DIANE and Paul Bartolo were just novices in greyhound racing when Jones Junior was racing about late in 1999 and 2000 proving himself a smart galloper if just a bit under Group 1 quality.
They blame themselves for the beautifully bred son of Head Honcho-Leprechaun Miss not achieving more than his undoubted ability warranted.
Early in the dog's career on the racetrack, Diane and Paul were tempted to use him at stud. Charlie Azzopardi had a bitch called Our Legend (Bomber Gleeson-My Lady Leanne) who had won four races in a 46 starts career, but among those win was one at Olympic Park.
The Bartolos had already used the bitch, a mating to Ben's Perfection the obscurely bred son of Zubelako-Amble Express who had out-raced his pedigree to be a star galloper. It produced four feature race dogs including Chestnut Glory.
To Jones Junior, Our Legend produced six dogs and one bitch.
"They were about 12 months old and one day Paul put the bitch in with a couple of her littermates in a run," said Diane. "She hurt herself quite badly breaking a shoulder. Paul took her to our vet Michael Bell and asked him to put her down.
"Paul reasoned it was going to be tough enough to win races 100 percent sound let alone coming off an injury like she had."
But Bell talked the Bartolos out of the drastic move.
"Michael suggested we treat the injury and keep her kenneled for quite a few weeks to let it heal," said Diane. "She broke in OK and raced."
Chloe Jones started 26 times for eight wins and eight placings. Her $11,430 in stakes was hardly a king's ransom, but she had proved herself worthwhile for use as a broodbitch.
Her race career included 30.27 and 30.55 wins at Sandown, wins in 30.72 and 30.84 at Cranbourne, and wins at Ballarat and Geelong.
It was some of her beaten performances that proved Chloe Jones' worth. She was a finalist to Boomeroo in the Cranbourne Puppy Classic, and fourth to Jemalong Robin in the Ballarat Young Star Classic. She was also fourth to Coulta Tess in a Melbourne cup Prelude.
As a pup she had finished third in a GOBIS final at Sandown, and would eventually run second to Magnamize in a Ballarat FFA with Big Smig in fourth. She could obviously run.
"She was no world beater," said Diane Bartolo. "But she was good enough to breed with."
Chloe Jones came along in the era of Brett Lee and the Bartolos couldn't help but be influenced by the little black legend's race career.
Chloe Jones was a natural to go to Brett Lee simply because of the awesome reputation he had built on the racetrack, not because of any great pedigree match the mating would introduce.
But that is exactly what it was.
Chloe Jones was the product of some of the most judicious breeding to some of the greats of greyhound racing, mostly littermates, or half relations.
We have to go right back to Michelle Louise, the fifth dam of Chloe Jones, to note the significance of the line. Michelle Louise was a finalist in the National Futurity. Interestingly, her great grandson Running Fire would be the first dog to defeat Hall of Famer Flying Amy.
But it is Quick Lady who is probably the most significant of the damline. She was in-bred 3x3 to the full brothers Tivoli Scout and Tivoli Chief. They appear through the middle of the pedigree of Quick Lady.
When she was mated to the former smart Victorian galloper Buka Sunset to produce My Lady Leanne, it appeared mostly an outcross, Buka Sunset being by import Waverly Supreme*.
We already know Tivoli Dreamer (sire of both Tivoli Scout and Tivoli Chief) carries a close link to Octum, the dam of Waverly Supreme*, through famous broodbitch Prairie Peg. But add to this the fact My Lady Leanne also carried a double-up of the famous broodbitch Dinah Jet, through her daughter Fairbairn Lady and son Take A Bow.
Dinah Jet, herself, was in-bred to two famous broodbitches.
My Lady Leanne produced Our Legend an Olympic Park winner but who significantly carried a male dominant double-up of Waverly Supreme*, as well as more Temlee and also a double-up of Benjamin John (one more source of Dinah Jet).
It produced Chloe Jones.
Her sire Jones Junior carried eight crosses of Temlee to add to the two Our Legend brought in. There was a double-up of Chariot Supreme (by Waverly Supreme from a Benjamin John bitch) to bring in more Dinah Jet and Prairie Peg.
Chloe Jones found herself going to Brett Lee simply because he was the superstar of his time.
But he also carried four more crosses of Temlee, and one extra of Chariot Supreme this time sex balanced because he appears as the sire of the female Wee Sal in Brett Lee.
The result was 29 crosses of Prairie Peg within 12 generations. The result was Trewly Special, Go Forever, Trew Millions, Borat, Two Up Larry and Fergalicious all from the Brett Lee-Chloe Jones mating, all of them Group performers of the highest order.
The Bartolos also have had great success with the Jones Junior damline, champions like Betty's Angel and her star sister Miss Mini Mouse coming from that line.
A few years ago Chloe Jones was sold by the Bartolos to Engin Gemci. She has yet another litter by Brett Lee, now 16 months old, and has gone to Talk's Cheap a litter that is now six months old.
The Talk's Cheap-Chloe Jones mating brings in a double-up 2x2 of Leprechaun Yap and her half brother Jones Junior.
Diane and Paul Bartolo now longer have bitches from the Chloe Jones damline. They kept a bitch from the first mating to Brett Lee and called her Ange Jones. They gave her to Diane' son Ray but the bitch died from a problem with a grass seed.
"We kept Two Up Larry and have done well with him at stud," said Diane.
Two Up Larry's daughter Sweet About Me was a finalist in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown. She is in-bred to 3x2 to Jones Junior and his litter sister Sheila Blue.
The Bartolos have a five month old litter by Spiral Nikita from Betty's Angel. The bitch had eight and three were sold to a client in Sydney. Miss Mini Mouse has a four month old litter by Premier Fantasy.
The Bartolos will miss with the bitches when they next come into season and are tossing about stud dog ideas for both for their following seasons.
Diane Bartolo is adamant their success these days is all about the rearing.
"We really don't like ton have more than 10 pups on the property at one time," she said. They have a five-acre property.
"We always feed a decent diet of beef," she said. "The pups get lots of handling, three and four times a day."
They are lead trained as early as possible and are never locked up being allowed to run as much and as often as they want. Often this is in a large paddock, or from time to time on the property's slipping track.
"They like to be entertained all the time and we like to entertain them," said Diane.
Jones Junior had to be put down in April when cancer struck. The Bartolos have a number of frozen straws from him still available and plan to use them.
"We have a bitch called Glamorous (Spiral Nikita-Leprechaun Yap) and she could go to him in the future," said Diane. The Head Honcho-Spiral Nikita nick has worked exceptionally well in Ireland and England."
My Lady Leanne
Take A Bow
Tivoli Scout (Tivoli Dreamer*-Heather's Ile)
Tivoli Chief (Tivoli Dreamer*-Heather's Ile)