By Isaac Murphy
Since December, Robert Jacobsen’s Crazy Cool has contested five Group finals, highlighted by her most recent win in the Group 2 Richmond Oaks.
And, kennel mate Rowdy Roddy has also been on the doorstep with two Group final births.
Jacobsen is grateful for his gun duo and knows they’re capable of even more, hence their nominations for Saturday night’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg heats.
That is where the trainer hopes the pair can continue to enhance their reputations, starting with Crazy Cool (pictured).
“We’ll take any little advantage we can get going into an Easter Egg heat and she’s won four from four from box three including the Richmond Oaks and Golden Ticket, I’d love to make it five,” Jacobsen said of Crazy Cool’s draw.
“The hardest thing in her heat is going to be responding to Barcia Blue Boy’s speed in box two, she’s not used to being led early and if he does beat her to the first corner, she’s going to have to find her way to the rail because she doesn’t like going around dogs.
“I’d love her to get an uncontested lead like she got in the Oaks and it is possible if she pings, but it’s not race over if she gets a trail, she’ll be hitting the line as hard as any of them after winning over the 535m.”
Despite months of hard racing Crazy Cool continues to show the hunger to compete with Jacobsen assured she’ll be ready come race time.
“She came straight back home after her Oaks win a fortnight ago and we just wanted to freshen her up, so she’s had one free gallop and a straight track run and that’s all she needs heading into Saturday,” he said.
“We’ve got to work out exact plans of where she’s going to stay when we get down there whether I find a place for a few nights or we find a trainer who’ll put us up for the weekend, but I want to get her there a couple of days before the run.
“It’s been a long campaign starting with our summer carnival, we struck out in the Australian Cup, but bounced back at Richmond, it’s amazing she’s still jumping out of her skin to race, whatever we decide to do she’ll handle it.”
Amongst those Group finals, Jacobsen has had his fair share of near misses and was soaking it all up when Crazy Cool took down a stellar Richmond Oaks field.
“As thrilling as it was to see her win the Golden Ticket and finish behind Shima Shine in the Gold Bullion, winning the Richmond Oaks definitely trumps it, she’s taken down the best bitches in the country,” he said.
“It’s one of those time-honoured races every trainer wants to win, it’s been around for years and it might not have the prize money of some other Group races but there’s not many that are more prestigious.