Bob’s Smooth in­her­i­tance

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.

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