Unfortunate news from two states this week with the careers ending for top grade South Aussie sprinter, Goosebumps and promising New South Wales stayer, He’s My Future.
Goosebumps has been one of the most successful Angle Park greyhounds in recent years, with an impressive 26 wins around the state’s premier circuit. However her last place finish on June 28 would be the final appearance by the diminutive speedster, after suffering an injury that forced owner/trainer Matthew Payne to call it a day.
The November 2008 daughter of Meticulous and Tilka Lee burst onto the scene in September 2010, winning her maiden in 29.97 by nearly 12 lengths. It wasn’t long before she raced through the grades at the Cardigan Street track, consistently breaking 30 secs and eventually scoring by 13 lengths at her opening look at 600m.
Eventually given the title of SA Bred Greyhound of the Year in 2011, her personal bests include 29.60 for Angle Park’s 515m, 35.19 for the 600m middle trip and 44.25 at the only attempt over 731m. At Gawler, there was a 30.85 run over 531m and 37.28 over 643m.
Overall, Goosebumps will end her time with 63 starts for 30 wins and 12 placings in a career spanning almost 2 years at banking nearly $50,000 in the process.
Similarly, the career of He’s My Future has been cut tragically short after a trialling mishap has seen the Harry Sarkis-trained dog having to be put down.
With the National Distance Championship only weeks away, it has been a cruel blow to the chances of New South Wales and the staying ranks are no doubt weaker as a result.
A June 2009 son of Hallucinate and Just Dazzle ‘Em, He’s My Future scored 17 times in a 42 start career, and earned an impressive total of $119,000along the way.
He had 8 victories over the 720m at Wentworth Park and an 8 length win at Sandown in 42.26 back in May this year. He was also a two-time Group 1 runner-up, getting within a length of Irma Bale in the Sandown Cup and within 3 lengths of the mighty Miata a month earlier.
He was also a winner over 450 and 565m at Maitland in his early days with 25.16 and 31.84 being his PB’s.
Having had two wins in June this year, it must be said that the best of He’s My Future may have never been seen and thoughts go out to everyone who was involved with the talented fawn dog.