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Meet the Team

Making It Happen

Dale Shaw

Syndicate Founder

Dale has been at the heart and soul of our Greyhound Syndicate since the start.  If you have any questions about Boom Syndicate and what we’re all about, Dale is your go-to source. After running horse racing syndicates over the years Dale took the decision to form a Greyhound syndicate with a few friends backing in the summer of 2018 the syndicate has been/currently are involved with 5 dogs with huge success working together with Tom Heilbron our trainer. Dale and Tom have strong communication and collectively as a syndicate we discuss eveything. Both the syndicate and Tom share the same ambition and hopefully can build on what we have achieved and reach our goal of a cat1 winner for the syndicate. There is no reason why this can't happen we know we have one of the best if not THE best trainers at the Newcastle track where our dogs run.

The syndicates first winner and dog was a brindled dog called "cantbeahero" who won by over 5 lengths in a sprint, unfortunately he pulled a muscle in a later race, he was given time to build back up but sadly it wasn't as strong as before so at just 3 years old he was retired from racing with the dogs best interests at heart and "hero" is now living with Dale and his family and is very well looked after and is of course a very important family member.

Tom Heilbron

Proffesional Greyhound Trainer

Tom is the chosen trainer for the syndicate and operates from Link Kennels based in Trimdon Village, operating from the Newcastle track. 

Tom is passionate about what he does and ensures the dogs welfare is number 1 priority in everything he does, he has a good team behind him and is transforming upgrading his kennels, His dogs get the best of everything and the kennels development will make things that bit better for all.

Tom became Britain's youngest "Proffesional" trainer back in 2017, 

AS a teenage boy, Tom Heilbron’s dreams were inspired by a gentle, black and white greyhound so badly injured that a vet’s advice was to end its life.

Through heart-warming dedication, Tom not only saved the greyhound, but transformed him into a champion on the track.

Now, 12 years down the line, Tom’s dream has come true after qualifying as Britain’s youngest professional greyhound trainer at 26, with plans for one of the country’s best training centres on farmland in the heart of County Durham.

The seeds were sown in Heighington, near Darlington, when Tom was 14 and he and his younger brother Paul were given a greyhound puppy for Christmas. His mother and father, Tina and Kevin, had finally succumbed to the boys’ persistent requests to get a dog.

He was named Dash and he turned out to be fast enough to be a racer. Sadly, in only his second race, Dash had a catastrophic fall at Wheatley Hill, suffering life-threatening injuries.

Speaking from his training base, at Trimdon, there’s still emotion in Tom’s voice when he looks back.

“He tore his biceps, triceps and chest tendons. It was so bad the vet said he’d never walk again. He suggested it would be better to put him down, but we couldn’t do that, not in a million years.”

For months, young Tom slept next to Dash on the living room floor, nursing him and carrying him outside if he needed to answer nature’s call. Dash was also taken for regular sessions at a dog swimming pool and gradually rebuilt his strength.

His rehabilitation was so successful Dash was able to return to racing and, astonishingly, won his first comeback race by five lengths. Under the racing name of Another Link, he went on to win 14 races and holds the record at Wheatley Hill for five consecutive wins in regraded handicaps.

In recognition of their devotion, Tom and Paul were honoured at The Northern Echo’s Local Heroes ceremony in 2006, with Middlesbrough footballer Jonathan Woodgate presenting the award and Dash making a surprise appearance from backstage.

Tom, who still keeps his beloved dog’s ashes, said after his racing career, Dash had a happy retirement and died last year.

Dash remains the inspiration behind Tom’s passion for the sport. He was granted a greyhound trainer’s licence in 2014 and now, after training a string of winners, it has been upgraded to a fully-fledged professional trainer’s licence, with Tom contracted to Newcastle Greyhound Stadium.

“The initial licence was a kind of apprenticeship and the professional trainer’s licence means you’re qualified to train any number of dogs, providing you have the right facilities,” he explains.

In that respect, Tom has big plans. He’s converting a barn at Trimdon, where he will live with finance, Demi, and two-year-old son, Freddie. On adjacent land, there will soon be a sand gallop, dog swimming pool and paddocks. Link Kennels sounds more like a spa hotel for greyhounds than a training centre! Exciting times ahead for Tom and we wish to be part of them.


