Boronia’s Ryan family treat greyhound racing with unbridled passion.
So, they’ll be celebrating in style if Smart As Jack wins the $5600-to-the-winner Healesville Derby final (350m) on Sunday.
According to Healesville GRC club manager Cynthia O’Brien, the Ryans “live and breathe greyhound racing”.
Smart As Jack is owned by the Ryino Racing syndicate comprising Michael Ryan and his father, Darren.
In fact, Michael named Smart As Jack after his younger brother Jack, 21, who is Healesville’s track curator.
“We used to joke around as kids, and I would be the one coming up with ideas. Hence the saying ‘smart as Jack’ – anyway, I was always the smarter one,” Jack said tongue-in-cheek.
Michael bred Smart As Jack (Apr ’18 Moreira x Rose Magic) and Jack says he knew he was something special from a very young age.
“This dog’s nature is incredible, and he looks a picture. He’s like a show dog,” Jack said. “And massive credit must go to his trainer, Adele Powell. The time she puts in with her greyhounds is amazing.”
Adele says Smart As Jack, with six wins from eight starts, is currently the kennel star. He’s also unbeaten in three starts on Healesville’s straight track.