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Finding her niche at time-graded meeting

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mount Moriac greyhound Jack’s Lass – out of the winner’s list since May last year – benefited from a look at Tara Raceway last month when returning for Friday’s time-graded meeting and leading all the way to win the ClassicBet Stake (400 metres) by 3¾ lengths in 24.10 seconds.

Owned and trained by Kevin Ward, Jack’s Lass was his first-ever winner at Tara Raceway although things got considerably better later in the day when Don’s Magic and Ace Gone Wild also won – all three winners being bred by Ward.

Handler Kevin McMahon pictured at Tara Raceway last Friday with the Kevin Ward trained Jack’s Lass.

Don’s Magic is owned by Ward but trained on his property 14 kilometres out of Geelong by Noel Carthew, while Ace Gone Wild is raced in the same interest as Jack’s Lass.

Jack’s Lass is by Go Wild Jack out of Alouette Lass with Ward, who currently is kept busy with 40 greyhounds, rating her sire as the best dog he’s been associated with in a 20-year involvement in the sport.

“I’ve been tied up with a few handy ones,” he said. “Exclusion won the 2005 Ballarat and Warrnambool Greyhound of the Year awards and Tiger Stress the Ballarat GOTY in 2006.

“About that time I also purchased a couple of seven-month-old litter brothers by Go Wild Teddy x Farloe’s Rose for $7500 with one later to race as Go Wild Kev and win the 2007 Horsham GOTY.

“Go Wild Jack was the other one and he raced on 74 occasions for 23 wins and close to $90,000 in prizemoney – the 2007 Group 2 Ballarat Cup (450 m) being the highlight of his career.”

Don’s Magic, a daughter of Magic Sprite x Don’s Premier, had no trouble handling Tara Raceway for the first time, chasing Dimora Bekim until the home turn where she took over the running and finished strongly for a 3½ length win in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m).

And Ace Gone Wild, another Tara Raceway first starter, chased Galactic Fox until off the back where he took over, eventually running out a two length winner in 23.56 seconds in The Border Watch Stake (400 m).

A Sandown Park winner, Ace Gone Wild is by Cosmic Chief out of Princess Douglas who has plenty of US blood in her line as well as that of Fitzroy Lass, the dam of the legendary Head Honcho.

Speaking after the last race on Friday, Ward said it had been a long time since he had been associated with three winners on one day.

“The dogs we’re currently racing are well-suited to these sort of meetings,” he said. “The time-graded format gives every dog a chance and I believe it’s a pity they aren’t being run in Victoria.”

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