Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Horsham trainer Jeff Guy has had his fair share of success with 600 metre greyhounds at Tara Raceway – record breakers Paraphernalia 34.97 seconds and Brazen Bomber 35 seconds to name just a couple.
And while Cookie Yap probably falls a bit short of breaking any track records, he does look well placed at Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting in the Gambier Vets Stake over 600 metres.
In Guy’s kennels since early last month, Cookie Yap, at his first start for his new trainer, made up plenty of ground in last Sunday’s Metal Worx Stake (512 m), eventually finishing 3¼ lengths behind Ginger Road.
Taking a line on his win at Cranbourne in early June, the white and black son of US sire Flying Penske and Goddess Mist should be better suited by Friday’s middle-distance event.
Jumping from box four over 699 metres at the Victorian track, Cookie Yap led all the way, never looking likely to be run down when winning by three lengths in 42.27 seconds.
While on the subject of 600 metre record holders, Miss Jacky, in Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan’s kennels since earlier this month, is an interesting runner in the Produce Store Stake (512 m).
The fawn bitch is by Pure Octane out of Miss Jacovella who on August 14, 2015 took Cheap Currency’s 600 metre record from 35.11 seconds to 35.08 seconds.
Owned and trained by Gary Lane of Bushfield, Miss Jacovella is by El Grand Senor out of Mantra Miss who at one stage held both the 512 metre and 732 metre Tara Raceway track records simultaneously.
Miss Jacky, a winner of two races over 400 metres at Geelong, will be having her first run over 512 metres on Friday when she jumps from box two in the grade six event.