Bob’s Smooth inheritance
INJURY ensured Our Magnate won just one race for Bob Cooke but her son Smooth Act has inherited her talent and is on course to take out Friday night’s Lismore regional final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase for the Woodview (Casino) trainer.
Smooth Act came from last to win his 520m heat last Tuesday in fastest time of 29.77sec and has box eight in the final.
“Smooth Act has always been quick but I just can’t get him to come out of the boxes,’’ Cooke said.
“If I trial him and he is placed immediately into the starting boxes, he begins smartly. But in a race, when the dogs do not jump for several seconds after being boxed, Smooth Act gets too worked up and excited and misses the kick.
“In a big race like the Chase regional final, I would have preferred him in box one but the eight is next best, certainly better than being in the middle.’’
Cooke deserves a change of luck as he trained Smooth Act’s dam Our Magnate along with her mother Teddy’s Jackpot and both had potentially stellar careers ruined by injury.
“Teddy’s Jackpot won eight of her first 11 starts but then dropped a hind leg muscle and, after returning to the track, did not win another race,’’ Cooke said. “Her daughter Our Magnate, Smooth Act’s mother, was even faster but had only four starts for one win.
“She badly hurt her wrist before she raced so fellow trainers Mathew and Denis Reid had a crack at getting her right for me.
“As an unraced maiden, Our Magnate blitzed the Reids’ champion sprinter Norm The Storm in a trial but then she broke down again.’’ Box draw for Friday’s regional final (first four go into WP semi-finals on Oct 11): 1 Hunter Kingsbrae, 2 Infrared Lad, 3 Maywyn Cash, 4 Dam Slippery, 5 Bad Neighbour, 6 Sequana, 7 Quara’s Flick, 8 Smooth Act. Reserves: Chairman Jack, Shakey Diesel.