Nana's Habit returned to the race track for the first time in 10 months last Friday, providing a huge thrill for owner Luke Anderson and trainer Michaele Alderdice.
After injuring a stopper bone during a win at Canberra in May of last year, Anderson purchased this daughter of Oaks Road and Nana Cook as a broodbitch for his group 1 champion Ando's Mac.
"I solely brought her as a broodbitch to use over Ando's Mac, as they felt she would not race again," he said.
"I was going to use Ando's Mac as her second litter and I planned to use Barcia Bale for her first litter."
When Nana's Habit unexpectedly came on season within a week of Anderson taking ownership, he decided to put her back into work.
"We decided to put her into work as her stopper bone seemed fine," he said.
"Her chest muscles were injured, so we fixed them with the help of our muscle man, Barry Richardson.
"I worked her up the straight a lot and she was going good, so we took her to Ladbrokes Gardens to trial and she went OK."
With some pleasing progress for Anderson and partner Michaele, tragedy struck during a trial at Maitland, resulting in a cracked fibula.
"I felt she would just stay on the couch after that," he said. "Barry Robinson convinced me to keep going, so we fixed her fibula and done the same routine as before.
"Her times were a little off the pace and she was cramping up, so we got blood tests done and help from Jason Mackay and Anthony Azzopardi, we were able to fix the blood and cramping."
With the assistance of champion conditioners Mackay and Azzopardi, Anderson began to see an improvement in his chaser within two weeks.
Stepping out in a fifth-grade event over 515 metres from box two, Nana's Habit scored by one and half lengths, clocking a smart time of 29.82.
"Obviously winning the Melbourne Cup with Ando's Mac stands above the rest, but getting her back to the race track with the help of my father, Barry Robinson, Noelene Holloway, Jason Mackay and Anthony Azzopardi, was an awesome feeling for Michaele and I," he said.
Last Friday's victory was the sixth of her career from just 10 starts.
* THE greyhound racing community has rallied around much-loved participant Kevin Crowfoot.
Kevin suffered a stroke at Easter and some very close friends, including fellow trainer Raelee Shearer, worked tirelessly to organise the "Kick in for Kev" fundraiser.
The fundraising efforts concluded with the running of the "Kick in for Kev" final over 515m, won by Hombre Montana for Richard Stock.
The group raised $12,110.
Thank you to all the organisers and to those who donated prizes, auction items and money. Get well soon Kev!
* LOCK in your diary.
The club's flagship event, the Group Two Sires On Ice Black Top final, is edging closer, with heats to the conducted on Friday, August 18, over 515m.
Successful greyhounds will vie for a winner’s purse of $40,000 a week later, with a number of supporting events to be run and won on the night.