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Helena Jet won't miss Adore Me

05:25 PM 21 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Helena Jet - Ready to step up in the absence of Adore Me
Helena Jet - Ready to step up in the absence of Adore Me

A couple of harness racing trainers who were happier than most to hear of Adore Me's attack on the Victoria and Hunter Cups were Greg and Nina Hope.

It has been quite frustrating for the Woodend based couple to repeatedly line their star mare Helena Jet up against Adore Me over the last 12 months and know deep down that Adore Me had the wood on them.

Helena Jet's last three runs against Adore Me have resulted in a second in the $150,000 Harness Jewels at Cambridge, a second in the $30,000 Northern Breeders Stakes at Alexandra Park and a second in the $100,000 Queen Of Hearts at Alexandra Park so to not have to face Adore Me in the $40,000 Garrards Premier Championship at the end of the month brought a smile to co-trainer Greg Hope's face when he spoke to Harnesslink today.

"Adore Me is just a champion and arguably the best horse in the country so for her to be in Australia gives us a real chance."

"Helena Jet has been going great races lately but Adore Me is a champion," Greg said.

Sent south to contest the Oaks and Nevele R final as a three year old by her northern owners, Helena Jet failed to impress Greg when he first worked her.

" She works like an average maiden at home and even now her work is not that flash."

"I wasn't that confident when I first took her to the races at Addington."

"Ricky May (driver) told me afterwards that she warmed up poorly as well but soon as she turned to get on the gate in the score up she was all business."

"She went 1:54.9 that night and I knew then that she was everything her owners said she was," Greg said.

Greg is confident that the daughter of Jeremes Jet is ready to step up in the the absence of Adore Me.

"She is a ferocious competitor when she gets out on the track."

"She can get really keen so we use a colt bit on her to make her a bit easier to control," Greg said.

While several other runners such as Lancewood Lizzie and Venus Serena will have their admirers, the performances of Helena Jet behind Adore Me over the last few months means she is the one they all have to beat on January 30th at Addington.

Harnesslink Media

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