Crackerjack Lach, owned and trained at Ararat by Paul Hammerstein, continued his good run at Tara Raceway this year when bringing up his fifth win at last Sunday’s meeting.
Lining up from box seven in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 metres), the 35 kilograms black dog was a clear last early before taking a rails run going out of the first turn.
And after railing through off the back to take the lead, he always had the race in his keeping, eventually running out a three lengths winner over Howling Hoss in 30.16 seconds.
By Cutting Edge out of the Group-placed Maximum Lil – a winner of 16 races and $116,000 in stakemoney – Crackerjack Lach was purchased by Hammerstein from Jordan Cooper of Lethbridge in February this year.
“We’ve certainly had a bit of fun with him,” Hammerstein said after Sunday’s win. “Initially he had a few issues but I believe the finish-on-lure here at Tara Raceway has really helped to turn him around.”
Earlier on Sunday, Hammerstein’s Lightning Gadget raced for the first time at Tara Raceway, chasing Ninkasi throughout before going down by a length in the Commercial Hotel Stake (512 m) in a quick 29.98 seconds.
A 35 kilograms son of Lightning Frank, the black dog is out of Deano’s Gadget, which makes him a litter brother to Chanko Girl, a winner of six races this year at the local track for Hammerstein’s father, Doug.
The widely-travelled father and son team then headed to Murray Bridge for today’s straight track meeting with both Crackerjack Lach and Lightning Gadget looking well suited to that form of racing.
Having their first starts at the track, both greyhounds appeared lost early before finishing strongly in their respective 350 metres events to run close-up thirds.