The Longevity of the modern day greyhound has been highlighted on more than one occasion in the past number of months. However, a special mention must go to team Burke and their fantastic hound, ‘Bumblebee Kyne’.
An October 12’ whelp, ‘Kyne’ lined out for his 149th race at Galway on Friday night and he produced one of his trademark flying finishes to get up on the line and win by half a length in 29.64 and in turn notch up his 27th victory of what has been an astonishing career thus far.
The son of ‘Head Bound - Menlo Polly’ made his debut way back in July 2014 and it didn’t take long for the Paddy Burke owned dog to make his first appearance in the winner’s enclosure when he won two of his first three starts and has won on each consecutive year since.
Paddy remarks, “Kyne’s temperament has always been strong, an iron dog who touch wood, never shows any signs of injury. We’ll keep him going until the dog tells us otherwise but whenever we do call it a day, he’ll see out his retirement with me”.
Credit must also go to ‘Kynes’ trainer, Paul Burke who along with kennel hand ‘Fiddler’, has maintained this greyhound throughout his career, guiding him to winning stints over no less than four different distances, including 525, 550, 575 and 805 yards. An impressive feat for one of Galway's leading trainers.
Now into his 7th year and having made the frame 93 times in 149 starts, ‘Kyne’ has raced as high as open class and has amassed over €11,000 in prizemoney, suggesting that when the time does come to hang up the muzzle and sheet, Paddy will look back with great fondness on an incredible servant for the kennel.
Pictured in the trap 1 sheet is ‘Bumblebee Kyan’, being led by owner Paddy Burke. Also pictured are trainer Paul Burke and kennel hand ‘Fiddler’.