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Just ‘Do It’

Star Victorian sprinter Do It has ‘done it’ at the top level for the majority of his 31 starts, which includes 10 wins, seven seconds and three thirds.

But can he finally ‘do it’ and win a Group race final? Well, trainer Jeff Britton thinks he can!

Do It (Jan ’19 Fernando Bale x Alpha Demeter) has been a finalist in the G2 Warrnambool Cup and G3 Cup Night Sprint, and a reserve for the G1 Silver Chief.

But on Thursday night, Do It is flying solo for Victoria in the G2 TAB Flying Amy Classic final (520m).

Do It finished second, beaten two lengths, to rising local star Impact (29.73sec) in the fastest of five heats last week.

And Britton is quietly confident he’ll improve on that performance.

“He was a first-time traveller last week and having to fly was all new,” Britton said. “His box manners also let him down, but if he gets away cleanly, he’s equal to anything in the final.

Pawnote: Alpha Demeter, the dam of Do It and Mr. Fix It, raced on 72 occasions for 20 wins, 10 seconds and seven thirds, with stakes totalling $107,620. She also finished second to megastar Aston Bolero in the 2016 G3 Silver Bullet.

“Early days, she had plenty of speed and just got stronger,” Britton said. “Mr. Fix It is more like her, he’s more compact, while Do It is bigger and takes a longer stride.”

“But I would have preferred to draw near the rails because he would have been able to hunt up along the inside. He’ll need a little luck at the first corner.”

TAB’s $2.40 favourite for the $75,000 to-the-winner final (Race 8 – 8.55pm) is budding NSW champ Jungle Deuce (Box 1), who has won 11 from 17, with second elect Impact (Box 3), a winner of eight from 12, at $4.60. Surprisingly, Do It (Box 5) is quoted at $10.

“He’s definitely well overs and on ability, he’s capable of winning the race,” Britton said. “He’s strong and I reckon he’ll eventually run 600 metres. He also has a fantastic temperament and is a very hard chaser.”

Do It is owned by the KDT Racing syndicate comprising Jarrod Sharp and first-time owner Glen Mollison. The ‘KDT’ acronym is for Mollison’s children Kane and Danelle, and Sharp’s son Tyler.

One race earlier (Race 7 – 8.34pm), Do It’s litter brother, Mr. Fix It (Box 7), will contest a Best 8 (520m). A winner of 12 races from 31 starts, Mr. Fix It finished second in a Flying Amy Classic heat.

“He should improve and hopefully he travels a lot better,” Britton said. “That’s why he ‘knocked up’ in a heat; he’s a little more highly strung than Do It.”

WATCH: Vic ‘great white hope’ Do It (6) chases local star Impact (2) all the way in a G2 Flying Amy Classic heat last week at Albion Park.

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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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