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Jebrynah in control of ‘my left foot’

Sprinting sensation Jebrynah returns from a 223-day injury-enforced hiatus in a heat of the Group 2 Horsham Cup (485m) this evening.

Amazingly, Jebrynah hasn’t raced since toppling superstar Whiskey Riot in a heat of last year’s G1 Maturity Classic (525m) at The Meadows on July 20.

Now that’s an impressive last-start statistic on any greyhound’s race CV – but how this pair’s paths have taken different directions!

Whiskey Riot has rocketed to G1 stardom, while Jebrynah fractured a sesamoid bone in his left front foot in that win – but still managed to record 29.80sec.

WATCH: Jebrynah (6) topple Whiskey Riot (3) in a Maturity Classic heat on July 20 last year.

At that point, it was the Feb ’17 Cosmic Rumble x Jebrynah Glory dog’s 19th win from 29 starts. So, the world was looking his oyster!

However, trainer Rocky Crisafi has been extremely patient with Jebrynah’s recovery and it may prove a virtue.

As with any lengthy break in sport, there’s an element of the unknown and even Crisafi says “we’ve taken a gamble”.

“It’s pretty hard to assess, but I’ve got him fit now… “I’ve been able to give him a lot of work,” Crisafi said.

Jebrynah completed a satisfactory trial at Sale (440m) on February 2 as a condition of his racetrack return. He won by seven and half lengths in a smart 24.82sec.

Bred and owned by Bryan Sykes, Jebrynah is pitted against dual G1 finalist Tiggerlong Tonk (Box 7) in Race 8 (Heat 5, 5.37pm). The duo is $2.30 and $1.80F respectively on TAB fixed odds.

Jebrynah will exit from box six, from which he has won five races in six starts.

“I’m hoping for the best… But I wouldn’t run him if I didn’t think he’d be competitive,” Crisafi said.

A win would be a belated birthday present for Crisafi. The greyhound training stalwart turned 72 yesterday.

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About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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