Outstanding young chaser Jethro had never led in a race until he contested Semi Final 3 of the Launceston Veterinary Hospital Breeders Classic (515 metres) at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night, but it came as no surprise to trainer Butch Deverell.
“His box manners have been improving gradually and I have been working on it for a while now, but once he did pounce on the lead I knew it was all over,” he explained this week.
Jethro ran his rivals ragged in the event, eventually winning by ten lengths in a sizzling 29.56, making him the fastest qualifier for the rich Breeders Classic Final on Monday night, which carries a first prize of $5,000 plus a $4,500 breeders bonus.
Deverell also qualified Jethro’s litter brother Beaudine for the event when that chaser recorded a slightly slower 30.21 in winning Semi Final 2 by five lengths.
Four members of the highly successful Leigh Alexander bred Head Bound – It’s A She litter will contest Monday night’s feature, with the Gary Johnson prepared Tiny Tilly and the Ted Medhurst prepared Bell Haven, also making the field.
The Deverell runners have drawn alongside each other in boxes 2 and 3, with Tiny Tilly in box 4 and Bell Haven in box 5.
The Penguin based trainer has won the Launceston version of the Breeders Classic Final “four or five times previously” and can distinctly remember the first occasion in the early 1980’s when he was successful with the bitch Our Sharlene.
“In those days it was possible to contest the event in consecutive years, but the rules were subsequently altered – I won the first year but failed to qualify her the next year,” he explained.
Meanwhile Richmond trainer Margaret Rossendell dominated proceedings at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting by winning three races on a ten event card.
At the previous meeting her team failed to live up to expectations, but made amends this week when Caramel Fudge, Canadian Bay and Sofia Elise all greeted the judge.
“Last time we came up it was a very hot day and for some reason my greyhounds did not travel well at all, but this week they settled down nicely and raced accordingly,” she explained.
Caramel Fudge, a bitch by Where’s Pedro from the Token Prince bitch Franklin Sand, appears to have a bright future and has now won two of her only three Tasmanian starts.
“When she was sent to me I was told that she wouldn’t run past another dog, but that problem has been rectified and I think she can win more races for me,” Rossendell explained.
Another of the Rossendell team in the very smart Franklin Bluboy made every post a winner from the red box in the Scott James Grade 5 event, but was run down in the shadows of the post by the Maurie Strickland prepared Simply Wunder.
Best known as the owner – trainer of the top chaser Rewind, which will contest this week’s Golden Easter Egg heats at Wentworth Park in Sydney, Strickland has now won two in a row with the son of Where’s Pedro, which has improved greatly in recent weeks.
LAUNCESTON VETERINARY HOSPITAL BREEDERS CLASSIC FINAL (515 METRES)
1. Emerald Lee
4. Tiny Tilly
5. Bell Haven
6. Leica Turbo
7. Winklee Venus
8. Daisy Dasher
9. Uncle Jed
10. Grand Slam Sam