Cool Janella bounces back from injury at Gunnedah

SHE MIGHT have a “glued together” wonky hip but Cool Janella is still winning for Tamworth’s Jono Shanley and Robert Ryan.

The red fawn bitch was first past the post again at Gunnedah on Saturday despite a long lay-off with injury.

“She had a bad hip,” Ryan said.

“It was really bad so she had a break four months ago and I forgot about her.

“She came back for a run and had a slip and it was awful but then she ran 300 at Tamworth and won that trial.

“So we gave her a run here to see what would happen.”

What happened was she won the Railway Hotel fourth grade by two and three quarter lengths from Goodwin Ben (Joseph Kennedy) with Crisp Note (Denis Nixon) a further three lengths back in third.

Cool Janella jumped best from box seven and didn’t give the chasers much of a sniff from then on.

“She’s always been a good jumper,” Ryan said.

“She’s just a good bitch.

“She likes it here at Gunnedah.

“She’s won two at Tamworth and she would have had a few here.”

The bitch was sent north after failing to impress at the TAB tracks but now has seven wins to her name.

If not for the injury she might have had more.

“This isn’t even her distance,” Ryan said.

“She’s a 500 bitch.

“It was a jigsaw exercise.

“I pretty much just glued her together for this one.”

The plan will be to give the bitch another race or two and retire her, possibly for 


It was also a good day for Curlewis trainer June Lanesbury and Bingara trainer David Rose, who both picked up doubles.

Merindah Curlew and See Be won for the Lanesbury clan while Sportsman’s Liam scored the first leg for Rose and El Sportsman’s won yet again to complete the double.

Garry Steartfield’s Noir Lee also made it back to back wins in the Blue Paws (512m) race and did it by 18 lengths in a blistering time of 17.92 seconds.

Cool Janella races away to win at Gunnedah on Saturday. Photo:  Grant Robertson 241112GRB01

Cool Janella races away to win at Gunnedah on Saturday. Photo: Grant Robertson 241112GRB01