Winning big greyhound races has become regular event for Paul Stuart, but Saturday’s Group 2 WA Oaks (520m) was tinged with added significance.
With Cropduster and Starlight Yoyo, Stuart had a powerful two-pronged attack in the $60,000 feature, but it was the former who upstaged her rivals.
Posting her fourth win from 12 starts, Cropduster upheld local bragging rights when she ran down Victorian chaser Slingshot Gypsy to score by a length.
A delighted Stuart added another major race to his trophy cabinet, but said of greater importance was sharing the success with owner, Peter Cameron.
“I enjoy that more than anything to be honest, Stuart said on TABradio.
“I’ve been lucky enough to own good dogs myself, but you get an extra thrill when other people are involved and are so excited.
“It’s great when they can get around it and I get that extra special enjoyment training for other people when they get the result.
“From my own perspective I know it can be a little bit hard sharing a win by yourself.
“It’s not even race day, it’s the whole lead-up when you have a bit of banter with the owners during the week.
“It’s the whole experience and definitely when you can get more people involved it adds to the excitement.”
Cropduster underlined her promise in a recent heat of the Perth Cup when she led before being collared by Striker Light.
Stuart believes Cropduster, a daughter of Kc And All, could be headed for a bright future.
“She is actually very lowly graded, so she will go back and we will put her through the grades to see how she handles the rise in class,” Stuart said.
“She is actually very good and consistent.
“I think she has broken 30 seconds in about five or six times in her half a dozen starts.
“She is going along in the right manner and we will put her up in the grades and see how far she can go.”