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Jesaulenko’s milestone farewell

One of Victoria’s most popular greyhounds, Jesaulenko, will race for the last time on Sunday in what will be his 100th start.

Rated a $1.40 chance in Race 8 at Sale, breeder trainer Terri Morris said the time has come for her star to ‘hang up the boots’, and she has high hopes that he can go out on a winning note.

“He should win and I think he will. He’s drawn in box one, which I’m absolutely delighted about,” Morris said.

Jesaulenko, named after AFL great Alex Jesaulenko, has had 99 starts for 45 wins and earned more than $400,000 in prize money. He also has an outstanding record at Sale, having raced 33 times over the 440m distance for 24 wins.

“He loves racing at Sale. We’re hoping to see as many people as possible at the track on Sunday. It will be extra special because it’s Mother’s Day, and I’d like everyone on course to get in a photo with him after the race. We enjoy it, he enjoys it and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it,” Morris added.

“We’re hoping to see as many people as possible at the track on Sunday. It will be extra special because it’s Mother’s Day, and I’d like everyone on course to get in a photo with him after the race.”

Despite Jesaulenko’s good recent form – he has a win and a 2nd from his past two starts – Morris said the time was right to retire her 2016 Melbourne Cup runner-up and 2017 Traralgon Cup winner.

“I’ve got two of his younger brothers who aren’t yet named, but they are about 20 months old and showing potential that is well above average. After tomorrow I’ll be able to put more time into getting them ready to race, while Jesaulenko will be living a life of luxury in retirement at my place,” she said.

Jesaulenko is scheduled to race at 7.22pm on Sunday, the final leg of the Quaddie.

Jesaulenko’s future is on the couch with Terri Morris. Photos by: Clint Anderson.

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