Crackerjack Boom running a Best of Night 29.80sec at Wentworth Park 📷 Greyhound Racing NSW

  • Thursday, 28 Sep, 2023,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Cooper’s ‘Crackerjack’ MDC contenders

Jordan Cooper will be chasing two tickets in a greyhound racing lottery when homegrown brothers Crackerjack Boom and Crackerjack Aret contest Saturday night’s Million Dollar Chase city qualifiers at Wentworth Park.

The eight city qualifiers are a last chance saloon for those dreaming of the MDC’s life-changing motza, the final opportunity to book a place in the semi-finals next Friday night (October 6).

Crackerjack Boom (box 2), a Best Of Night winner at Wentworth Park last Saturday, is Sportsbet’s $2.90 favourite in the fifth qualifier (race 6), while Crackerjack Aret (box 6) is an $8 chance in the following heat (race 7).

Cooper’s two MDC contenders are based with astute Sydney mentor Sam Sultana, allowing the Lethbridge owner/trainer/breeder to head to Angle Park on Thursday for the G1 Adelaide Cup heats with a third Fernando Bale x Maximum Kack sibling, Crackerjack Bull.

“To be honest, when he led on Saturday night, I thought he would’ve run faster than 29.80sec.”

Crackerjack Boom made it two from two at Wentworth Park last weekend, leading all-the-way to upset $1.35 favourite Mortified in 29.80sec, almost a carbon copy of his 29.81sec success at the track in July.

“Crackerjack Boom is a better beginner than the other two,” Cooper said.

“He’d won at Wentworth Park before and he trialled at The Gardens the week before the (G2) Black Top heats in 29.30sec, which is real fast.

“To be honest, when he led on Saturday night, I thought he would’ve run faster than 29.80sec.

“He ran the Best of the Night, but knowing what he can do when he gets things his own way, I was a bit surprised he didn’t go quicker. I was thinking he might’ve gone 29.50sec or 29.60sec.

WATCH: MDC contender CRACKERJACK BOOM (B4) was a dashing all-the-way winner of a G1 Maturity Classic heat at The Meadows on July 15, clocking a fast 29.84sec.

“Drawing box two again helps and if he gets out in front again he’ll be hard to run down.”

Crackerjack Aret, named after iconic race caller Rob Testa, is having his second ‘crack’ at the MDC qualifying series.

He finished unplaced in heat and final of the Richmond regional series but has trialled impressively ahead of his Wentworth Park debut.

“He had a trial at Wenty earlier in the week – he went box-to-box and ran nearly the same sectionals as ‘Boom’ ran last Saturday,” Cooper said.

“He’s a quicker dog than ‘Boom’ but he doesn’t come out running, so he’s banking on luck. But what he can run if he gets a clear crack is crazy.

Crackerjack Aret with Jordan Cooper and sons Jack and Max 📷 Clint Anderson

“I reckon ‘Boom’ is the best chance on Saturday.

“One on one, ‘Aret’ would beat him, but he relies on luck, while ‘Boom’ is out in front and catch-me-if-you-can.

“Sam (Sultana) has been terrific. I got in touch with him through a friend of a friend, but I couldn’t ask anything more than he’s done with the dogs.”

💰 Victorians in MDC city qualifiers Saturday night 💰

Qualifier 1: Head The Charge (box 6 – $3.80)
Qualifier 3: Cawbourne Domino (box 1 – $6), Dundee Rebel (box 3 – $3.50)
Qualifier 5: Stealth (box 1 – $3.10), Crackerjack Boom (box 2 – $2.90F), Yachi Bale (box 3 – $12)
Qualifier 6: Shot Of Red (box 1 – $14), Crackerjack Aret (box 6 – $8)
Qualifier 7: Make No Promise (box 2 – $5.50)

On Thursday night, Crackerjack Bull (box 6) is on the third line of betting at $6 to claim a third straight win since resuming from a spell in the last of four Adelaide Cup heats (race 8), where fellow Victorian Transponder is $1.45 fave.

“I’m absolutely stoked with how he’s come back, but it’s a real big ask,” Cooper said.

“He had a few issues, so I gave him a couple of months off.

“He went terrific at Geelong in his first run back, running 22.27sec (BON), coming from last. Then he beat Tim Zoo at Warragul last Friday night (25.68sec – BON).

“But it’s only his third run in two months, and he’s never been to Angle Park.

“Transponder is a ripper dog and ‘the eight’ (Wynburn Ruby) is a good dog too, but this dog can match it with anything in Australia.”



Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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