Sweet victory for Evanston trainer

Bob May

A GREYHOUND that has been around the mark throughout its career, without winning a lot, rewarded its owners with a solid win at Gawler last Tuesday.

Jumping from box one in a 400m grade six event, Sweet Jaz got to the front but Emerley Again (four), on the outside, took over the running.

Emerley Again extended the margin to two lengths, with Sweet Jaz, on the rails, and Zipping Kim (eight), on the outside, joining in.

It was only as the greyhounds entered the home straight that Sweet Jaz took the lead again, going on to score by three lengths in the time of 23.04 seconds.

Zipping Kim finished second for Two Wells’ Kim Johnstone, and the early leader, Emerley Again, ran third for Two Wells’ Judi Hurley.

Trained at Evanston by Simon Gesler, Sweet Jaz is owned by Tina Cattermole and Garry Harradine.

Simon explained that Sweet Jaz has never been too far away in its races, but always seemed to run into better opponents.

While the win was a bit of a surprise to Simon, he did explain that Sweet Jaz seems to perform better over the 400m journey, rather than 500m.

Tina’s partner, Peter Smith, said Sweet Jaz had been placed with Simon after Tina and Peter had decided to concentrate on breeding and rearing pups.

That fits in well with Simon, who enjoys working with his four greyhounds and always gets a buzz when they get up.

Last week’s featured trainer, Greg Board, also continued his good form at the meeting, scoring another winning double with Spring Noaky and Spring Addo.

Two Wells trainer Troy Murray was also successful with all the way winner Aston Apollo, and Aston Sloan.

Heading into the Christmas period, racing at Gawler is on every Tuesday afternoon and Sunday evening, including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

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