A group of the Werribee Football Club’s finest are looking for a different type of win this afternoon, a win in the Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden series with their greyhound Bees On Fire.
The son of Makeshift and Chasin The Dream, who produced the likes of Dublin Bull and sire Cutting Edge, was purchased as a pup by the Club to encourage past, present, and future players a chance to get to know one and other.
Syndicate manager and Werribee Football Club Captain Michael Sodomaco said that before the syndicate decided to purchase Bees On Fire, who was then known as Nippers, they had one of the members organised to take him as a pet once his racing career finished.
“It was really important to us that we had his life after racing sorted before we bought him and as much as we are looking forward to his racing career it will also be great to visit him once he retires in Geelong,” Sodomaco said.
Pictured: Nippers with Michael McMaster, also known as Mixer who will adopt Nippers once his racing career is complete.
Trained by Jeff Britton in Anakie, Bees On Fire will make his debut in Heat 12 (day two) of the Jarrod Larkin Concreting Gold Rush Maiden tonight from box three over the 425 metre distance.
“We have looked forward to watching Nippers race for a while, but unfortunately we all can’t make it up to watch him in Bendigo as we planned, but we are all really excited.”
The Bees On Fire syndicate are as hands on as a large syndicate can be, regularly visiting Nippers at the kennels as well as catching him after his trials at Geelong.
“He is a great dog to be around, such a happy little bugger,” Sodomaco said.