AT Devonport last Tuesday the formidable combination and inseparable duo Rewind and trainer Maurie Strickland celebrated another victory. Since eclipsing the record for the most number of wins by a Tasmanian greyhound at Devonport on the 23rd April this year, the son of Collide has added four wins to his CV making it so much harder for any dog in the future to better his record.
Tasmanian Hall of Fame inductee Valiant Spirit previously held the record with 54 wins when he raced in the late fifties early sixties winning 12 flat and 42 hurdle victories. Rewind on Tuesday made it 59 wins and 26 minor placings from just 96 starts.
Strickland lives in the small northern town of Bracknell with a population of well under one thousand people but thanks to the local Bracknell General store everyone in the town knows of the exploits of this affable duo. Strickland always talks fondly of his Champion which he purchased as a youngster from breeder Terry Penny and although he won’t admit it, he is seen to be nervous each time his “son” goes around.
Rewind has amassed earnings just short of $230,000 and the way he is running a quarter of a million is not a fantasy figure. With his career as a trainer spanning many decades it is difficult to get out of Strickland just how many years he has been involved, needless to say the last few with his pal by his side would be his most memorable.
That said however he has had some great dogs including Bookie’s Regret, the star hurdler Golden Unicorn and the consistent performer Lucky Louey just to name a few. Rewind is the current Tasmanian Greyhound of the Year and has been runner up in the past two Group One Hobart Thousands and although Strickland wouldn’t confirm a tilt on this year’s race, as he is taking things a start at a time, his wry smile would indicate the dynamic duo would love another shot. With his last win at Hobart producing a time of 25.85 and Tuesday’s win clocking 25.54 there is certainly life in the old boy yet.