Hosking has been hard at work establishing his kennel since arriving three years ago and can’t wait to step out of the bubble for a couple of weeks.
“Since I relocated down to Queensland in 2018, I’ve only had the chance to get up and see family and friends once, with Covid and racing getting in the way,” he said.
“It’s not easy to go on holiday as a greyhound trainer, I was trying to establish myself down here and simply haven’t had the chance to leave the dogs and take a break.
“I wouldn’t change it for anything though, a bitch like Mick’s Recall gets you up every morning, I’m sometimes pinching myself with how far I’ve come.”
Hosking was expecting a much longer journey to get to his current standing, but thanks to his grandad he’s well ahead of schedule.
“There were a lot of unknowns when I first made the move, talking to a lot of greyhound people, you’re not much of anything without a good brood bitch, but little did I know what Paul’s Memory would do for me,” he said.
“Her first litter wasn’t much chop, but the Dyna Double One’s were out of this world, Mick’s Recall, Columbian King, Waddling Witch and Power Point Diva they really set me up.
“We expected it might take us five years to find a good bitch, but my grandad (Mick Emery) had one secretly stashed away, who’s produced more quality bitches that we will breed from.”
Like most trainers, Hosking relies heavily on the help of others behind the scenes and had one particular person he couldn’t have done it without.
“There’s so many people that’ve contributed to where I’m at today but none more so than my partner Chenille Yeomans,” he said.
“People don’t see all the stuff she does behind the scenes and when we go racing someone has to stay at home and man the fort, we make a good team.
“We’re lucky enough to be going to Darwin together, my Mum’s going to come down and stay at home and some good friends of ours Stephen and Karen Tribe have offered to help out while we’re away.”