By Isaac Murphy
It’s been quite a journey for Peter Sullivan, and the one-time Central Queenslander has gone from the goat works to being one of South-East Queensland’s up-and-coming trainers.
He’s aided by potential superstars Pokie Payout and Brother Jason, who are flying ahead of their Ipswich Young Guns and Group 1 Launching Pad campaigns, and Sullivan is still pinching himself having got to this point.
“I’ve been in the game for 12 years, I came down on a two-week holiday from Charleville and met my partner Felicia Guymer and her father Terry Guymer, bought my first dog with them for $600 and never left, “Sullivan laughed.
“Before I arrived, I’d spent 10 years at the goat works in Charleville and once I got into the greyhound industry I wasn’t going back.
“I owe everything to Felicia and Terry, I probably never would have got into dogs without them and to this day we still work as a tandem, it might be my name down as trainer but it’s a group effort.”
Pokie Payout looked like she would play second fiddle to Brother Jason early days, but she’s come on in leaps and bounds, stunning everyone including her trainer with a stunning run in Saturday night’s Ipswich Young Guns heats.
“She shocked me with the time (30.16), her run-homes have been improving every run but the difference Saturday was her ability to get out and lead, she was able to burn the candle at both ends,” Sullivan said.
“The heat panned out nicely for her from the jump, Cash Stack in the two is slow out and Little Byrnes in the six wasn’t able to get across and contest the lead, the Final will be tougher though.
“For a bitch that’s still only a one-year-old you expect the odd off run, but it just hasn’t come with her every time I turn her out, she’s just getting better.”