It was an emotional day at Healesville on Sunday with the first running of the inaugural Brian Davis Memorial – honouring a life member who played a huge role in the Club.
Sunday was a day to celebrate the black and white at both The Healesville Greyhound Racing Association and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, after Pat Me Again took out the Brian Davis Memorial wearing the black and white rug and Brian’s beloved Collingwood won their second game of the 2017 AFL season.WATCH: Pat Me Again take out the Brian Davis Memorial from box two.
Pat Me Again’s victory in the Brian Davis memorial was a fitting one; her trainer Don Jarvis JNR had looked up to Brian since the day they first met.
“It was really rewarding to win the Brian Davis Memorial because I have known Brian since I could walk. It was great that the Club can support the family the way they have – especially with this race,” Pat Me Again’s trainer Don Jarvis JNR said.
“Brian was a character who had the respect of everyone and he is well deserving of the Memorial race in his honour.”
Pat Me Again had race caller James Van de Maat’s support heading into the race, providing punters with a $4.70 winner.
The daughter of Unforgotten and Nolen has now won five races from 15 starts and is becoming a bit of a specialist up the straight at Healesville.
Pat Me Again will next line up at Ballarat on Thursday from box seven.
Litter bother Unbackable, despite the name – took out the ANZAC Sprint Final for owner and trainer Mark Filomeno.
During the Sunday meeting, Healesville Greyhound Racing Association Manager Cynthia O’Brien revealed the black and white garden with Brian’s family watching on.
The garden sits by the observation yard close to the track.
“Every dog and every trainer on the way to the boxes will walk pass the garden and as Brian’s family remarked, ‘he will be able to keep an eye on everything that is happening. He would have loved this spot,’” Cynthia O’Brien said.
Brian’s son Mark Giddings won the third race on the card with La Reina, who has now won three from 17 starts. La Reina missed out on a start in the Brian Davis Memorial after finishing second to Tommy Two, who is trained by Angela Galea in the heats last week.
WATCH: La Reina win the third race from box eight.