Jack's Back

By Jeff Collerson
Jack Smith headed back to FORBES after last Saturday night's Wentworth Park meeting with three winners in his van and looks set to repeat that performance this Saturday with Irinka Riley, Irinka Molly and Jungle Deuce.

The FORBES maestro won with Irinka Molly and Jungle Deuce last week while another of his star studded team, Dip It In, defeated Irinka Riley.

But Irinka Riley (pictured) was desperately unlucky and should only need to have even luck from box five to take out Saturday's 520m Lest We Forget Stakes.

Before last week's race, where Dip It In had an ideal box one draw and Irinka Riley in three was positioned outside a wide runner in two, Smith said: "Irinka Riley is a little bit quicker than Dip It In.''

Irinka Molly had box one for the first time last week and led all the way to win comfortably from the highly talented Sarita in a fast 29.72, running home in a strong 11.69.

Irinka Molly will wear the red rug again in Saturday's 520m Get Your Greyhound On Stakes and her opposition appears to be no stronger than the field she downed a week ago.

Jungle Deuce faces his toughest test yet when he contests Saturday night's 520m Free-For-All but from box two he should notch his seventh win in nine Wentworth Park starts.

Jungle Deuce collided at the start when he took the lead at the firs turn before winning by five lengths in a sizzling 29.49 last week and had recorded a near record 29.31 at his previous Wentworth Park outing.

Jackpot Josie has clocked fast times winning at Richmond over 330m and 400m in two runs since a spell and will be among the favourites for Saturday night's GBOTA Welcome Stakes, a 520m fifth grade.

Jackpot Josie has box two and while she was successful at her only appearance from box one, trainer George Borg said he prefers her drawn wide.

"She trialled really well on the Appin straight track on Tuesday but this will be her first 520m this preparation.

"So whatever she does on Saturday night she should improve on,'' Borg said.

"Jackpot Josie is not badly boxed in two but I have the feeling she does not like being crowded by dogs on her outside so she needs to jump cleanly, and she can be 50-50 out of the boxes.''

If Execute takes out Saturday night's Thank You Stud Masters Stakes, a 520m fifth grade, it will be a fitting reward for his trainer Grant Miller.

Execute was runner-up to Ritza Daniel at his Wentworth Park debut on April 7 before being slowly away when a strong finishing third to Irinka Molly and Sarita in a tougher race there 10 days later.

"It took me 12 months to break him in because early in his career he just wouldn't go,'' trainer Miller said.

"I persevered because I knew he had the ability but he just wasn't putting in.

"Right now he is going better than ever and when he finished second at his first Wentworth Park start early this month he was tackling 520m for the first time.

"His main problem is he is a slow beginner so his chances on Saturday depend on what sort of run he gets from box four.''

Execute's trainer is a member of one of greyhound racing's most famous families, with the Miller clan of Mullion Creek, near ORANGE, having bred, raised, educated and trained good greyhounds for over 60 years.

Grant Miller is the grandson of the late Bill and Peg Miller, who will be remembered at next month's Brother Fox Cup carnival at Dubbo with a $10,000 restricted class race named in their honour.

Best Bet Irinka Molly (race 5)

Best Value Irinka Riley (race 2)

Quaddie race 5 - 1, 3

Race 6 - 5, 1, 7

Race 7 - 4, 1, 7

Race 8 - 2, 1, 7

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