DAVID Booth is living the ultimate dream with the emergence of exciting sprinter Jamella Jet.
The Tasmanian-owned and bred chaser has taken the racing world by surprise in the last two weeks by qualifying for the world’s richest greyhound race – the NSW Million Dollar Chase – with a scintillating semi-final win at Wentworth Park last Friday night.
“I’m staying cool and calm,” Riverside-based Booth said.
“It has been an unbelievable week – just to qualify in the second round was great but to be actually racing in the world’s richest race is a fantastic thrill for everyone involved with the dog.”
Jamella Jet, prepared in NSW by Adam and Andrew Crouch, will be the least experienced runner in Saturday night’s final but has strong form with seven wins from 14 starts.
He has drawn box 8 and is a $5.50 chance with Bet365.
“We were blessed to get Jamella Prince many years ago and never thought we’d get another quality dog until Jamella Jet came along,” Booth said.
The owner said that Jamella Jet may be a fraction slow at the start but his speed was undeniable.
“You need a lot of luck in these big races and win, lose or draw I know that Adam and Andrew are confident that Jamella Jet will run up to his absolute best.”
Booth credits some of the success for the fairytale story to the dog’s 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,” he said.
“I’ve invited her to come to Sydney with us on Saturday and to be a part of the experience – I’m looking forward to the buildup and excitement.”