Day At The Track

Babavska emerges as Group 1 threat

04:06 PM 14 Oct 2019 NZDT
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Jilliby Babavska
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Jason Lee isn’t afraid to take a glance at the stars with in-form square-gaiter Jilliby Babavska following his third successive triumph on Saturday night.

Lee was at the controls as the son of Sundon burst through along the sprint lane to take out the Pryde’s Easi Lyte Trot at Tabcorp Park Melton, putting a third picket on the fence.

Trained by his brother Paddy, Lee said the big races across the summer carnival were on the agenda for the six-year-old.

“I would love to have him win a Group 1 race - that would be awesome if he could do that,” Lee said.

“There’s probably no real standouts in the trotters at the moment, apart from maybe Tornado Valley when he is up and going, and probably six or seven other really nice ones.

“Obviously McLovin went super Saturday night, but I reckon in the big race (Alderbaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint) with the right run, (Jilliby Babavska) could have won the race.”

A leg injury that required a pin to be inserted into a back fetlock saw Jilliby Babavska sidelined throughout 2018. He eventually returned to the races in May this year and has strung together eight wins since.

Lee didn’t take much prodding to label Jilliby Babavska one of the quickest trotters he’d driven.

“I reckon he is one of, if not the, quickest trotter I’ve sat behind for sheer speed,” Lee said.

“He is definitely a difficult horse to drive, but in terms of speed I haven’t driven a lot of trotters that can reel off 27 quarters like he was able to do there a couple of weeks ago at Melton.

“When you hit the button, it’s just like driving a fast pacer. He has just got that sheer speed. He has definitely got the attributes to turn into a Group 1 winning trotter."

Lee said it’s likely Jilliby Babavska would be nominated for the Group 3 Maryborough Trotters Cup on Sunday.

 

Tim O'Connor

HRV Trots Media

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