Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Mount Gambier “back yard” trainer Amanda Darmanin generally works with giveaway greyhounds and more often than not manages to get a win or two out of them.
Mind you, Jam Lady, who went into last Friday’s The Border Watch Stake (400 m) with one win from 45 starts, was really starting to test her.
The daughter of Mepunga Geordie and Lady Lithgow, herself a winner at Tara Raceway in 2010, won her maiden at the local track at start number 19 in January this year for Penshurst trainer Brendan Casey.
But by August, Casey, who also won at Warrnambool and Horsham with Lady Lithgow, had had enough and was able to convince Darmanin to have a crack with Jam Lady.
She was still trying to win a race some 15 starts later and with the white and black bitch lining up in box three last Friday at odds of $31 there really didn’t appear much chance of any sort of form reversal.
However, Jam Lady looked anything but the outsider of the grade six field when leading all the way, eventually defeating Jimbo Jet by 5½ lengths in 23.89 seconds.
For Darmanin, it was her first win since Knick Knack, yet another Chasing Gold Syndication greyhound, was successful in August.
Taking a keen interest in Friday’s win was local Tara Raceway regular Steve Greathead, who, according to Darmanin, had been an integral part of Jam Lady’s success.
“Steve helped out with the dog when I was recently in hospital and I’m certainly very grateful for his efforts,” she said.