Penguin Man in perfect start

Wagga man Chris Wilson believes his luck with dogs has definitely changed.

SMASHING WIN: Penguin Man ran away from his rivals to take out the opening race at Wagga on Friday to make it three wins from three starts. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

SMASHING WIN: Penguin Man ran away from his rivals to take out the opening race at Wagga on Friday to make it three wins from three starts. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wilson had his faithful red cattle dog Bonzer taken, before a large social media campaign saw the dog return home.

Now he’s having luck with a different bred of dog – greyhound Penguin Man.

Penguin Man made it three wins from as many starts with an impressive victory at Wagga on Friday.

Coming off two wins at Temora, Penguin Man streeted his rivals in the Get Well Danny Smith Stakes (320m).

Jumping well from box one, Penguin Man ($2.50) never looked like getting headed in an action-packed race.

Three rivals including his main danger Little Whacko ($3.10) found trouble as the home straight approached, allowing Penguin Man to kick away.

Running a slick time of 18.55 seconds, Penguin Man defeated Take The Spot ($8.80) by 9½ lengths.

Wilson has over the moon with his efforts, even if it did take trainer Barry Hull some convincing to condition the dog initially.

“Barry Hull said 'oh I don’t really want another dog’ but I said he had to take it as he’s a good pup,” Wilson said.

“We took it and it’s put another spring in his step.

“Everyone is really excited about it.”

The veteran trainer missed some of the on track excitement as he’s away holidaying in Tasmania.

Rod Oakman and Peter Sims shared overall training honours.

Both claimed two wins on the 10-race card, including a first win at start six for Oakman’s Uno Scout, who scored by four lengths.