If there is one thing Australian Greyhound Racing needs for the future, it is young people who are dedicated to the industry. It is a rare but valuable find to meet a young greyhound enthusiast at many of our racetracks - precisely why they should be celebrated for their achievements within the industry.
Emily Fraser is one such individual whose passion and love for greyhounds shines through. The 24 year old has handled and worked for some of Australia’s premier trainers; however it is some of her efforts closer to home that mean the most.
Fraser has been involved with greyhounds since an early age, and was the leading handler for Don McMillian, who trained the star race bitch turned prolific producer, Bralyn Maisie. Bralyn Maisie was a top class city bitch winning 24 of her 44 starts with a phenomenal 12 victories at Wentworth Park including the Group three Ladies Bracelet final. Handled by a young Fraser, the budding enthusiast learnt all about what is involved with training and handling a successful dog.
When McMillan retired, Emily relocated to Western Australia where she worked with champion trainer Linda Britton for two years in her kennels. After gaining experience in the West, including handling former super stayer Western Land when he won the Group One Galaxy, the young enthusiast took some time out away from the action and hard work that racing involves.
Whilst Fraser had no intention at the time of returning to the sport, Emily admits that she, “Just loves them so much”, and as a result was drawn back into the industry, along with the help of a 25 kilogram bitch called West on Emily.
Since being back, Emily has teamed up with her father, Anthony Fraser and the dynamic duo have hit a purple patch with kennel star West on Emily, who has certainly turned into handy little chaser for the father daughter combo. Beginning her career at Bathurst, the daughter of El Galo showed potential from the start, winning on debut in a handy 17.89 seconds for the 307 metre trip. After two seconds at Bathurst and Unibet Gardens and another unlucky fourth at Bathurst, the pint sized performer has faced the starter on four occasions for four very impressive victories. Her successful streak started at Lithgow where she strung together two impressive wins in best of the day times clocking 24.82 seconds and 24.67 seconds respectively for the 414 metre trip. The blue sprinter has since gone on to claim a 450 metre win at Bathurst before the highlight of her short career came on Saturday night when West On Emily claimed the last at Richmond, running 23.10 seconds over 400 metres at what was a very gutsy and determined chasing effort.
With the impressive record of five wins and two placing’s from just eight starts, the youngster’s talent is still untapped, with Anthony now freshening her up before resuming at the Gardens next month where she should give the Hunter Valley speedsters a scare.
Anthony currently has five greyhounds in work; including West on Emily’s litter brother West on Elle with both the littermates turning into fantastic money spinners for the Wallerawang mentor. Also in the pipeline is a half-brother to the brilliant chaser Prince Diablo, who will hopefully possess some of the talent of his champion sibling.
Anthony, who has been training greyhounds for fifteen year has certainly passed on some of his passion to his aspiring daughter, who plans on getting her trainers license this year. Young Emily possesses all the makings of a great trainer and is a valuable asset to the industry. With her father and the support of many industry moguls by her side the big races are sure to be attached to her name in the future.