Showman Jack On Track For Classic Defence

TRAINER John Smart is on a mission to have his star galloper Showman Jack fit enough in his bid to defend his Ladbrokes Country Classic crown.

CAMDEN South owner-trainer John Smart is on a mission to have his star galloper Showman Jack fit enough in his bid to defend his Ladbrokes Country Classic crown.

The son of Fernando Bale and Lovelace is on the comeback trail after being sidelined since August last year with a hairline fracture of a metacarpal.

He has drawn box four in a top grade at Richmond on Wednesday night, his third run back from that long break.

“He needs 600 metres now because he's lost his early pace,” said John.

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“He will back up at Gosford for a 600 next week to get some miles into his legs.”

The Country Classic (605m) at Dubbo has heats from February 25 to March 2, semi-finalss on March 9 and the $125,000-to-the-winner final on March 16.

Showman Jack won the final last year beating Ailee Bale to give John his biggest prize in a lifetime of greyhound racing.

“I had to give him four months off after he did the metacarpal injury,” said John.

“He had a couple of post to post trials, a 23.87 at Dapto and 24.14 at Wenty, so he has lost nothing from the injury.”

Showman Jack chased home Red Hot Frankie at Wentworth Park last Saturday night at his second run from that long spell.

John is leaving no stone unturned to keep him on the track.

“I bought a special new laser from China to treat him and every time he runs I put ice on him for three days,” he said.

“I'm trying as much as I can to get him to Dubbo for the Country Classic.

“He just needs race fitness and a few runs over the middle distance.”

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