Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Veteran Keeps Impressing

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Veteran Keeps Impressing

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HE MIGHT be five and a half, but Eiswein is racing as well as ever.

The son of Just The Best- Impatient fool was placed recently at Capalaba and Ipswich in the early stages of a comeback from injury that trainer Dale Widderick didn't think would happen.

Eiswein has started 84 times for 20 wins, 24 seconds and 13 thirds and $36,420 in stakes.

"It's quite amazing that he's back racing," Widderick said of his warhorse.

Eiswein has been an outstanding dog in his glory and much younger days. He was second in an Ipswich Auction, second in a Cairns Cup and fourth in a Townsville Cup.

"He was four and a half and still racing well, but he hurt his offside flexor tendon and I just tossed him into the back yard as a pet," Widderick said.

"But after a few months rest, he was looking well, feeling well and there were a few veterans races coming up at Capalaba so I put him back into training."

Eiswein ran a few placings, including one behind former Capalaba track record breaker Pink Character when the winner ran 19.77 seconds.

"He was clocked to run 20.10 in the same race and I thought that was good enough for him to still be competitive. He has been," Widderick said.

A great second to Best Score at the Ipswich Showgrounds recently has convinced Widderick his dog can keep going.

"I'm taking him along steady even though he still feels his legs a bit," he said. "He's probably about three lengths off his best these days.

"There are veterans races coming up each month at Capalaba and he can keep going in a few more of those.

"He is a real credit to the ability of (muscleman) Nelson Edyvean to keep him on the racetrack. Nelson has kept Eiswein going for years."

YAMANTO trainer Ian Dionysius is hoping greyhound racing can switch to a golf course fairway.

If by some strange chance that happens, Dionysius reckons he could have the best dog in the state.

At the moment, Dionysius describes Dicky Flyer (Addis Boy-Emotional Law) as a straight track star but a worry on the circle.

Dicky Flyer, raced by first time dog man Luke Gordon from Caloundra, is currently running fourth on the Capalaba grey- hound of the year premiership. …

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