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Rob Jacobsen was thrilled when he picked up Crazy Cool from the tried and tested Barcia Bale/Crazy Sexy bloodlines, content that he’d have a serious sprinter on his hands coming from great stock.
The trainer was chuffed with her work at home and decided to give her a crack over the 520 metres, and now after only just three starts at the distance, she lines up second favourite for tonight’s Listed Rising Stars.
The bitch flew the lids in the heats, making the most of her rails draw and although caught in the shadows on the post, she stamped herself as a future star over the traditional sprint trip.
“It was a huge effort to lead as long as she did, she hadn’t had a run or a trial in almost a month and was relying on paddock and straight work,” Jacobsen said.
“If it were any bitch other than Frieda Las Vegas chasing her, I think she would have held on.
“She’s really surprised me, when we started out with her we thought she was going to be a really good short course dog, but we gave her a go over the 520 in her Novice and she went 29.86 and her time in last week’s heats (29.75) has proved that was no fluke.
“I thought she was probably a little out of her depth in the heats given she’d only had two starts over the distance, but I’m a bit believer in peaking for the final and I thought if she could get through she could run a big race the next week.”
Luck’s a fortune for Jacobsen and Crazy Cool coming up with the red rug again for the Final, and the trainer firmly believes if she leads, she can win and go on to bigger and better things.
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“Getting up to the 520 has been a bonus really, I thought I could sneak her in a Novice and she might have the speed off box one to hold on and she showed me she was a hell of a lot better than that,” he said.
“A few starts later and I’m pretty bullish about her chances in a Listed final, she takes a few strides to get going but if she can punch through and lead it’s going to take something serious to beat her.
“She’s got plenty of fight in her, I thought she wasn’t going to qualify last week but she really lifts when a dog’s closing on her.
“Regardless of how we go tonight it’s a great lead into the Casino Cup over the four hundred and eighty metres which will suit her to a tee, it’s a leaders track down there and she’s shown she can get going early, as long as she’s drawing inside she’ll give anyone a scare at the moment.”
Jacobsen is a student of the breeding game and was excited to pick up the bitch from the latest Barcia Bale/Crazy Sexy litter – a proven lethal combination through the years – and the trainer is looking forward to making his own mark on the line.
“I knew she was pretty smart early on, she was doing some pretty special things at home,” he said.
“She’s out of a good dam line in Crazy Sexy, her brother is Canya Cruise - the 395-metre track record holder - so it’s a top litter and I hope I can continue one day with Barcia Bale the sire.
“As much as I’m looking forward to her racing, I think she’ll be a fantastic broodbitch, she’s a nice size up there around 29 kilos, long back and a good type for breeding.
“When I was a young fella I used to take what I could get when it came to dogs, but since I’ve got back into it in the last three years I’ve made sure to buy into some really strong lines that’ll hopefully still be producing for me 10 years down the track.”