Smokey Mac was the form trotter in Southland through the early part of the season. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
If you have been following Brett Gray's trotters this season you'll have been on a winner every three starts.
Smokey Mac and Jen Jaccka have been responsible for the Ryal Bush horseman's impressive tally and they're looking good to continue the trend during the busy festive season.
Winner of three of his four starts, Smokey Mac was runner-up in the fourth, beaten two-and-a-quarter lengths by Jen Jaccka.
“He hasn't been easy to train but his attitude is starting to turn,” Gray said.
“He's just come off a wee break and is ready for a workout. He'll kick off at Gore or Winton (between Christmas and New Year).”
The day she beat Smokey Mac, Jen Jaccka clocked a National 2400-metre standing start record.
She went from 20 metres, 10 behind her stablemate, and eclipsed the record set by her half-sister Jess Jaccka at Wyndham more than four-and-a-half years earlier.
The six-year-old's five starts this time in have yielded wins at Winton and Ashburton, but three misses at Addington.
“I was disappointed with her at the Cup meeting, even when she got fourth,” Gray reported.
“She had a spell after and (co-owner) Charlie (Smaill) is jogging her again now.
“She's a lovely mare and will be ready for Christmas.”
Gray has also brought his unbeaten pacer Mr Kiwi, the half brother to Mr Mojito, back in and plans to have him racing by February.