WARRNAMBOOL footballer Jackson Bell will leave the training track early tonight and scoot across town to make a start on a second fledgling sporting career.
The promising Blues midfielder has jumped into greyhound training and has his first runner in a meeting at Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club tonight.
Bell, 19, owned Warunda Magic before taking on the training duties about a month ago too.
“It’s the first run for me. I own it but Kevin Mugavin used to train it,” he said.
“He said ‘do you want to have a go at training?’
“I get up in the mornings and walk him and take him to the beach and run him.”
Bell said he was unsure of Warunda Magic’s chances in the 390-metre race.
It will start out of box seven.
“He shouldn’t go too bad but I don’t want to pump him up in case he doesn’t do anything,” he said.
Bell said his boss Stuart Bishop also trained a dog — Courtesy.
The Blues premiership player said he was excited about his first race.
“I am getting a bit nervous. Stuey is stirring me up about it all,” he said.
“I am leaving (training) early — I have already asked the coach.”
Warrnambool started its Hampden league premiership defence with an 86-point thumping of rival South Warrnambool on Saturday.
Bell said it was a confidence-boosting start for the Blues.
“It was a good win last week,” he said.
“I am feeling a bit sore and struggling to get up in the mornings to walk him (Warunda Magic).”
Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club will run one of its biggest meetings, the Classic, on April 30.