Many trainers don’t persevere with dogs as long as the Carringtons have with Mitchell John, but it was a good temperament and the want to chase that gave them enough reason to keep him going.
“You can get a bit greedy sometimes wanting a 500-metre dog who’ll run for the big money, but he’s been fantastic over the shorts for us - we’d love a few more of him,” Carrington said.
“We try to keep his mind and body nice and sharp at his age and his couple of runs recently at Capalaba where he was second in his heat and third in the final really seemed to switch him on.
“Having the amount of starts he has I think you naturally get a bit stronger as well, it was the perfect storm for him to have another crack at Albion.”
If it wasn’t for the constant demand for Masters races, the Carringtons wouldn’t experience wins like last week.
“We’re one of many that really appreciate the running of these Masters races, he could never win a Fifth Grade on a Thursday, but in that class he’s a chance and still loves chasing,” Carrington said.
“He only ran moderate time winning and gets in a race this week that looks pretty similar to what he won last week, we didn’t think he’d get one win so he might surprise us with two.
“He’s drawn well out in the six; he knows how to get out of the boxes from all those Ipswich runs, he’ll need to be up there though with strong dogs like Amby’s Dream and Infrared Lad drawn the fence.”
Glen and Patricia have been lifelong servants to the sport and have enjoyed every minute of their unique journey.
“Mount Isa is where started it all for us, Pat and I raced there from when the club was founded to when it closed, we won the last Mount Isa Cup which we’re pretty proud of,” Glen said.
“We went to Townsville in the early 2000s and raced up there and the other northern tracks for about five years before coming to Haigslea 14 years ago.
“We had a lot of different experiences and some great memories wherever we stopped, the industry has been very good to us.”