Charmaine Roberts gives Star Keeping a well-earnt drink after winning the Coolabah Goat Company Maiden Stake over 400 metres yesterday at Dawson Park. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEWhen Dubbo greyhound identities Charmaine Roberts and Shayne Stiff sent their bitch Only Keeping to former champion race dog Pure Octane, they were a little down about only getting three pups.
But the mood picked up yesterday when two of those three, Hypa Keeping and Star Keeping, saluted at Dawson Park.
The other out of the litter, Pure Keeping, was scratched from Star Keeping’s event.
Roberts has 11 dogs in racing work at the moment and was delighted with the performance of Star Keeping, which survived a heavy mid-race cheque to win the Coolabah Goat Company Maiden (400m).
After jumping fairly from box two Star Keeping ($1.90 fav), which was having just its second race start, was able to muster speed to sit near the front of the field.
Just as the black bitch was about to run away from her rivals, American Storm cramped the leader and almost dragged her down.
But Star Keeping was able to regain her composure and speed and hold of Violet Kimpton in the run to the line.
At the post Star Keeping had a three-quarters-of-a-length margin over Violet Kimpton ($5.20) with Myalla Miss ($20.30) a further two-and-a-quarter lengths away in third.
The time for the 400m trip was 23.55s however given the interference it’s fair to assume the bitch can go quicker.
After the race Roberts said she was extremely happy with the bitch’s constitution, saying she was entitled to give up when she was checked.
“A lot of dogs would have turned it up but I was really happy with her for fighting on and fighting on to win,” she said.
“We only got three out of the litter which was a bit disappointing but they are all bitches so we can have some fun with them along the way.
“We’ll look for another race here at Dubbo and take her through her grades but she gives me the impression she has some ability.
“At the moment she doesn’t look like she will get much further than 450m but today was only her second start so who knows where she will end up.”
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