Million Dollar$ Within Jamella Jet’s Grasp

Tasmanian owner and breeder David Booth is living the ultimate dream with the emergence of exciting sprinter Jamella Jet.

Brennan Ryan

15 October 2018

DAVID Booth is living the ultimate dream with the emergence of exciting sprinter Jamella Jet.

The Tasmanian-owned & bred chaser has taken the greyhound racing world by storm over the past fortnight, qualifying for the world’s richest greyhound race – the Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase – with a scintillating semi-final win over Not Available at Wentworth Park last Friday night.

“I’m staying cool and calm, it has been an unbelievable week, just to qualify for the second round of the series was great but to be actually racing in the world’s richest race is a fantastic thrill for everyone involved in the dog,” said a proud Riverside-based Booth this week.

Jamella Jet, prepared at South Windsor by Adam and Andrew Crouch, enters the world’s richest greyhound race as the least experienced runner in field.

“The dog might be a fraction slow at the start but his speed is undeniable,” David added.

“You need a lot of luck in these big races and win, lose, or draw I know that Adam and Andrew (Crouch) are confident that Jamella Jet will run up to his absolute best.”

Booth credits the success of this story to breeder, Nabowla-based, Karlene Cuthbertson.

“I’ve spoken to Karlene and she is thrilled to bits seeing one of her home-bred pups racing on the big stage and I’ve invited her to come to Sydney with us on Saturday and be a part of the experience which I’m looking forward to,” he added.

Jamella Jet, a son of Fernando Bale and Millie Grace, is one of six runners rated a $5.50 chance from box eight, with Victorian runner Poke The Bear the $3.50 favourite for leading trainer Seona Thompson off the back of a sizzling 29.66 semi-final win.

“It’s the biggest prize in greyhound racing. Every greyhound owner, breeder and trainer dreams of winning a race like this and he gives Tasmania a chance to be in the spotlight, I feel truly fortunate to be a part of it,” Booth told.

“The race has brought together a fantastic field and it will be down to who gets the early break. I think if Jamella Jet can get a clear run and be able to get through the first turn untouched it will be interesting because this dog has shown he can be strong at the finish which will put him in the mix.”