By Jordan Gerrans
A promising trio of litter brothers with fly the flag for the Evelyn Harris kennel in the Final of the annual Jeffery Jones Celebration of Life Trophy on the grass at Capalaba this Sunday.
The influence of the respected former trainer and racing administrator – Jones – is honoured every year at Capalaba with the running of the prestigious event.
The race was first installed into the Queensland racing calendar in 2019 following Jones’ passing.
Jones’ legacy in racing can still be felt to this day with his daughter Selena Zammit a leading trainer in the state.
The Northern NSW-based Harris will be well-represented come Sunday’s decider after qualifying three chasers through the heats.
All three are from the same Orson Allen and Fran's Bonus litter which Harris bred and whelped.
Before becoming a brood bitch, Fran's Bonus was prepared by Harris and competed in a number of Group-level events, as well as racing at Capalaba.
Harris prepares her team out of Whiteman Creek and thought from their earliest days that Darby Display, Lenny Large and Rhythm And Blues would appreciate the Capalaba surface.
“We break them in at home on the straight and then we took them to Grafton originally,” Harris said.
“A lot of the dogs are not handling Grafton real good as it’s such a big wide track. That is why we changed them over to the straight at Capalaba. We like racing at Capalaba, it is a good atmosphere at the track and they are good people.”