 

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Making It Happen

Dale Shaw

Syndicate Founder

Dale has been at the heart and soul of our Greyhound Syndicate since the start.  If you have any questions about Boom Syndicate and what we’re all about, Dale is your go-to source. After running horse racing syndicates over the years Dale took the decision to form a Greyhound syndicate with a few friends backing in the summer of 2018 the syndicate has been/currently are involved with 5 dogs with huge success working together with Tom Heilbron our trainer. Dale and Tom have strong communication and collectively as a syndicate we discuss eveything. Both the syndicate and Tom share the same ambition and hopefully can build on what we have achieved and reach our goal of a cat1 winner for the syndicate. There is no reason why this can't happen we know we have one of the best if not THE best trainers at the Newcastle track where our dogs run.

The syndicates first winner and dog was a brindled dog called "cantbeahero" who won by over 5 lengths in a sprint, unfortunately he pulled a muscle in a later race, he was given time to build back up but sadly it wasn't as strong as before so at just 3 years old he was retired from racing with the dogs best interests at heart and "hero" is now living with Dale and his family and is very well looked after and is of course a very important family member.

Tom Heilbron

Proffesional Greyhound Trainer

Tom is the chosen trainer for the syndicate and operates from Link Kennels based in Trimdon Village, operating from the Newcastle track. 

Tom is passionate about what he does and ensures the dogs welfare is number 1 priority in everything he does, he has a good team behind him and is transforming upgrading his kennels, His dogs get the best of everything and the kennels development will make things that bit better for all.

Tom became Britain's youngest "Proffesional" trainer back in 2017, 

AS a teenage boy, Tom Heilbron’s dreams were inspired by a gentle, black and white greyhound so badly injured that a vet’s advice was to end its life.

Through heart-warming dedication, Tom not only saved the greyhound, but transformed him into a champion on the track.

Now, 12 years down the line, Tom’s dream has come true after qualifying as Britain’s youngest professional greyhound trainer at 26, with plans for one of the country’s best training centres on farmland in the heart of County Durham.

The seeds were sown in Heighington, near Darlington, when Tom was 14 and he and his younger brother Paul were given a greyhound puppy for Christmas. His mother and father, Tina and Kevin, had finally succumbed to the boys’ persistent requests to get a dog.

He was named Dash and he turned out to be fast enough to be a racer. Sadly, in only his second race, Dash had a catastrophic fall at Wheatley Hill, suffering life-threatening injuries.

Speaking from his training base, at Trimdon, there’s still emotion in Tom’s voice when he looks back.

“He tore his biceps, triceps and chest tendons. It was so bad the vet said he’d never walk again. He suggested it would be better to put him down, but we couldn’t do that, not in a million years.”

For months, young Tom slept next to Dash on the living room floor, nursing him and carrying him outside if he needed to answer nature’s call. Dash was also taken for regular sessions at a dog swimming pool and gradually rebuilt his strength.

His rehabilitation was so successful Dash was able to return to racing and, astonishingly, won his first comeback race by five lengths. Under the racing name of Another Link, he went on to win 14 races and holds the record at Wheatley Hill for five consecutive wins in regraded handicaps.

In recognition of their devotion, Tom and Paul were honoured at The Northern Echo’s Local Heroes ceremony in 2006, with Middlesbrough footballer Jonathan Woodgate presenting the award and Dash making a surprise appearance from backstage.

Tom, who still keeps his beloved dog’s ashes, said after his racing career, Dash had a happy retirement and died last year.

Dash remains the inspiration behind Tom’s passion for the sport. He was granted a greyhound trainer’s licence in 2014 and now, after training a string of winners, it has been upgraded to a fully-fledged professional trainer’s licence, with Tom contracted to Newcastle Greyhound Stadium.

“The initial licence was a kind of apprenticeship and the professional trainer’s licence means you’re qualified to train any number of dogs, providing you have the right facilities,” he explains.

In that respect, Tom has big plans. He’s converting a barn at Trimdon, where he will live with finance, Demi, and two-year-old son, Freddie. On adjacent land, there will soon be a sand gallop, dog swimming pool and paddocks. Link Kennels sounds more like a spa hotel for greyhounds than a training centre! Exciting times ahead for Tom and we wish to be part of them.