It’s stating the obvious that Reg Kay would love to have won the invitational $150,000 to the winner Top Gun at the Meadows in Melbourne last Saturday night.
Kay owns Don’t Knocka Him who finished third to the Graeme Bate trained pair David Bale and Desalle Bale. Don’t Knocka Him, trained for Kay by Melbourne’s Jason Thompson, picked up $21,500 with that third placing.
A race Kay is also very keen to win is a humble maiden at Albion Park tonight. The first prize of $860 is a far cry from what the Top Gun offered. But victory in race two tonight would be very special to Kay and to the person he has named his starter after – Chicka Scott.
Kay’s long time mate ‘’Chicka’’ Scott is in a battle with cancer at the moment. Scott’s christian name is Ron but it’s doubtful if many greyhound participants and followers know that. He’s always been known to them as ‘’Chicka.’’
Kay has Chicka Scott drawn box eight in race two tonight, a 520 metres maiden. The son of Surf Lorian and Moonlite Teddy made his debut at Albion Park last Monday. After a moderate start from box seven, the dog ran on strongly for second. Scott was watching on Sky racing at home.
‘’Chicka is doing it pretty tough, health wise, at the moment. I thought it might give him a bit of a lift to see a dog with his name racing and hopefully winning,’’ Kay said.
‘’I wanted to be sure it was a good dog that got the name and this one has shown plenty of promise along the way.’’
As one Kay fan asked: ‘’Does Reg ever have any moderate dogs?’’ The answer is – yes, but not often.
‘’The dog has been coming out of the boxes well in his trials but missed the kick last week. Hopefully he will begin a lot better tonight,’’ Kay said.
Naming greyhounds after people has worked successfully for Kay before. In particular, 2008 National Sprint champion and subsequent top stud dog Knocka Norris. Kay named that dog after another mate, Syd ‘’Knocker’’ Norris who attracted that nickname during his days as a tough rugby league player. Knocka Norris is the sire of Don’t Knocka Him.
Scott says he was very pleased and humbled to see his namesake Chicka Scott race last week.
‘’Reg and Syd Norris and myself go back more years that I can remember as mates,’’ the punter and former Capalaba club committeeman said.
‘’I’ve been battling cancer for some eight years now. And it’s been pretty tough lately. But I’m not complaining, and when people like Reg think of me, that’s something really special. I received some nice phone calls too after the dog raced last Monday ’’
Scott was a regular at Capalaba until a few weeks ago. The Saturday afternoon meetings don’t quite seem the same in his absence. There’s no banter and cheek from him at the kennels as the runners are rugged up and paraded and he would cast his watchful eye over the field.
‘’There’s two things I really miss and it’s going fishing and going to the Capalaba races. Just at the moment, I’m not well enough to be out and about,’’ Scott said.
Chicka Scott races at 7.02 p.m. This racecaller is tipping the dog to win and very much hoping to call him a winner.
Story by Paul Dolan, photo (Syd Norris, left, and Chicka Scott) by David Brasch.