In a very open betting race, it was Crackerjack Dak (1) who emerged victorious in the final of the Victorian National Sprint at The Meadows on Saturday night.
The son of Mogambo and Lil’s Memory (Bombastic Shiraz – We Owe Heaps) was drawn to do well and he used the rails alley to his advantage to take the lead early and stay there.
Racing was tight in the first few strides as Cosmic Wise (3), Marcus Joe (5), Mepunga Armagh (6) and Buckle Up Mason (7) fought for the sit behind Crackerjack Dak. Cosmic Wise couldn’t sustain the early pace and was back in the field before the post the first time and this allowed Marcus Joe the run across to the rail. Mepunga Armagh slotted into third. Buckle Up Mason couldn’t overcome being posted wide and had to settle for fourth.
Crackerjack Dak was going well out front with the race on for second and third between Mepunga Armagh and Marcus Joe. As the greyhounds crossed the line, Crackerjak Dak had a margin of one and three quarter lengths over Marcus Joe with Mepunga Armagh a head away in third. The winning time was 30.05.
Crackerjak Dak has now won 17 from 40 and he will head across to Cannington with trainer Andrea Dailly to represent Victoria in the National Sprint final. While Victoria has taken out the National Sprint title on a number of occasions, it is yet to succeed in doing so at Cannington.
Crackerjak Dak’s win followed on from litter sister Maximum Lil earlier in the night and ended a good week for sire Mogambo (Where’s Pedro and Zarbo), who has qualified two runners in the National Sprint as his son Wild Soul took out the South Australian title on Thursday night.