To say that Kim Edgar’s first foray into greyhound ownership has been a whirlwind would be somewhat of an understatement.
Edgar owns this year’s youngest Sky Racing Topgun finalist Kayda Shae, a greyhound with a motor the size of the Big Apple who was purchased as a pup for the small sum of $1,200. On the eve of one of the biggest races on the greyhound calendar – one carrying some $224,500 in prize money - she could not have imagined such a successful initiation into a sport that has thrilled her and her family since the fawn chaser’s debut in March this year.
“Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined making a Topgun with my first greyhound. Most of my family follow his career very closely now and it was been such a great adventure to watch him race.”
An adventure indeed. From 22 starts, the son of Kilty Lad has already competed in five Group races, including victory in the Bulli Gold Cup in May and a third behind current champion Fernando Bale in this month’s Adelaide Cup.
Victory on Saturday night would push his prizemoney past a quarter of a million dollars.
Watch: Kayda Shae (5) wins the Bulli Gold Cup in May.
And Edgar has more reason to get excited after Kayda Shae sizzled around The Meadows in a performance trial last Saturday night, running 29.56 at his first official outing at the track – three lengths outside the course’s record.
The box draw (two) is also favourable, but Kim admits that defeating the all-conquering Fernando Bale will be her chaser’s greatest challenge.
“Fernando Bale is such an amazing greyhound to watch, but we are so proud of Kayda Shae’s career and you can all but guarantee that he will be trying his best.”
Whatever the result, Kim’s venture into greyhound ownership looks to be just the beginning.
“I’m hooked now. They are the most beautiful animals and seeing how excited they get before those boxes open makes it all worthwhile.”
*This article was written by George Farrugia of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association.