ROSS Creek trainer Ron Jewell has a no frills approach to harness racing.
Jewell and his son Brent have a small team, happy to focus on home-bred racing stock.
And it works.
The Jewells’ philosophy to send their own broodmares to conservatively priced stallions keeps coming up trumps.
“We enjoy the breeding side,” Ron said.
Of their latest breeding ventures, they have bred two winners out of Windsongs Heart – Ruby Heart (three wins) and Sir Dasher Dee (one win) – and three out of Flora Star – Covered In Ink (six wins), Scarred
(five wins) and Fist Of Rage (one win).
Jewell is not surprisingly most excited by Scarred, which has had just the 17 starts.
Although the five-year-old’s latest form does not look as impressive as his initial foray into racing when he won four of his initial seven visits to the races, Jewell has no doubt the son of It Is I is the “best of the lot”.
However, he is going to have to remain patient with Scarred – he is still getting over a paddock incident after a race in June.
In the meantime, Sir Dasher Dee has emerged for Team Jewell.
Sir Dasher Dee has had just the three starts for a last-start win at Maryborough after minor placings at his first two starts.
The Jewells are hoping he can go back-to-back in the Kevin Foley Memorial C1/better Handicap, 2200m, in Ballarat tonight.
Sir Dasher Dee lines up in the same event as stablemate Covered In Ink on an eight-race card on which Ballarat and District Trotting Club pays tributes to former committee members and contributors to the industry in the city.
Sir Dasher Dee is named after leading reinsman Daryl “Dasher” Douglas, who has driven for Jewell since he was a teenager and will again have the reins of the four-year-old tonight.
Jewell has high hopes for the son of Our Sir Vancelot, with which has had to be extremely patient.
“He’s a late maturer.
“He showed something as a three-year-old and we could have raced him, but we decided to give him six months in the paddock to allow time to mature.
“He’s still not fully mature. He’s a big dummy.”
Jewell said he would probably be better if able to work more often with other horses
Jewell said Sir Dasher Dee was facing a big task, but he did go away “like a rocket” from the stand.