Jasmin’s sweet smell of success
FRANK Hancock has a new 'Lady' in his life who has certainly put a spring in his step.
Wife and fellow owner/trainer Edie is not worried though - she could be on to a winner as well.
The couple's dog Lady Jasmin has racked up nine wins from her 10 starts so far and has caught they eye of potential metropolitan suitors.
Hancock, who has been breeding greyhounds for almost 40 years, said it was a "pleasure" to be working with such a promising campaigner.
"It is hard to describe it when you get a dog like this," he said.
"It certainly makes it easier to get out of bed every morning when you have one like her.
"To rear one like this is such a pleasure."
The dog, which turns two later this month, has racked up its haul over various distances at the Grafton and Lismore tracks.
She comes from a decent line, although dam Dulcinea only had seven wins from 17 starts in her brief racing career.
Hancock is already planning to take her to better company in Brisbane after a crack at the Lismore Cup later this month. He said his charge had a pleasant but feisty temperament.
"She's no trouble, but she's a bit bossy if she wants to be," he said.
"If she wants to go one way on a walk and I want to go the other, she wins."
Sydney-born Hancock started training dogs 37 years ago after experiencing life as a "silly punter".
He lived in Townsville breeding dogs before he and Edie moved to their picturesque Spring Grove property in 2006.
The 68-year-old said the industry could be punishing, but it still had its sparkle.
"The thing about being a greyhound trainer is you have no social life," he said.
"It is a seven days a week job, every day of the year.
"It is hard, but you have the joys of winning and the excitement.
"There's also a lot of nice people in the industry. You have your ups and downs but it is part of life.
Lady Jasmin will have rest from Lismore races tonight as Hancock prepares for a tilt at next week's Lismore Cup heats.
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.44pm.
TURNER'S TIPS FOR LISMORE
You Think So (Box Four, Race Nine): Improving in recent weeks.
Phantom Dottie (Box Eight, Race Seven): Tough draw but a classy campaigner.
Gee Eff Cee (Box Six, Race Three): Up against a tough field but has an impressive recent record.