It is a story a couple of man and his canine. However Gary Weston’s greyhound, West On Augie, isn’t any bizarre canine.
He’s WA’s quickest canine and will likely be working for glory tonight to assist raise the spirits of the person he was named after.
Mr Weston purchased his first greyhound in 1966 after befriending Barry “Augie” Augustine, a chef from Victoria’s Langi Kal Kal Jail.
Mr Augustine has been hanging on all of West On Augie’s 30 race victories just lately as he battles severe sickness that has left him in a Ballarat hospital.
West On Augie was named WA Greyhound of the Yr on Sunday and can lead the native cost towards interstate invaders within the annual Perth Cup sequence, which begins at Cannington.
The greyhound’s honour got here only a week after Mr Weston’s former star Blue Echo was inducted into the WA Racing Corridor of Fame.
“The past week has been fairly hectic but really enjoyable,” Mr Weston stated.
“Blue Echo was a extremely good race-dog and likewise a extremely good watchdog.
“Augie is a special kettle of fish all collectively, with very a lot his personal character and if he may win for Augie (Mr Augustine), it could be very emotional.”
The nationwide greyhound trade was rocked by the NSW live-baiting scandal that tarnished the popularity of all individuals.
However Mr Weston stated it was unfair to use a broad brush to the WA trade he beloved and revered.
“Greyhound racing in WA is very well managed and a great sport for all participants,” he stated. “The problems over east were terrible for the image of greyhound racing but there have been some positives from the bad situation with much greater emphasis on animal welfare.”