One out of the box: Shakey Jakey's record-breaking debut

SHAKEY Jakey’s racing career could be brief despite the dog smashing the track record at Wentworth Park on Sunday night.

In his maiden start, the dog trained by Clergate’s Dave Pringle, took 0.2 seconds off the 520 metre track record, stopping the clock in 29.07 seconds.

Shakey Jakey started from box two in the sixth heat of the Sportingbet Magic Maiden series and jumped well before finishing a staggering 19¾ lengths clear of second-placed Passenger.

“It was a long night but it was good. It’s what you dream of,” Pringle said.

“I knew he had a lot of talent. To take that much off the track record was amazing. He was three lengths faster than any other greyhound that’s gone around there ... 0.2 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s big in greyhound racing.”

Due to Shakey Jakey’s amazing debut, Pringle expects he’ll put the dog to stud in the near future.

The trainer has already been offered $500,000 for the record breaker.

“He’s not for sale,” Pringle said.

Punch One Out held the previous track record of 29.27s and the former record holder’s mentor, Jason Mackay, was trackside to see Shakey Jakey in action.

“We know Punch One Out was a freak, so what does that make this dog?” Mackay said. 

“David [Pringle] is in for one hell of a ride with that dog. He is special.”

Pringle bred Shakey Jakey from leading sire Collision out of Kiacatoo Pearl.

Before Shakey Jakey can go to stud, he has to run in Friday’s Sportingbet Magic Maiden semi-final.

A top-two finish there will put him into the $25,000-to-the-winner final.

After his first run, it’s no surprise Pringle rates Shakey Jakey a chance of taking the major prize.

“He’s going to be hard to beat. He’s not quick out of the box but once he balances up, he takes off like a rocket,” Pringle said.

“I don’t care what’s around him, if he doesn’t get impeded they won’t beat him. You’ve got to have a bit of luck still.”

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