It isn’t often a greyhound races in top form when they are five-years-old.
The Chris Halse-trained Shared Bonus is about to reach that milestone.
Shared Bonus will head to the boxes at Cannington this Saturday night for start number 142, and his lucky owner Luke Townsend said he still has the zest for racing despite suffering a number of serious injuries.
“He just loves racing,” he said.
“He’s had a couple of career threatening injuries over the last year, and he’s recovered well from them and bounced back.
“Early last year he had a fracture in a hock, and I actually thought he would be finished then.
“He then tore a back muscle as well, but eight weeks later, he was back racing.”
A winner at 43 of his 141 starts, Shared Bonus started his career in Victoria, but he was brought to Perth in an attempt to rejuvenate his career.
Townsend originally hoped Shared Bonus would win a race in Perth, but said he has gone well beyond expectations since moving across the border.
“He went off the boil over in Victoria, so they offered Chris the dog to train and own,” he said.
“We thought he’d win one or two races, and he’s won 12 so far, so he has exceeded our expectations.
“He’s probably the keenest dog I’ve seen on a race track for a long time.”
Shared Bonus’ success shouldn’t come as a surprise, given he is sired by Brett Lee, and his dam West On Bluebird is a sister to champion WA greyhound Miata.
Also in Shared Bonus’ litter was well performed greyhounds West On Delly and Shared Equity.
Shared Bonus lines up in the Love The Chase Free For All (380m) on Saturday, and Townsend said he was confident the five-year-old would deliver another strong showing.
“He’s drawn the red, and I don’t think it is an overly hard race,” he said.
“If he can get to the front, he should run his 21.70 or 21.80.
As for how much longer Shared Bonus keeps racing, Townsend said he would leave it to the greyhound to tell him when time is up.
“Every time he goes around I just hope he doesn’t hurt himself,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter anymore, he’s done his job and he’s had a great career.”