Gray Day Turns Black

Gray Day Turns Black

Bruce Stewart


Ryal Bush trainer Bret Gray won two trotting races at Winton today but received a nasty kick on the knee for his troubles.

The culprit was his second winner Full Noise who had been suffering from his own leg issues and wasn’t a happy camper. He lashed out in the birdcage after his win when Gray went to take hold of the horses bridle.

“He had an abscess in the heel and he’s got a little bit angry with it. The abscess has been brewing for a while and it popped out last Friday. I think it’s affected him. In his last run he didn’t steer as good,” said Gray.

Driver Brent Barclay took the Majestic Son gelding straight to the front, making full use of the front line handicap and there he stayed. Stablemate King Cassidy got within a length and a quarter of Full Noise. It was the horse’s fourth win in ten starts and keeps him in the frame for next month’s Harness Jewels at Addington.

The winning time of 3-04.4 was just outside the three year old colts and gelding track record of 3-04.2 jointly held by Sky Commander and One Apollo.

“I was happy but thought he may have found the line a bit better.”


Full Noise stretching out to win at Winton from stablemate King Cassidy – Photo Bruce Stewart

Win number four for Full Noise – Photo Bruce Stewart

Gray’s other winner today was the well bred Jaccka Jeorge.

The three year old had shown potential but had broken in his previous three starts.

Today driver Nathan Williamson took the Andover Hall gelding to the lead and despite been challenged by Liberty Stride for the last 800 metres held on to beat that runner by half a length.

Jaccka Jeorge beating Liberty Stride – Photo Bruce Stewart


Win number one for Jaccka Jeorge – Photo Bruce Stewart

Jaccka Jeorge, which is owned by Charlie and Ailsa Smaill, is out of their gem broodmare Janine Jaccka.

Jaccka Jeorge was the Sundon mare’s forty sixth individual winner. All of her progeny have qualified and won races. Her biggest winner was Dominion winner Jaccka Justy which won $237,467. He won thirteen races. Her other big winners have been Jaccka Jack (14 wins) and Jen Jaccka (9 wins). All up Janine Jaccka’s progeny have won $526,288.00.

“They’re a great family but they’ve always taken a couple of starts to get up and going. Alex Milne breaks them in, Charlie does a bit and then I get them and get the glory. He did a bit of galloping when he first arrived but he soon came to it. He hasn’t got the prettiest of legs so we’ll take everything we can get.”