Caption: Twin brothers Aaron (left) and Hayden Chalmers with their sprinter Consider Me Gone. (Photo: Just Greyhound Photos)
By MIKE HILL
TOOWOOMBA twin brothers Aaron and Hayden Chalmers appear to be blessed with an abundance of patience and perseverance.
While many owners would have given up on a dog still winless after 14 months of racing, it was something that never crossed the minds of the Chalmers boys.
Despite its name, Consider Me Gone, the twins never ever considered throwing in the towel on the first dog they had ever owned.
\”It just didn\’t cross our minds,\” said Aaron Chalmers last month.
\”We might have had to wait more than 12 months for him to win his first race, but we knew it would come eventually.\”
The Thirty Talks-This Time Reba dog, trained by Stella Marschke at Lowood, west of Brisbane, finally broke his maiden at his 59th race start over 520m at Ipswich in mid-October.
The bridle sprinter had begun his career with a sixth placing in a Capalaba Maiden over 366m back on August 9, 2020.
Between then and his first win, Consider Me Gone had collected eight seconds and 14 thirds.
\”We always knew he had the ability to win,\” said Aaron.
\”We just didn\’t think it would take so long.\”
However, their patience and belief in the dog were rewarded again two starts later when Consider Me Gone won a 431m Novice at Ipswich early last month.
\”He\’s just turned three today and we think there are more wins to come,\” said Aaron.
\”We kept on telling him \’we just want to get a photo of you winning buddy so we can hang it on the wall\’.\”
The boys had purchased Consider Me Gone, or \’Tiga\’ as they call him, from breeder Errol Marschke as a pup.
\”We had gone to look at some other dogs, but \’Tiga\’ came up to us and wouldn\’t leave us alone,\” Aaron said.
\”So we decided to get him.\”
The twins, 25, both cabinet makers at Toowoomba firm Aspect Joinery, travel to Lowood once or twice a week to help Stella with the dogs.
They have also purchased another pup from This Time Reba\’s second litter to Zambora Brockie.
\”He\’s about 15 months old and has just been sent away to be broken in,\” Aaron said.
And he admitted they would like to get their trainer\’s licence down the track.
\”Future training is definitely in our plans,\” he said.
\”We\’d like to get into training in a small way at the start and go from there.\”
Aaron said the brothers had caught the greyhound bug a few years back from one of their uncles who had dogs.
Meanwhile, the Shane Topping-trained Jury\’s Out also broke his duck over the 431m at Ipswich last month at his 30th race start.
In a major shock for punters, the brindle sprinter (Jury-Bogie Princess) broke through at the juicy odds of 60-1, getting up in the last few strides.