“And, I suppose when Jameson Bay retires, I will have to breed with her as well,” he said.

“I've got a straw for Wow just waiting for her.”

Of Saturday night's final, he rates the bitch hard to toss if she can begin like she has in recent starts and be in the first couple around that first turn.

“Jemma Daley's dog Digital Sea is the one to beat,” said Col.

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