With much of the hype directed towards Bell Haven’s Sydney Cup win, many have forgotten that fellow Tasmanian, and littermate, Jethro is also racing on the mainland. With a terrific record on the Apple Isle, Kel Greenough has recently been given the task of taking Jethro’s career to the next step, and Saturday night he showed he is definitely heading in the right direction.
Many saw the huge finish he produced in the National Distance Final on home soil, where he took considerable ground off Miata and Irma Bale. Since his arrival in the Greenough kennels, he’s had two runs around Sandown Park’s sprint trip, missing the kick on both occasions and steaming home to wind-up fourth and third in consecutive weeks.
However with a good inside draw, and the extra 85 metres, Jethro produced a strong chasing performance to win at The Meadows last Saturday in convincing fashion, running 34.57, and looks destined to return to the favourable longer trips very shortly.
Both Bell Haven and Jethro had substantial sprinting careers before trying their hand at staying, with Jethro having the better of it in the early days, including a 29.56 run around the 515m of Launceston. While the success of the April 2010 Head Bound –It’s a She litter is well known around our southernmost state, it has yet to really be appreciated across the broader greyhound community.
Other than the two chasers mentioned above who have combined for 37 wins and 22 placings, the litter also contains Beaudine (9 Wins, 20 placings), Li Li (8 wins, 3 placings), Miss Hetti (9 wins, 12 placings) Tiny Tilly (8 wins, 14 placings) and Zavance Man (12 wins, 5 placings) combining for a staggering total of 83 wins and 76 placings.
While all of the above chasers would generally be classified as strong types who are found running-on late, the second litter produced by It’s a She – to multiple Group 1 winner Dyna Lachlan – has produced a fawn dog by the name of She’s All Class. This youngster has stepped out three times for three wins, exploding to the front on all three occasions, displaying the versatility of this wonderful brood, and is sure to be a name you will hear more of.
It’s a She only raced 15 times herself, across Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, for 5 wins, and was part of the Bond –Iza Tora litter which contained group-performed sprinter Mr Metz.
The dominance of the It’s a She greyhounds continues an interesting recent trend which sees many of the superstars of Tassie racing being part of dominant litters. The most obvious example is the Lilli Pilli Lad-Chinatown Babe litter of Chinatown Lad/Fallen Zorro fame, however those with good memories may recall others such as Trendy Leigh – Sonic Acclaim (Supa Snoop, Supa Alpine, Supa Spectre etc), Knockabout Wok-Lunawanna (Little Marsh, Coolangatta, Cape Bruny etc), Where’s Pedro-Stylish Dotty (Fisherman, Pedro Pronto, Stylish Monty etc) and even as far back as Black Shiraz – Helena’s Fire (Top Shiraz, Fine Horizon) amongst many, many others.
It says a lot for the breeding industry of what is still considered a minnow state, and continues to show that good dogs are good dogs, no matter where they originate.