Fortune often favours the brave as Moolap trainer Tracey Deglaitis proved by reaching the Cannonball Sprint Final worth over $7,000 on Friday night at Geelong with Deadset Jet (pictured – photo credit Tom Finning).
Deadset Jet originally was listed in the line up as a reserve, only finding out he got a start the morning of the heat.
After a valiant second in the Cannonball Sprint heats last week behind Ay Goodes, Deadset Jet’s prize money was pushed to just under $20,000. It also secured his position in Friday Night’s 400m Final drawn in Box 6, giving Tracey an opportunity to run in her biggest final to date.
WATCH: Deadset Jet finish second in a heat of the Cannonball Sprint on Friday night wearing rug number 9.
“This is the first major final for both Deadset Jet and I. We have been in a few finals but nothing as exciting as this. It’s actually really nerve-racking!” Tracey Deglaitis explained.
Having been born into a greyhound family, Tracey has held her trainers license since the 1980’s. Tracey’s daughter has also become a trainer, giving the family three generations of greyhound experience.
Tracy and her family share the workload with their 15 greyhounds, ensuring it truly is a family affair.
“Everyone chips in which is nice. I travel the most but we are all part of the same team,” explained Deglaitis.
“I don’t think I could ever go without having a greyhound, they’re just great. I mean Dioro is one of my favourites because he has been the most inspirational dog of ours. He was the only pup in the litter and he got sick after racing one day, we thought his career was over. But he pushed through and came back stronger. They’re all special in their own ways and we love them for their own reasons.”
Looking forward to Friday’s Final, Deadset Jet is the most inexperienced dog in the Cannonball Sprint field. However, Tracey is simply focusing on her own dog rather than the quality field.
“Deadset Jet is the kind of dog that struts around because he is a lovely looking dog, he probably realises he can get away with it! He has plenty of talent too so hopefully he does own it on the night!” Deglaitis said.
“It would be great to win the Cannonball but we are already happy just to be in the final.”
MATT JACKSON’S CANNONBALL PREVIEW
Friday Night feature Greyhound Racing goes to Beckley Park, Geelong for the running of the Cannonball Sprint. It looks a tremendous short course sprint – below are my thoughts.
1ST: Bills Back (box 3) is a devastatingly fast sprinter with a prolific winning strike rate, and he once again looks hard to beat. He sizzled in his heat win and I think he will fire to the lead. If he is seen early I don’t see how they will run him down. The only concern is that occasionally he can bomb the start.
2ND: I think the main danger to Bills Back will be Bide Time (box 2). He is a rising star and this is certainly his stiffest test to date. In saying that, he is a quick beginner and has drawn beautifully in this race.
3RD: Zoltina’s Prize (box 8) has come up with a nice box here out in the 8 ally, and I think he is certainly the value runner in the race.
4TH: Call Me Gee (box 4) contested a heat and semi of the recent Warrnambool Classic but didn’t have much luck. She will be strong late so if she is close enough at the home turn, watch out!
It’s definitely wide open feature, it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if any one of the eight dogs were victorious. Ay Goodes has drawn well, Jackie Baxter is a flying but needs to lead to win, and Deadset Jet was much better in his heat and will be the outsider.
MATT’S $20 SPEND
Exacta 3 to beat 2