Top gun is greyhound swansong
WITH more than $600,000 to his name, Grandchester greyhound Glen Gallon finished his career as one of the country's greatest.
After being invited into the field for the Group 1 Top Gun race in October, Glen Gallon's trainer Tony Brett made the difficult decision to make it his last.
"He made the field for Top Gun in October, which is the best eight dogs in Australia, and it was good making it in that and we decided to make that his swansong and to end his career with a bang," Brett said.
Unfortunately, Glen Gallon crossed in fifth place, but nonetheless, Brett said it capped off what has been an amazing journey for the valuable four-year-old greyhound.
"They were the best eight in the country and it wasn't going to be easy," he said.
"It was a nice way to go out.
"When you look back at his career, it's just amazing; you take it for granted.
"(Prize money) $620,000 is just amazing."
Racing well after most would call it quits, Glen Gallon continued to fight his way through the field in Group 1 finals.
Such was his success, Glen Gallon finished his career as the second highest prize money-earning greyhound in Australia with $618,827.
In a fitting send-off, Glen Gallon led the field out to the boxes for the Group 1 Brisbane Cup race at Albion Park on December 5.
"He led the field out to the boxes at Albion Park and they had a stand where you could get your photo with him - he was a bit of a rock star for a night," his trainer Brett said.
Glen Gallon is more than just a race dog for Brett, who has kept the greyhound as a family pet.
"We were pretty keen to keep him, that's how special he is to us," he said.
Despite spending his retirement as a stud greyhound, Brett said Glen Gallon still had racing on his mind.
"He's not taking it too well and he's been thinking the last few weeks he should be out racing," he said.
"He has 14 litters on the ground already and he's doing well actually.
"This time next year his first pups will be starting and hopefully he can throw some good ones."