He is WA’s quickest canine and will be running for glory tonight to help lift the spirits of the man he was named after.
Mr Weston bought his first greyhound in 1966 after befriending Barry “Augie” Augustine, a chef from Victoria’s Langi Kal Kal Prison.
Mr Augustine has been hanging on all of West On Augie’s 30 race victories recently as he battles serious illness that has left him in a Ballarat hospital.
West On Augie was named WA Greyhound of the Year on Sunday and will lead the local charge against interstate invaders in the annual Perth Cup series, which starts at Cannington.
The greyhound’s honour came just a week after Mr Weston’s former star Blue Echo was inducted into the WA Racing Hall of Fame.
“The past week has been fairly hectic but really enjoyable,” Mr Weston said.
“Blue Echo was a really good race-dog and also a really good watchdog.
“Augie is a different kettle of fish all together, with very much his own personality and if he could win for Augie (Mr Augustine), it would be very emotional.”
The national greyhound industry was rocked by the NSW live-baiting scandal that tarnished the reputation of all participants.
But Mr Weston said it was unfair to apply a broad brush to the WA industry he loved and respected.
“Greyhound racing in WA is very well managed and a great sport for all participants,” he said. “The problems over east were terrible for the image of greyhound racing but there have been some positives from the bad situation with much greater emphasis on animal welfare.”