The past four days have been a whirlwind experience for Clergate based trainer David Pringle and his kennel star, Shakey Jakey.
Taking a remarkable 0.20 of a second off the previous 520m Wentworth Park track record, in his first ever race start last Sunday, April 6, Shakey Jakey has become the most talked about greyhound all year.
With reported offers of up to $750,000 for the dog knocked back, Pringle says his phone has not stopped ringing all week.
“It’s been crazy,” Pringle laughed.
“I knew he would be something special, but the time he went on Sunday and what has happened since, I didn’t expect.”
Beating his nearest rival by just under 20 lengths, Shakey Jakey was in to the catching pen and stopped by the time the remainder of the field were catching up, resulting in an injury concern to the new star.
“Mum caught him and said, because there was such a gap between him and the other runners, he had stopped and as the other runners have come in, one has knocked him in the shoulder,” Pringle explained.
“Initial thoughts were it wasn’t that bad, but we have worked on him all week, and he just isn’t 100 per cent, so we won’t be starting him this weekend.
Shakey Jakey was set to start in Friday’s (April 11) third semi-final of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series, in which he was a short priced favourite.
“It’s disappointing, but we have to do the right thing by the dog and protect him,” Pringle said.
“We will look to get him right now, before looking to start him again at a track like Bulli or Richmond, and I would love to take him interstate eventually, try and take on good dogs.”
Pringle said that following the last four days, he was keen to keep racing Shakey Jakey and let people see him in action.
“The response we have got about him has just been so positive, and we are greatful for that,” Pringle said.
“We have received big offers for purchase, and also people in the industry keen to use him as a stud dog, but we just want to let him race at the moment and hopefully people can enjoy seeing him.”
Shakey Jakey’s litter brother, Long Range, looked to set his own mark on the racing world on Thursday afternoon, setting a new 516m track record at Dubbo in a sensational 29.63, some seven thousandths off the previous mark.
Fellow litter maters Moonshine Lady and Old Mexico are expected to take their places in Friday’s semi-finals of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series, with $25,000 to the overall winner up for grabs. First race on the program will jump at 7.19pm.
Watch Shakey Jakey's remarkable record run again