Doug and Paul Hammerstein, the father and son training team from Ararat, continue to enjoy success with their small team at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway meetings.
Wins by Chanko Girl and Crackerjack Lach in the latter part of the month saw the pair take their collective tally for the year at the local track to nine wins.
In fact, Chanko Girl’s 400 metres win at Tara Raceway on May 20 was her sixth this year. And together with five seconds and two thirds she now sits in second spot behind Sianna Magic in Mount Gambier’s Greyhound of the Year award.
Boasting a 22.95 seconds best over the short course, the March 2019 daughter of Lightning Frank and Deano’s Gadget was purchased for $800 at the beginning of the year after having been unplaced at her first three starts.
Chanko Girl is from the third litter of Deano’s Gadget, a more than handy performer when winning 12 races and $34,000 in stakemoney. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Warrnambool Cup won by Zambora Brockie.
Crackerjack Lach, purchased from Jordan Cooper in February after having won a maiden last October at Horsham, brought up his fourth win for Paul Hammerstein in last Thursday’s Produce Store 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m).
Away fairly from box four, the 35 kilograms black dog found the front going out of the first turn before eventually running out a 5¾ lengths winner over Saint Charlotte in a best of day 29.81 seconds.
By Cutting Edge out of Maximum Lil – a winner of 16 races and $116,000 in stakemoney – Crackerjack Lach’s win completed a good week for the litter after Crackerjack Zave had won two days’ earlier over 410 metres at Horsham in 23.11 seconds (best).
According to Hammerstein, Crackerjack Lach had always shown a bit but had been hit or miss at the start.
“However, now that I’m not giving him a stir-up prior to racing he is jumping a lot better than he had been previously.”