Breakthrough win for young dog fast-tracked to glory

GEE Double You made the trip from Swan Bay worthwhile for his connections, taking out the Spencer Storch Appreciation Maiden (420m) at Tamworth on Sunday.

It was the black dog’s first win from eight starts and followed a second at Gunnedah just after Christmas.

On Sunday the two outside dogs were the best out of the boxes, one of which was favourite Alderley Fever (John Eather).

But she never really got the running with Mr Daly leading at the first turn and then Gee Double You sneaking up on the inside coming into the straight.

He ran on to finish 1 1/4 lengths clear of Mr Daley with Alderley Fever another length-and-a-quarter back in third.

Joanne Russell races Gee You Double with dad Alexander Verhagen.

They’ve been doing a bit of travelling with the one-year-old trying to get him used to racing.

Just in the last month they’ve been to Tamworth (twice), Gunnedah (twice) and Moree.

“His last three runs he’s improved each time,” Russell said.

He did miss the jump on Sunday but did “everything right” after that.

“He railed up good,” Russell said.

She said she wasn’t worried when the other dogs got out ahead of him.

“I wasn’t worried because he came home strong at Gunnedah last week,” she said.

He came from last to finish second.

“He’s only a baby,” Russell said.

They bred the Cosmic Chief-Nana Plaza dog but unfortunately lost a couple of the litter last week.

“We lost two of his brothers to heat stress last week,” Russell said.

At this stage they aren’t looking too far ahead.

“We’ll keep going around the country tracks giving him experience,” she said.

Depending on how he goes they might look to take him to the city.

He won on Sunday in 24.14secs.

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