Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Woodford trainer Jackson Bell landed his first Tara Raceway winner when Kooka Jak put in a big effort to win the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) at last Friday’s time-graded meeting.
For Bell, 22, it had been a case of second time lucky after the son of Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie had run an unlucky first-up third at the local track late last month.
Away fairly from box four, Kooka Jak copped a check on the first turn and heading into the back straight had a fair amount of work to do as Outlaw Greg bowled along in front, looking to make every post a winner.
But by the time the field approached the home turn, Kooka Jak had put himself well and truly in the race, railing through as Outlaw Greg moved out to finish strongly along the rails for a two length win in 30.36 seconds.
The winner, who was purchased as a pup, along with litter brother Premier Zed, is raced by the South Pole Syndicate which includes well known Warrnambool greyhound identities Phil Mitchem and Stuart Bishop.
Bell, whose first involvement in the sport was when he was still at school and catching greyhounds at Warrnambool meetings to earn a few dollars, said Friday’s win had been a real team effort – girlfriend Stacey Graham being singled out for special mention.
And on Saturday night Premier Zed lined up in a maiden final over 525 metres at The Meadows although it was Bishop who made the trip to Melbourne as the talented footballer Bell was playing for Warrnambool against Camperdown.
Premier Zed, still yet to win in 13 starts, made the trip worthwhile when running second and picking up $1430 in prizemoney.