While All Hands Off is the pick of the bunch, Swain also owns and trains litter mates Tribal Magic, Gloves Back On and Rattle The Cage, all of whom he’s tried to place the best he can in trying circumstances.
“It’s been pretty tough placing the dogs, we’re probably only getting one or two runs a month with them which hasn’t been ideal so as soon as the borders opened, I was on the road up to Albion Park again,” he said.
“With the four Barcia Bale/Fay’s Magic litter mates I just wanted to keep them healthy through the COVID-19 period, because there were races they were missing out on and I wanted to have them all up and running when things got going again.
“I’ve tried to use the time wisely and All Hands Off especially hasn’t put a foot wrong at Lismore winning in top company, she went five out of six in her time at the track - she’s a professional little bitch that just kept improving.”
Swain knows he’s dealing with a serious race bitch in All Hands Off, the type of greyhound he’s only had once before.
“I haven’t had too many with the talent of All Hands Off, one of similar ability was Tray Bit who won the Ipswich Auction series in 2018,” he said.
“I took him to Albion Park, and he ran 29.80 first look and shortly after broke two bones in his back foot and never reached those same heights when he came back, I’m not taking All Hands Off’s success for granted.”
Despite the bitch’s impressive body of work, Swain knows she has greater things in front of her, and everything she’s doing is pointing to a future Group bitch.
“I’m pretty certain she can go to that next level, she’s won eleven races but nothing big yet, but with the times she’s running I’m hoping it’s a matter of time,” Swain said.
“She’s run just outside the 520 Lismore track record and the sprint trip record at Lismore as well, she’s about a length off both of those records.
“It’s good to see her do it over the sprint trip, it just keeps her fresh for her 500s and you know she can really get out of the box quickly and go if she’s running that time at home.”