Classy youngster Yappin’Jack provided ace trainer Mick Stringer with his first taste of Illingworth Classic glory when he blitzed his rivals in Monday night’s feature.
Beginning brilliantly from the green box, the son of Aston Galilee was quickly in command of the situation and then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, eventually winning by five lengths while covering the 515 metre trip in a scintillating 29.55.
Returning a win dividend of $3.70, the chaser defeated Gracie ($17.70) and Jack O’Reilly ($4.50), with the well supported race favourite Bell Oh Moss ($2.80) a handy fourth.
Yappin’Jack’s outstanding win continued the great run of success being experienced by Westbury owner – breeders Bill and Anne Witherden.
At their initial attempt at breeding, the now retired couple mated their bitch Patsy Anne with Aston Galilee and the resultant litter of ten has included the winners Battek Boss, Hindsight, Teddy Tom Boy, Orange Boy and Sentry Duty, in addition to Yappin’ Jack, the winner of eight of his 12 outings.
Stringer also has a very high opinion of another of the litter in Oscar Ralph, which at this stage of proceedings is displaying plenty of potential without actually greeting the judge.
“It gave us a wonderful thrill to win such a prestigious event as the Illingworth Classic, we are over the moon,” Bill Witherden explained on Tuesday.
“Mick Stringer has done a great job with our greyhounds and we couldn’t be happier.”
It is believed that the master trainer will give Yappin’Jack a brief respite, before targeting the Country Derby series at the Devonport Raceway.
The Witherden’s are now rearing eight seven-week old pups from Patsy Anne by Lochinvar Marlow and are naturally hoping that they also, will prove to be competent chasers.
Meanwhile classy bitch She’s All Class was back to her absolute brilliant best at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when she blew her rivals away in Division 5 of the WHK Classic (452 metres).
Coming from the black box, the daughter of Dyna Lachlan flew the lids and in the twinkling of an eye had put five lengths on her rivals.
That advantage was extended to almost ten lengths on the wire, the clock having been stopped at a sizzling 25.30.
It has been sometime since that time was recorded at the venue, the track record 25.13 for the distance having been established back in 2000 by the standout Lilli Pilli Lad.
She’s All Class, a member of successful brood bitch It’s A She’s second litter, is very lightly raced due to injury, her current lifetime record an impressive six victories from ten lifetime outings.
“It’s not often they run that time at the Devonport Raceway,” trainer David Crosswell explained after the race.
“She injured a toe and I had it removed, which meant that she was off the scene for quite a while recuperating.”
The Longford based Crosswell is uncertain about the bitches immediate future, but it is highly likely that he will target the Country Oaks following next week’s WHK Classic Final.