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Australian Racing - Racing: Jack answers call for Derby

It's a case of full circle for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB) with their former representative Jakkalberry, sire of their new sensation Detonator Jack.

On Monday the three-year-old raced in to 3/1 for the South Australian Derby at Sandown by making it three from three, continuing a monumental rise for the ATB youngster.

Three-year-old Detonator Jack won by a length and a half over The Nephew in a Benchmark 78 contest, prompting excitement from ATB owner Darren Dance for the race on May 14th at Morphettville.

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"I raced Jakkalberry and he was sold to Luigi (Muollo) after he finished racing and I was always keen to race some of his progeny," ATB's Darren Dance said.

"Detonator Jack looks an exciting horse and to go from winning a Benchmark 64 to a 78 and go up in distance to 2100 metres against the older horses, and the first time on a wet track, really did answer a lot of questions," Dance added.

"Not many three-year-olds can do that, I've never had one and he had plenty in hand. It's off to the Derby now and he'll go over there as a live chance.

"Jakkalberry was a great loss to the industry and it was tough on Luigi, to get a horse like that and then lose him was tragic.

"I'm pleased to have a good one and I just love the way he seems to be able to settle in his races. Even if he gets into a bit of traffic he can get his way out and has that turn of foot."

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