According to 14-dog trainer Adrien Chevalier, who is based a half hour down the road from Murray Bridge at Ettrick, his well-bred greyhound Jimali is only just starting to find his feet.
This follows back to back wins by the well-bred son of My Bro Fabio and Janali at Murray Bridge and then Thursday at Tara Raceway in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m).
His win at Murray Bridge last Sunday night was one of three winners for Chevalier who was also successful in a Country Cup heat with Run Like Jess and Out Of Nowhere over the 395 metre journey.
Jimali, who had previously been unplaced at Tara Raceway over 512 metres and 600 metres, looked pretty good when taking off down the back straight and eventually defeating Bungaloo Brooke by 3½ lengths in 30.09 seconds.
Chevalier, who has been involved in the sport for 10 years, said the Jason Carrozza-owned black dog had been in his kennels for something like 2½ months but only now was he starting to show a bit of emotion.
“I’m putting it down to the finish-on lure here at Mount Gambier,” he said. “I reckon it’s really picked him up and you can see a marked difference in his attitude.”
Incidentally, Thursday’s win with Jimali was Chevalier’s first at Tara Raceway since Pinky Girl had been successful in November 2019.
Training honours for the day went the way of Tony Hinrichsen of Langhorne Creek – his second treble for the month, this time with Correlate, White Hulk and Shintaro Fury.