By Isaac Murphy
Bred in Warwick the Bob Giltinan trained Wildash Jakey is one of two Queensland bred dogs engaged in Thursday night’s Group Three Flying Amy Classic Final and is proudly embracing his underdog tag.
Giltinan said he only decided to enter the dog in last week's heats because of his early speed and was ecstatic he did so as Wildash Jakey slipped them early holding a four-length break to the finish where he paid out at thirty-four to one.
“That’s the best race I’ve seen him put together in his career!” Giltinan said.
“I put him in because of his early speed and he ended up in a heat where I thought he could be the likely leader, but I’d be lying to you if I said I thought he could hold a field like that.”
“He’s generally pretty reliable at the start but he’s been flat out breaking thirteen in the run home and he went twelve point nine, which is why he was able to hold that four-length margin.”
Wildash Jakey has drawn box three for this week's final and Giltinan said he’ll have to be at his absolute best to go with the favoured Black Opium and Sennachie early.
“Black Opium was unbelievable last week and will probably only be better drawn the pole, and we all know what Sennachie can do, but my boy can go 5.50 early and if he’s able to do that he could be first to the fence,” Giltinan said.
“He’ll have to do everything right, but as I said the signs and there it’s just starting to come together for him, he’ll still have to lead to be any chance but looking forward he’s becoming a more complete chaser.”
Giltinan was excited for his loyal owners.
“They’ve (Gainey Brothers) been terrific owners and they’ll all be down from Warwick on Thursday. They’ve always been more into their breeding and this result will hopefully enhance their future prospects.”
Those future prospects look bright with Wildash Jakey not the only dog out of the Shakey Jakey, Harbour’s Gift litter making noise.
“There is another bitch in the litter Wildash Jazzy who I’d probably put a little bit ahead of him, she’s just come back from Melbourne and looks really progressive,” Giltinan said.
“Wildash Georgia is the other sister who has had some injury troubles but should be around the mark when we get her right.”
Giltinan believes Wildash Jakey is far from a finished product with the two-and-a-half-year-old just beginning to come into his own, punters should keep a close watch over the coming months.
“Early speed is something you can’t teach and he’s been blessed with that from day dot, strength is something you can develop and at two and a half with just seventeen starts under his belt I’m hoping we’ll see the best of him in six months’ time,” Giltinan said.
“I don’t think he’s up to the open class yet, but if we can keep him sound that’s where we want to get him to sooner rather than later.”