By Jordan Gerrans
After decades of learning under her mother and fellow dog lover Diane Hannon, trainer Lyndall Brand is taking all those experiences into her own training journey.
With just two dogs in work in her kennel and having only been licensed since February, Coominya-based trainer Brand heads towards this Saturday night’s Ipswich Derby Final with a dual-pronged attack.
Both out of an Aston Dee Bee and Fernvale Ruby litter, Brand has Feel The Beat jumping from the eight box while kennel mate Light My Flyer will carry the light blue rug after the duo ran second in their individual heats last week.
Feel The Beat and Light My Flyer already have 13 victories between them as young dogs, which fills Brand with pride.
“I was involved in whelping this litter that is racing now as well as the next litter from the dam Fernvale Ruby,” she said.
“I whelped Fernvale Ruby; I have been there from the start with these dogs since their mother starting racing and a pup.
“These two that I am racing now, I am so rapt with their performances, they are really good, honest dogs - they try their hardest.
“They still have a lot of racing and maturing ahead of them, they can only get better I think.”
Brand has learnt all the tricks of the training trade from her mother Hannon, who prepared top chasers such as Fashion Police, White Ox, Fashion Advice and Switch Blade, among others.
Brand refers to herself as “her mum's right hand man” over the years when she was training a much bigger team of dogs than what Hannon has now.
“She is very proud, if she is not at the track after I have a dog race, she will ring me and congratulate me,” she said.
“She is stoked that I have my licence.
“Even though I have always learnt from her, I am always learning new things.
“There is a lot of things I do that she has done and it works for me.”