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Jacobsen’s duo to fly the Queensland flag in Golden Sands

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.”

Races

7
7

Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:34 PM

BOX 1 PHOTOGRAPHY Golden Sands (G2) H

Unexpected as Crazy Cool’s win was, her kennel mate’s stoush with star Victorian Run Like Jess was even more unlikely, with Rowdy Roddy - a two-win dog - taking on a bonafide star.

“Rowdy Roddy doesn’t jump out at you on paper, but he’s a lot better dog than his record suggests so far and he showed that pushing Run Like Jess all the way in his heat,” Jacobsen said.

“I’d say he’s even a threat to Crazy Cool is he finds the fence behind her from box three; he was going as good as anything late last week and probably has a bigger motor.

“He’s always had that power he was just very raw; early on he’d just run into everything where now he’s found a bit of field sense, he got across to lead from the seven in his heat.”

Jacobsen sees him as a hybrid between the sprint and middle distances, and is taking advantage of his age when he heads south next week.

Races

5
5

Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 7:49 PM

BOX 1 PHOTOGRAPHY Golden Sands (G2) H

“The dog’s only won a maiden and a novice, but I think he’s going well enough to get down to Sydney next week and have a crack at the National Derby,” he said.

“I think the 600 runs will be really good for him, he’s seen the bunny a couple of times and if he’s in striking distance he could power home over the 500.

“You’ve got to take your chances with age races, I think he’s good enough if he gets an inside draw and a slice of luck.”

Jacobsen came up with the hometown draw for the Final; the speedy Crazy Cool in red and Rowdy Roddy likely to drop to the fence wearing white, but there’s plenty of barriers they’ll have to overcome to be crowned the Group 2 champion.

“There’s more than a couple of serious dogs in that Final, you’ve got the Victorians Run Like Jess and Mepunga Isla who should improve after seeing the joint first-up last week and Burnt Ends who continues to run time,” Jacobsen said.

“I think Burnt Ends is probably the biggest threat to both of them, he’s had a few more starts over the distance than us and almost broke the track record, we need to lead him early to be any chance.

“If it gets messy, Run Like Jess looks the strongest of the bunch - we saw that last week - but I’m just rapt to be involved, I’m doing my best to keep a lid on it.”

Races

8
8

Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:58 PM

BOX 1 PHOTOGRAPHY Golden Sands (G2) F

Crazy Cool
Rowdy Roddy