There have been some big characters over the years at Greyhounds WA, but they don’t come much bigger (or badder) than Max Julien.
Max has served as president of WAGBOTA and has had a successful career spanning 40 years in the greyhound racing industry.
Back in the days of our Oscar-winning show Grey Matters, the very sight of Max would spark fear in the heart of race caller Ryan Levitzke, not least because his Grey Matters co-host ‘The Knocker’ would consistently knock Max’s champion greyhound Miss Slick… at one stage ‘putting the mozza’ on her an unprecedented two weeks in a row.
When Ryan finally drummed up the courage to interview Max he tipped Miss Slick to run ’30 dead’, and he wasn’t far wrong… she clocked 30.02 around the old Cannington 530m circuit in the 2008 WA Oaks heat, before going on to win the Oaks Final a week later. In 2009 she backed up this performance by taking home a handy $140,000 for first place in the Perth Cup, along with the auspicious title of Greyhound of the Year for her efforts.
Miss Slick placed in her first 15 races, ultimately producing an enviable career record of 30 wins and 33 places in 100 starts, almost all of which were amongst tough company in city class racing at Cannington.
Max ‘Bad Santa’ Julien and his irrepressible wife Pam are still familiar faces around Cannington and while some might say he’s mellowed over the years, others would say he’s badder than ever.
We’ve managed to track down the entire WA racing career of Miss Slick, as well as some classic footage of Max – the good, the bad, and of course… the really, really bad.