Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Popular Trainer Peter a Man Who Knew His Craft

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Popular Trainer Peter a Man Who Knew His Craft

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DOGWATCH

PAUL DOLAN

SOMETIMES you don't realise how well liked somebody is until they are gone.

So it is with greyhound trainer Peter Ruetschi who was killed in a two vehicle head on motor accident on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fairney View last Tuesday.

Ruetschi, 56, was returning from the Ipswich twilight race meeting where he had four runners for a winner and two placings.

Ruetschi was successful at the craft of training greyhounds.

This year he was third on the Ipswich trainers' premiership.

He finished second in the Albion Park trainers premiership in 2015 and fifth in a packed leader board there last year.

Racegoers and fellow trainers knew Ruetschi well at Ipswich and Albion Park.

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him.

He was always good for a prediction that his greyhounds could win.

The phone calls I have received from all over Queensland and interstate, from people who had never met Ruetschi but were deeply shocked by Tuesday's tragedy, has driven home the point that the man made his mark.

One of his better dogs in recent years, Hougenie, set a track record of 36.90 for the Ipswich 630 metres distance on September 5, 2015.

It will be fitting if that record stands for a considerable period of time.

Ruetschi's final winner was named There's a Fool, owned by his friend and assistant at his Lowood property Ken Crawford.

Ruetschi was no fool, that's for sure.

Major final effort

FORMER harness racing trainer and driver Chris Riordon had the biggest win of his career, be it that code or greyhounds, last Saturday night.

Riordon had three runners in the group 2 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden final at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

His runners finished first, second and fourth. And the icing on the cake is that he bred and owns all three who are by Fabregas out of Spirited Flame.

Long priced Roll So Deep led from Fire to Rain to the first turn. Fabrique got to third position along the back stretch at which point it was a Riordon trifecta.

The $2.30 favourite Really Dapper missed the start and got to fourth midrace.

Fire to Rain, wearing the red rug, finished powerfully along the rails to score in 30. …

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