Beck And Call set tongues wagging with a 19.68 second winning debut, while Don’t Tell Helen won her debut by more than 10 lengths then posted a time of 19.86 seconds at her second start.
“I broke them in and knew from day one that they had ability,” Bourke said.
“We always felt the mother was going to be a good brood bitch, so Greg spoke to me and asked if I’d be interested in going halves in a litter.
“David Brasch wrote the breeding report for us and he came up with Bekim Bale. I know he wasn’t a terribly popular sire, but he matched everything she had in her.
“Beck And Call sustained an injury at his second start but he’s fine and will be back on the track in a few weeks.
“Helen is a nice little girl. She’s not as fast as the other dogs but she’ll pay her way.”
Bourke’s involvement in greyhounds was sparked by her late husband Bruce, who had always taken an interest.
“One day he came to the shop where I was working and told me he bought a pup and that was the start of it,” Bourke said.
“Once we had one, we had two, then three and four and I couldn’t shake the bug.”
Bourke said at one point the family had a rather large kennel but for the time being, she’s happy to just have four.
“The love of the greyhound gets me out of bed in the morning,” she said.
Bourke said she was a big believer in starting young dogs off down the straight at Capalaba, particularly dogs that are large in stature.
“They have trialled at Albion and gone really well but, particularly with big dogs, you don’t want to push them too much,” she said.
“One of them is 37kg and the other two are 38.5kg and they’ve still got a lot of learning to do … I don’t think they’ll get much bigger, I hope.”
She said it was great to see the Capalaba club reaping the rewards of many years hard work.
“It has certainly gone ahead from the old days when we raced for $300 per win," she said.