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It may have been a case of nominative determinism on Tuesday for Too Easy Jack, who made it look far too easy when he won the Horsham President’s Cup (485m) at odds of $27.40. The purse of $15,000 is the biggest win yet for the two-and-a-half-year-old; who started the day as first reserve.

That all changed when a few scratchings early on put Jack in the box two, from where he’s had three wins from six starts. Only box one fares better for him with a 66% success rate. Trainer Tony Duncan provided the understatement of the day. “It was a real big surprise.”

“The trouble is, he’s so slow out, and then he just gets to the rail. In the heat, he was just unlucky. He’s just couldn’t get to the rail.”

Tony had to provide the barracking from his home, in Harston near Shepparton. “I didn’t even go to the track; had too much to do at home, so I just watched it on TV and lost my voice!”

Tony has about 15 dogs in work at the moment, most of them his own. He’s now a full-time trainer but only trains a few for other people. He has big raps for sire Barcia Bale “They just chase… I’ve got another two litters here and Jack’s half-sister is getting implanted to Barcia Bale now.”

Despite this win, Too Easy Jack has a little way to go to the pinnacle of Tony’s esteem. He reckons All Inn Baz is probably his best dog, although he admits Jack is ‘a bit stronger’. 18-month old All Inn Abby is his tip for one to watch from the ‘All Inn’ line.

As for Too Easy Jack, Tony’s giving him a few weeks off to get over “a couple of little niggle injuries.”

Don’t take it too easy, Jack…

Too Easy Jack crossing the line in the President’s Cup. Seal The Deal (box five), Got Some Wheels (box one) and Black Opium (box eight) rounded out the placings.

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About Phillip Weir - Phil Weir is based in regional Victoria and has spent a lifetime working in the media. He has a keen interest in the origins of greyhound racing and is a foster carer for the Greyhound Adoption Program.
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