Jet Jackson keeps rocketing along
EIGHT Central Coast firemen share in the ownership of Jet Jackson, who notched his 12th win in 14 starts in Friday night’s Group 3 Young Star Classic at Wentworth Park and is now being set for January’s Group 1 National Derby at the same track.
Trained by Troy Donaldson, who retired from the navy in 2014 to fulfil his ambition of becoming a professional greyhound trainer, Jet Jackson was bought as an 11-month-old youngster for the bargain price of $4000.
Dave Keane, who manages the syndicate which races Jet Jackson, said: “This dog has come along at the right time because Rip Masters, the previous greyhound I owned with Troy, was retired from racing and rehomed this year after winning 29 races.’’
Donaldson believes Jet Jackson’s best form is still ahead.
“I’ve always told his owners that Jet Jackson has plenty of improvement in him and will be better in two or three months,’’ Donaldson said.
“The National Derby heats are on January 17 and, if all goes to plan, that will be the race for Jet Jackson and his equally talented brother My Mate Clarrie.
“When the eight firemen told me they intended buying a greyhound, I asked them to leave that to me and I was able to purchase Jet Jackson from Zulu Lodge.’’
While Jet Jackson’s $4000 cost was indeed a bargain, Boom Down, winner of Friday night’s $100,000-to-the-winner Sydney Cup, was given away after being educated.
“I bred Boom Down but when he was broken in he was so slow I gave him away,’’ leading owner-breeder Kevin Gordon said.
“The dog has kept getting better and has found his mark in long-distance racing as it seems he can run all day.”