James family has a star, So It Goes!


As the energy of last night’s racing at Sandown Park came to a plateau, a youngster by the name of So It Goes announced himself under the bright lights with a flying win.

He began well and settled 2nd early behind Nicky Neo before asserting control through the catching pen. From then onwards he shot away from the pack and went on to win by 4¾ lengths in a fast 34.04 (595m) – home in a scintillating 10.61.

Graham James, husband of trainer Cassandra, was proud yet humble following the win.

“Absolutely rapt with him to be honest. He’s only a baby (23 months), he’s had five goes over the distance and hasn’t missed a place,” said James.

So It Goes claimed his first win over the distance a month ago in 34.14, it was the final day of Speed Star qualification. James had the option to enter So It Goes in the match-race series but decided against it, opting to take the slow and steady route with his development.

“He can certainly sprint as well but he hasn’t quite got the early speed. He was always going to be a stayer in the long run, but we stepped him up to ‘600’ a little bit earlier than what we planned. He’s taken to it well.”

The James Family Syndicate bred the litter and are firm in saying it is the best they have ever produced.

“The whole litter has ability, he (So It Goes) was the one who was showing a bit in his run home times. We always thought he’d run over longer distances, whether he gets ‘700’ I’m not sure but running home in 10.60 tonight is encouraging.

“This litter is the best we’ve ever bred. His brother Got Some Wheels is the fastest, he’s a freak.”

James trains out of Woodleigh and has been involved in the sport for 25 years.

“I got involved through work friends originally. We bought a property and went full time five years ago. This is the second litter we’ve produced from this mother, she threw a super dog (Sure To Excite) in the first litter and now there’s probably about four in this one. As a mum she’s proving to be something special.”

The win of So It Goes was one of the better performances of the night, along with Hecton Bale’s powerful Free-For-All win in 29.34.

Sandown Park’s next feature event is the McKenna Memorial (595m), heats will be run on Thursday July 5 with the group 2 final set for the following Thursday.

Click here for last night’s results

So It Goes (3) dominant in a fast 34.04
Jason Adams
About Jason Adams - Racing & Communications Officer at Sandown Park. Over 4 years involvement in greyhound racing and one of the sport's biggest and most passionate fans.
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