Snatch and run   17/12/2012

A terrific story in today’s Strewth column in The Australian about one of this turf fan’s favourite training families:

Canine castaway
A TRIP to the races on Saturday with wife Karen turned into a dog day afternoon for Warrnambool dentist Bill Wilde, who doubles as a racehorse trainer with his son Symon. Frantically readying horses to race at Stawell and Cranbourne, where the Wildes were in the winner’s stall, nobody noticed Symon’s staghound Snatch was missing as Bill drove out of the stables with a five-year-old gelding named Lord Wimble in tow. After more than an hour travelling at mostly 110km/h along some rough country road the vehicle carting the horse transport came to a halt for the first time at a T-intersection outside Cressy — some 40km north of the western district town of Colac — only for Bill to see “a dog just like Symon’s overtake me” on the side of the road. “We were in a bit of a rush leaving and it must have jumped up on to that little platform between the tow-bar and the float and there it stayed,” Wilde said. “It was an amazing balancing act.” There were more than a few expletives uttered in the 10 minutes it took Wilde to catch the eight-month-old bitch. Karen rang their son, who was getting ready to bat at a western district cricket match, describing the high-speed journey on a 40cm by 40cm ledge. The dog went to the races, but was too scared to eat or drink after the ordeal and yesterday was too tired to move. As for the other four-legged passenger, who had the creature comforts that go with being the sole traveller in a two-horse float, Lord Wimble ran like a dog and finished third last.

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