By Jordan Gerrans
To train a metropolitan Thursday evening winning double, that is as good as collecting a Group level race for Palm Beach trainer Corey Mutton.
Dubbed the “Mutton Man” by leading race caller John 'Bunny' Brasch, Mutton went back-to-back in the fifth and sixth event on Thursday night from the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club as Mink Lake and Zulu Rapid both saluted.
Mutton can recall training doubles at tracks such as Ipswich, Grafton and Capalaba earlier in his career but never before at Albion Park under the brightest lights.
Mutton, a father of a greyhound-loving daughter, says the winning double is about satisfaction, backing himself in and pulling off the significant result.
“For a trainer to get a double on a Thursday night, it is as good as winning a Group race – well it is for me anyway,” Mutton said.
“I only have three 520-metre dogs. It was a really good result as the dogs have been consistent.
“It was fitting, as a trainer, to get these two to win together.
“It has been a long ride but when you pull the results off, it is very rewarding.”
A former carpenter during the week, Mutton has called time on his tenure as a tradesman, opting to have a full-time crack at training his team of greyhounds.
He has eight in work, four running around regularly and four pups, who are making their way through.
Zulu Rapid is a product of Zulu Lodge, a premier Greyhound rearing centre on the New South Wales Coast, and Mutton is more than happy to do business with the professional operation.
Zulu Rapid’s victory was extra sweet for the Mutton kennel after the bitch did not race from August of last year until March of 2021 with a severe injury.