Classy chaser and race favourite Jethro may have copped a check in running which prevented him from winning Monday nights $7,400 Rapidvite Tasmanian Derby at the Tote Racing Centre, but it didn’t stop master Penguin mentor Butch Deverell from winning the prestigious event for Devonport owner Leigh Alexander.
Missing the early interference, Jethro’s litter-brother and Deverell’s “second-stringer” Beaudine, emerged from the pack to score a resounding victory as a virtually unwanted $10 commodity.
It was Deverell’s fourth win in rich event, which this year attracted a field of highly promising and well related chasers.
“I think the last time I won the Derby was three years ago with Eagle Eye and it is great to win it again this year, although it was disappointing to see Jethro checked and put out of contention,” he recalled this week.
It is common knowledge that the trainer has an extremely high opinion of both chasers and in particular Jethro, which he rates as the fastest greyhound he has had the pleasure of training.
Despite speculation that Jethro may campaign in Victoria, it is now fairly certain that both chasers will be aimed at the upcoming Wrest Point State National Distance Championship Final to be conducted at Tattersalls Park in August.
The winner of that event will progress to the $75,000 Wrest Point National Distance Championship Final to be conducted at Tattersalls Park on August 25.
“I believe that both Jethro and Beaudine will mature into very handy stayers in the not too distant future,” Deverell explained.
Both chasers are members of the Head Bound – It’s A She litter whelped in April 2010, which have taken Tasmania by storm since they commenced racing late last year.
The seven member litter have all won races, 67 in total, with Jethro leading the way with 16 victories to his credit.
In addition Bell Haven (13 wins), Zavance Man (11), Beaudine (8), Tiny Tilly (7), Miss Hetti (7) and Li Li (5) have all created a favourable impression.
Having raced for such a short time, it is reasonable to assume that this litter may very well challenge the 150 win Where’s Pedro – Stylish Dotty litter, for the honour of Tasmania’s “winningest” litter of all time.
Outstanding bitch Bell Haven may also contest the upcoming State National Distance Championship series, as the current Tote Racing Centre 600 metre track record holder.
The Ted Medhurst prepared bitch established the record on June 6 when she recorded a sizzling 34.57 and has since displayed her liking for long distance events by annihilating her opposition on two occasions over 720 metres.
She is raced by trainer Debbie Cannan in partnership with prominent owner Russell Milner and is also shaping up as a great stayer in the making.