Cliff Smith’s short course sprinter, Jar Man, enjoyed a great week starting with a blistering run last Tuesday at Horsham, followed by brilliant form against quality opposition at Bendigo on Friday.
Tuesday’s run, while against a field reduced by the scratching of a couple of runners, was one of the quickest runs seen at Horsham in recent months with the son of Barcia Bale covering the 410m in 22.98 seconds.
Since the track reopening, only a handful of greyhounds have broken the magical 23 second barrier, and Jar Man proved it was no fluke when backing up impressively on Friday at Bendigo over 425 metres.
Although he ran second to proven group performer Big Flood, Jar Man showed his customary box speed and led right until the shadows of the post to go down by only a neck in a super-quick time of 23.75 seconds.
Smith’s wife Pat won the opening race at Bendigo with Chops Malone, breaking his maiden status at just his fourth start. Garry George also had a winner at Bendigo with Gemilly who defeated Heather Baxter’s Crymelon Rip. He has now run second at his last four starts. Hopefully a win is just around the corner for the Ian-Bibby bred and owned chaser.
Tomorrow promises to be a great night track side with the much publicised Great Chase for disability support organisation as well as the heats of the President’s Cup.
The President’s Cup has grown in the past few years to be the club’s second most prestigious event behind the CHS Group Horsham Cup, and the final boasts total prize money of over $21,000 and although this year clashes with the Speed Star Series at Sandown has still attracted three high quality fields.
Tomorrow promises to be a great night track side.
Among the entries are many group finalists in recent months including Hone In and Extra Gear (who both have a great record on the Horsham Track) and Honcho Monelli along with some exciting young chasers in Big Flash Marjen and Sure To Excite.
Interest also come from former Horsham resident Gregg Minne and his runner Serious Bolt who has won seven of his last eight including wins over some of his rivals here.
The three heat boast total prizemoney won of over $1,000,000 to reinforce the class of the event.
Racing gets under way at 3.42pm with the first of the President’s Cup heats at 5.12pm and with forecast warm spring conditions.