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Connections happy to settle for a dead-heat
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
When Serviceton greyhound Two Jobs opened up a handy break down the back straight in last Sunday’s Produce Store Mixed Stake over 600 metres it appeared as if her first win in seven months was coming up.
But it had been almost that long since Two Jobs had run over the middle-distance and approaching the home turn seasoned performer Tuscan Flex was preparing to throw out the challenge to the dog that had led virtually from box-rise.
Even half-way up the home straight, though, Two Jobs looked to be doing enough before a frantic finish had caller Jim Jacques, while staying with the long-time leader, anything but sure.
In the end the pair couldn’t be split. A dead-heat was posted, making it only the second at Tara Raceway this year for first-placing after Odd Boots and Xtreme Carnage had gone over the line together, also in a 600 metre event, on January 21.
And while Two Jobs had to fight hard in the home straight to salvage a dead-heat with Tuscan Flex, the fight was nothing compared to that of her trainer David Brodhurst who has been battling severe health issues this year.
Brodhurst missed last Sunday’s meeting through an unrelated matter but we’re pleased to report that he has responded to treatment, is now appearing much better in himself and looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting which sees Two Jobs contesting the Klaassens Contractors Stake over 512 metres.
From a handy litter by Cosmic Rumble out of the unraced Enlightment, Two Jobs, owned by Brodhurst’s wife Valerie, is a another story that highlights how sometimes a greyhound can turn things around.
Two years ago the 25 kilogram bitch won a maiden 447 metre event at Port Augusta in slow time before finding her way down to Serviceton from Adelaide as a giveaway in early in 2017.
However, in May of that year, after being short-listed for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) due to some pretty ordinary performances at Tara Raceway, Two Jobs finally put it altogether for the Brodhursts.
While waiting for a GAP placement, Two Jobs lined up in a Friday afternoon time-graded 512 metre event, making a lie of her race record of one win from 26 starts when scoring by 10 lengths in a best of day 30.21 seconds – and putting a halt to any immediate re-homing.
In fact, since that day 18 months ago Two Jobs has gone on to win another seven races, not the least being last year’s Eric Lewis Memorial and the Koroit 600.
Kath Brooks, of Rupanyup, is Tuscan Flex’s sixth trainer and last Sunday’s shared win sees her sitting in seventh spot with 25 winners in the 2018 Ian Badger Leading Trainer Award.
By the Irish-bred sire Farley Blitz out of Gail Allen, a winner of 18 races and more than $55,000 in stakemoney, Tuscan Flex is owned at White Hills by 22-year-old Calum Blake, who purchased the blue dog via an online advertisement for $2000 after he had won two races at Wagga and two at Ballarat.
Tuscan Flex has since won another race at Ballarat and four at Tara Raceway for Blake whose older brother Aaron previously trained the dog and handled him for Brooks at last Sunday’s meeting.
And as the winners returned after clocking 35.60 seconds in the event for grade four and five greyhounds, it seems connections were only too happy to concede that the dead-heat had been a fitting result.