Jet Jack­son keeps rock­et­ing along

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.”

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