What a night on the 10th April 2012 at Sheffield, the Category 1 final of the 3 Steps to Victory live on Sky. The only dog in the line up which I had been working on throughout the competition was Clerihan Gold and despite his excellent form was allowed to go off the 25/1 outsider of the field. Fortunately the dog did not know his price as he trapped well, got a good position early and then ground out a well derserved big race success for him as well as his fantastic trainer John Sharp. Many thanks to David Yanez of Yan Photography for his excellent images below and in all the galleries.
My interest in racing greyhounds started when I was a young boy being taken to Romford Greyhound Stadium by my grandfather.
Many years later I became an owner and soon became aware how injuries plagued the racing greyhound and I became more and more interested in the the therapy aspect of the racing greyhound.
I decided to learn everything possible about animal anatomy, movement and the muscular make up.
I returned to college and successfully completed courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology (Diploma), Swedish Massage (Diploma) and Sports Massage and Therapy (Diploma), Anatomy and Physiology (Canine) all over a four year period.
Having this solid grounding in Massage and Therapy has given me a true insight into the stresses and strains the greyhounds body is subjected to after any physical exertion and the vital role therapy plays not just in treating injuries but preventing them also.
Why give a dog a massage?
Human athletes never race without a warm up and even a warm down, muscles need stretching and massage to ensure they operate at their absolute peak. This preventative action against injury helps identify early symptoms or tenderness and is theraputic in its value by relaxing the mind as well as the body.
It is exactly the same for the greyhound athlete only they cannot tell you what hurts. It is the expertise of the therapist that can identify sore areas, soft tissue damage or variations in gait action and work to eliviate any problems before they escalate.
So what can be done to help your greyhound?
I have had outstanding results for my pre-race full massage especially two days before a race.
The benefits of this I mention above, notably it gives a chance to remove residual stiffness in the greyhound by providing an all over tone to the key muscle groups that will come under severe pressure during an actual race.
It has been proven time and again that preparing a greyhound in this way vastly reduces the instances of injuries and by following up a post race check up, any minor niggles are eradicated before they develop into more serious complaints.
Can you guarantee success?
The experience I have gained treating greyhounds means that I am very confident in detecting injuries , the testimonials on my site are all from trainers and owners that have used my services in the past and are happy to use me again in the future. Dogs of the calibre of Milly Marina (pic right), Jesters Nap, Penskey John and Dutch Hawk to name but a few have all dramatically improved after treatment.
What area do you cover?
I am based at Wickhambrook near Newmarket in Suffolk, I travel to many kennels in the Midlands and the North and will always endevour to visit establishments further afield if there are a number of dogs to check.
I am happy to meet clients at pre arranged locations to ease travel times for both parties.
I am more than happy for clients to visit me at my home and always provide a warm welcome to everyone.