Hosking Has A Big Hand In Ballarat’s 5th Grade Heats
Written By Kevin Pitstock Tuesday 28th April 2009
Trainer John Hosking will be hoping his greyhounds can provide him with a treble on the twelve race program at Ballarat on Wednesday night.
Hosking has Jody Jones, Unstoppable and Sun Ruler engaged in the heats of the Ashdrive Asphalting Grade 5 to be run over 450 metres.
Jody Jones and Unstoppable are from the same litter (Primo Uno-Jilly Jones), and look to have excellent chances of taking out their respective heats.
The litter has been fantastic for Hosking, having so far produced twenty five race winners.
Jody Jones has been racing consistently, and Hosking rates her as probably the best dog in the kennel.
“She has definitely been a bit of a surprise, and just keeps on improving as she keeps on maturing.” Hosking said.
Hosking is not perturbed by her Box 3 draw in the first of the five heats on the program.
“She races best when drawn close to the rails.”
“Her last two runs at Ballarat have been good as she hasn’t had much luck. Hopefully she can get a clear run and get over the line.”
Hardest for Jody Jones to beat will be Apple Cross and Mr. Bundy Bear.
Meanwhile, Unstoppable will contest heat five on the program.
Unstoppable certainly lived up to his name on Saturday night when he was an impressive all the way winner at The Meadows.
Unstoppable will be looking to add another career victory to his record, having now won four of his thirteen race starts.
He will need to show all of his customary speed out of the boxes though as he will jump from Box 4.
“He has got plenty of ability, and is a real chance in the race if he can get to the front.”
Other chances in the race include Krebs and Hot Tempa.
The lightly raced Sun Ruler will contest the third heat, which on paper appears to be the hardest of the five Grade 5 heats.
Sun Ruler (Where’s Hoover-Wind Flower) was bred and is raced in partnership by local identity Geoff Langford.
Sun Ruler opened up his account with a four length win over Bronte’s Star at Warrnambool two starts ago.
On that occasion he produced an all the way win from Box 2, which was also over the 450 metre race distance.
“He has only had a few race starts, but will need luck in running from his Box 4 draw.”
Hardest to beat will be recent Bendigo Cup finalist Pure Love and Gaston Bale, which have both drawn inside Sun Ruler.
Winners of the five heats, and the three fastest second placed greyhounds will advance to next Wednesday nights final.