Up and coming chaser Jimmy’s Decision steps into another stern challenge when he contests the WA Bred Championship (520m) at Tabtouch Park Cannington on Saturday.
The talented red bindle chaser from Jai Jormananien-Davis’ kennels will jump from box seven in the trophy decider where he’ll face a quality field including heat winners Serong and Sunset Piper, as well as classy youngster Momentum.
Jormananien-Davis admits that Jimmy’s Decision, who turned two- years-old in August, has been thrown into the deep end early in his career but she’s happy with the way the greyhound has responded.
Jimmy’s Decision booked his place into the WA Bred Championship final after he clocked a PB time of 29.71 in his heat last weekend as a close runner-up behind Serong.
“He’s going to be tested in the final but he’s one of those dogs that loves to run and he loves to be at the racetrack,” Jormananien-Davis said of Jimmy’s Decision.
“He’s improving with every run and is developing a better field sense.
“I was super happy with his heat run.
“He ran a really nice time and got through the first bend much better than normal, which has been a problem for him in the past.
“It’s an extremely good field this week but I think he can play a part.
“The draw isn’t too bad for him as he runs a little wide anyway and if he makes it through the first corner without any interference he should come home strongly.”
Jormananien-Davis is also excited by the progress of Westdale Nikita.
Westdale Nikita heads into a much-anticipated clash with Pixie Monelli in the 490m Free To All at Mandurah tonight in top form.
She’s won four of her past five, including an eye-catching personal best run of 27.38 in her last start.
It’s been a remarkable turnaround from a greyhound that had only recorded four wins from her first 28 races.
Jormananien-Davis bred and owns Westdale Nikita and up until about six weeks ago was handling the training duties…but she’s happy to confess the greyhound has come along in leaps and bounds since transferring into a different kennel.
Westdale Nikita has thrived under the guidance of Andrew McLaren.
Jormananien-Davis is based in Dale, a rural area south-east of Perth and more than an hour and a half from the Mandurah track, while McLaren is situated in Nambeelup, which is a stone’s throw from the racecourse.
“She (Westdale Nikita) wasn’t coping with the travel and it was preventing her from being at her best,” Jormananien-Davis explained.
“We knew she ability so it was frustrating that she wasn’t showing it on racenight.
“It was definitely a relief when we were able to pinpoint the one thing that was holding her back.
“The decision to change kennel was a bit of a risk but it’s been the best decision.
“Andrew’s done a great job and we’re just happy to see her doing well regardless of who is training.
“I’m looking forward to seeing her go head-to-head with Pixie Monelli (tonight), it should be a good battle.
“Hopefully she’ll keep going the way she’s going and we can have another crack up in the city before long.”
By James Broadhurst