The JPW Trophy – Nottingham 480m – £3,000
FOREST JASON completed the perfect double for trainer Julie Bateson when landing the JPW Trophy Final – a Category Two event supporting Saturday’s £100,000 Star Sports, Arc and LPS Greyhound Derby Final.
A March 2017 son of Droopys Jet and Forest Dot, Forest Jason (pictured below) was joined on his trip to Colwick Park by kennelmate Tree Top Jet (17.69sec), who also landed the spoils for Bateson in the Rising Brandy At Stud Trophy, a supporting sprint contest.
“Two runners and two winners – it doesn’t happen often, so you’ve got to enjoy it,” said the Lancaster-based handler after Forest Jason completed an unbeaten run through the JPW Trophy when making all in the £3,000 decider in a fast 28.23sec for the 480m distance.
Owned by Edinburgh-based Kenny Glen, who also owns Tree Top Jet, Forest Jason made it three wins from seven starts as he completed a superb return to form after a setback during the Scottish Derby at Shawfield.
“That really set us back and we pretty much had to start from scratch with him,” Bateson explained. “He lost all his confidence and we had to build that up again. The Derby itself just came too soon for us, but it’s nice to win this competition on Derby Final night.
“I always thought he had a chance if he could repeat his heat win. He had to do things right from the boxes again, which he did, and he loved the attention he got at the presentation. He’s so vain he was probably looking at himself on the big screen!”
A crack at the Ladbrokes Gold Cup is being considered by connections. “He ran well again Geelo Blissful when we were there last month. He’s come forward since then and the Monmore race could be perfect for him,” added Bateson.
Tree Top Jet’s victory aside, the other sprint on Derby Final night was won – albeit narrowly – by Scurry Cup Champion Troy Bella (17.60sec).
The David Mullins-trained, Mick Gollogy-owned runner trapped well and came again on the run-in to deny local Salacres Punch in the BresMed Sprint Trophy over 305m.