Day At The Track

Christmas Jolt remains unbeaten at three

05:42 PM 24 Sep 2015 NZST
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Christmas Jolt - Two for two so far as a three year old
Christmas Jolt - Two for two so far as a three year old

As he did at two, Christmas Jolt (3G, Village Jolt/Christmas Cullen) has made a winning start to his three-year-old harness racing campaign.

The Peter Manning trained pacer notched his eighth win at start 19 last night at Echuca, defeating a small field in the 2QN Radio 3YO Pace over 2160 metres.

Working to the lead in the front straight the first time, Christmas Jolt (driven by Kerryn Manning) paced his last mile in 2mins 1.7secs courtesy of a slow 63.7secs first half before coming home in 58secs.

Last season Christmas Jolt exploded on to the scene with five wins at his first six starts, including victories in the Premiere Stakes and a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at Melton.

He went on to win a semi-final of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series by 5m over eventual Vicbred and Tatlow Stakes winner Shadow Sax.

He won six races overall as a two-year-old, Peter Manning even declaring him potentially the best youngster he’d ever trained.

So far at three he’s won in 1-59.2 at Ballarat over 1710m and in 2mins tonight at Echuca.

Meanwhile, Secret Agenda (4M, Secret Life/Live Or Die) broke through for her first win at start No.14.

A full-sister to Perfect Life (fourth in a Vicbred Super Series Final at four and third in HBV Silver Chalice) and half-sister to Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret and two-time Group 1 winner Major Secret, Secret Agenda is a blueblood.

Trained by Emma Stewart at Smythes Creek, John Caldow guided the mare home in 2-01.4 in the Echuca New Year's Day Night Meeting Pace over 2160m


Cody Winnell

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