You don’t see many eighteen-year-old trainers and Crick believes the more young people that get involved in the sport the better.
“It’s something I hope we see more of, young trainers coming through there just aren’t enough of them and if he can go out and make a name for himself hopefully a few others will try their hand,” Crick said.
“He’s already got a couple of dogs up from owners in Sydney to train, which is a great sign people are trusting him with their dogs already.”
The Crick’s are looking to tick off their Young Guns goal this weekend, but already have another target - the circle at Albion where the trainer thinks the dog will go as well as he does up the straight.
“His record as it stands at Capalaba is outstanding and it’s great the club have races like this on for dogs like him, but we see his future around the circle at Albion, that’s where he’ll be headed after this week,” he said.
“His one vice is his box manners; he can dwell at the start but he’s able to recover a bit better at Capalaba than on a two turn track.
“He’s a young dog – 27-months-old- I’ve got no doubt he’ll be a top grader at headquarters when the time is right.”
Crick spent the past few years trying to establish his own line, but as is often the case things just didn’t work out, which led him to Mob Deep.
“We tried our hand at breeding and just couldn’t find the right match, so we sent the litters to the GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) and were in a position where we had to go out and buy a few,” Crick said.
“We got this guy off Brett Hazelgrove who we know produces good dogs and I always said to Flynn ‘you’ve got to keep class’ and that’s what we got with Mob Deep.
“We’ve got six in the kennels at the moment and eight pups ranging from six to 12 months out of Zambora Brockie which we are very excited about.”
Greyhound racing is a family institution for the Crick’s who have successfully mixed business with pleasure for years, but watch out once Flynn gets up and running.
“Our family have been in dogs for a number of years, starting out from the punting side of things; we would have two or three dogs but loved to have a bet when we thought they could win,” Crick said.
“I never wanted to be a big-time trainer personally; I get a lot of joy out of running my business as well, but I think once Flynn gets started he wants to go all the way with it.
“I’m fortunate enough to work for myself and there’s nothing like going to the track with Flynn and watching the dog win a big race like the Young Guns heat.”