UNDOUBTEDLY THE REPUTATION AS THE FIRST ELITE TRAINER IN THE GREYHOUND CODE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA RESTS SQUARELY WITH GRANT LANGSTON.
Langston totally dominated greyhound racing during its second decade, taking out the Trainer's Premiership at both Cannington and Mandurah for the ten consecutive years between 1985 and 1994, after winning two premierships at Mandurah prior to that in 1982 and 1983.
He trained an Australian record 187 winners in 1988, which saw him nominated for The West Australian Caltex Sports Star of the Year Award for a second time in 1988-89, the only greyhound trainer to ever receive such acknowledgement.
To this day Langston still shares the record of training six winners on a card at a Cannington meeting, which he did at least twice. History shows that only two other trainers have been able to match that feat in the 36 years the code has been in operation in Western Australia.
Throughout his career, Langston trained the winners of 15 feature events which would have Group Race status in this modern era, including the Perth Cup once, the Galaxy twice and the All Stars Sprint on five occasions. At Mandurah he trained the winner of both “The Schweppes” (then known as the Mandurah Cup) and the Birthday Cup three times.
He earned the right to represent the State on four occasions following victories in the WA Distance Championship and trained no less than 39 winners of additional documented feature events during his much-celebrated training career.