By Isaac Murphy
There were some big names that lined up in last week’s Golden Sands heats, however Crazy Cool and Rowdy Roddy weren’t in that category.
However, local trainer Robert Jacobsen has found himself with two red-hot chances in this week’s Group 2 Final, and his duo have nothing to lose and everything to gain against a stacked field.
Crazy Cool stole the show when she sped to the fastest qualifying time (34.62) on debut over the 600 metres, and despite Jacobsen admitting the result was unexpected, her sprint form could not be questioned.
“It was a bit of a trial by fire over the distance, I was holding my breath that last 50 metres as I wasn’t sure how she would go, but she was just as strong as her 500-metre runs,” he said.
“It was a big disappointment missing out on the Futurity by half a length, she looked all over a winner there but unfortunately Pump It was just a little too close.
“It was still a top run and she’s been in career-best form winning or finishing in the minors her last nine, I thought why not give her a go in the Golden Sands, the worst that happens is we come back to 500 but she surprised us all.”
Crazy Cool’s golden run had come about despite up and down early speed, however that’s something Jacobsen thinks the middle-distance will help her with going forward.
“She’d just been mixing her box manners in the lead up to the Futurity and cost herself lengths at the start, you see quite often when they go to the 600 they can get out and lead and start jumping again so hopefully that continues,” he said.
“Her runs home were telling us she would handle the step up, she went 12.45 closing off in her Futurity heat and the week before that had gone 12.60, so she was trending in the right direction.
“Even with those times when she had Frieda Las Vegas and See Them Try chasing her, I thought her lead was going to evaporate fairly quick, but she wasn’t stopping.”