Distance racing over 732 metres returned to Tara Raceway on Sunday for the first time since the Mount Gambier Cup in April when the Daniel Gibbons trained Emani Bale broke the long-standing track record with a run of 43.10 seconds.
The longer races always generate plenty of interest and Sunday’s Todd’s Photographics Mixed Stake was no different – Zipping Jazz, trained at Two Wells by Jack Trengove, opening up a huge break early.
And while Zipping Jazz was always going to win, Peter Crawley’s perennial placegetter Mick’s Kimmy did make up plenty of ground when eventually going down by three lengths in 43.93 seconds.
In fact, Mick’s Kimmy is still the second-fastest greyhound at Tara Raceway over 732 metres after clocking 43.22 seconds in second place behind Emani Bale.
Zipping Jazz is by Zulu Zeus out of Zipping Maggie, a terrific stayer who won 17 races and close to $170,000 in stakemoney. He was purchased in a two-dog package deal early this year by Adelaide owners Dwayne Jiggins and Mathew Fensom through NSW breeder Martin Hallinan.
“Zipping Jazz has now won five races for us and is getting better as he goes along,” Jiggins said. “However, his litter brother Zipping Loxley’s box manners are holding him back at the moment.”
Jiggins, who successfully raced Dyna Naitch at Tara Raceway during 2019-2020, said Fensom, a work colleague, was thoroughly enjoying his first involvement in greyhound racing.