By Isaac Murphy
Cosmo Bill’s career reads 200 starts, 70 wins, 54 minor placings and $138,000 in prize money.
Cyndie and Bill Elson’s six-year-old marvel celebrated his double century in last Sunday’s 331-metre Best 8 at Albion Park with a gallant third behind Queensland’s best up-and-comers, and the milestone gave Cyndie time to reflect on the “one in a million” career which started way back in 2016.
“He’s such an easy dog to train, he’s been doing it for so long now that it’s like clockwork for him,” Cyndie Elson said.
“I think we’ve been a bit spoilt with his long career, we haven’t realised what a big deal 200 starts is until all the people who have reached out over the last week.
“In all our time in racing I think only Cyndie’s Magic has been as durable as him, we only retired her to have pups at five, but he’s still racing at six which puts him in a league of his own.
“He’s such a good sturdy dog, he doesn’t overexert himself at home, you don’t have to worry about trialling him, he just goes out in the pen every day, has a run around with the pups and that’s it - there’s no big secret to it.”
The dog has been in a battle for all-time wins with Cosmic Bonus, with Queensland’s grading system meaning he’s had to try to do it in the best possible company.
“I think we’ll get a true appreciation for him once his career is over, the 70 wins is probably an even bigger milestone as he’s second all-time to only Cosmic Bonus, and if you think about all the dogs that’ve raced over the years that’s a huge achievement,” Elson said.
“With our grading system up here he’s always racing in the best company and while he hasn’t been winning lately, he’s coming up against gun young dogs that are four years younger than him and giving them a run for their money.
“He might have lost a yard or two in pace but considering his first start was back in 2016, to still be so competitive is pretty amazing.”