Dog Chat: Top trainer Gordon set for shock move to Australia
A week ahead of the semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne, the greyhound world has been rocked by the news that the trainer of the 2009 winner is set to emigrate to Australia.
Pat Gordon, one of Ireland's most successful young trainers, has informed his owners that he will be leaving for Australia inside the next few months in order to give them time to sort out new training arrangements.
Gordon (34), from Enniscorthy, has handled such brilliant trackers as Fatboyz Nodrog, Fatboyz Tyson and more recently a fleet of Airforce dogs.
Indeed, only last Friday he had a big double at Shelbourne with Airforce Frankie in 28.62 and Airforce Newyork 29.72 (550) and has a very decent kennel of dogs in his care.
Speaking yesterday, Gordon said: "I have been involved with greyhounds ever since I was born but I have this thing about going to Australia and have decided to do it now.
"I am 34 years of age and if we are ever to make the move, this is the time."
He will be sadly missed after steadily building up a big reputation as a trainer in the past few years. If he decides to return home, there will be plenty of owners out there only too willing to support him again.
Meanwhile, Cabra Noel is the 6/4 favourite with Paddy Power for this year's National Puppy Stake, with Razldazl Will the 5/2 second choice. The only other runner in single figures is Paradise Martini at 8/1.
The two semi-finals as well as the four second-round heats of the Christmas Oaks will form a top-class card on Saturday at Shelbourne.
It will be a terrific weekend for greyhound followers in Dublin, as the Harold's Cross card on Friday will include the semis of the Tote Gold Collar and the first-round heats of the Ted Hegarty Marathon 1,010.
The semi-finals of the Greyhound & Petworld/ Gain Kingdom Derby will be run at Tralee on Friday, while the final of the Track Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake will be the highlight of a top-class card at Thurles on Saturday.