Reward for ex-journo's big drive

ANZAC CUP: Vietnam veteran Jim Harvey, Brodie Burgess, Gary Keep, Vietnam veteran Len Reichle, Chris Gear and his daughter Jade Gear with the place getters in the Anzac Day Cup Smart Force, One In Ten and Oh My Papa, Keep had success at Thabeban Park at the weekend. Photo: Max Fleet/NewsMail
ANZAC CUP: Vietnam veteran Jim Harvey, Brodie Burgess, Gary Keep, Vietnam veteran Len Reichle, Chris Gear and his daughter Jade Gear with the place getters in the Anzac Day Cup Smart Force, One In Ten and Oh My Papa, Keep had success at Thabeban Park at the weekend. Photo: Max Fleet/NewsMail Max Fleet

IN HIS time as a harness-greyhound racing writer at the Courier Mail, Gary Keep built up a great working knowledge of the industry.

And he used that to great effect with three winners from three starters at Thabeban Park at the weekend.

One look at the track was all Gotcha Back and Miss Moreish needed and the pair was too good despite the long road trip from their kennels in Burpengary.

Gotcha Back started strong from box 2 and got out to the front and held on to win Fifth grade (460m) and Miss Moreish showed her smarts to come home wide just in front of Passionate Eyes in the third/Fourth (460m).

While Ba Bling ran home strongly to show why she is rated as the best staying bitch in Queensland.

She trailed the first time past the post and ran the rivals down in the straight to win the Fifth grade (550m).

Keep was a sports writer for 33 years and now the self-funded retiree trains his dogs to keep busy.

He says he enjoys his trips to Thabeban Park and the future is bright for the Bundaberg Greyhound Club.

"It's good to see the Bundy club continuing and if they want to get TAB status there is one thing they will have to do," Keep says.

"The track is the best regional track in the state with a nice run home to give the dogs a chance.

"I think they have just got get from eight to 10 races a meeting to get TAB status."


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