Day At The Track

Interstate trip on radar for Jerrys Jet

05:08 PM 06 May 2015 NZST
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Jerrys Jet (outsde)
Jerrys Jet (outsde) defeats Boasson Hagen (centre) and Mister Lennox in 2014 Sweepstakes final
Peter Staples Photo

After Jerrys Jet stormed home to score an unbelievable win in the 2014 2YO Sweepstakes final on the Elwick track in Hobart his owners were excited about what the future might hold for the talented pacer.

His Sweepstakes win was one of the most impressive performances seen by a juvenile pacer in a feature race final as he came from last on the home turn to win in a three-way photo finish.

He was in the care of Paul Hill who at that stage had prepared the gelding to win four from as many starts.

Jerrys Jet went on to win a Dandy Patch Prelude before being beaten by Boasson Hagen in the Dandy Patch final.

He was sent for a spell and resumed with a win in January followed by a second to No Spring Secrets in Launceston.

Jerrys Jet was subsequently sent to Rohan Hillier's stable by his owner Charlie Beadman.

Hillier had open class horses with which Jerry Jet could work with and that was expected to help the owner determine whether or not Jerrys Jet would be up to tackling an interstate campaign.

The son of Jeremes Jet had his first start for Hillier in the Sires Produce Stakes at Ubet Park Hobart last Sunday night and it was clear he is going to be up to the challenge when he leaves the state.

With Hillier in the sulky, Jerrys Jet scorched to the front from a wide gate and after a modest first half (800m) he quickened the tempo and when asked for an effort by Hillier he reeled off a sizzling last quarter (400m) in 26.7 seconds.

He defeated the highly promising filly Followthewind that went into the race on the back of a brilliant win in the Premier's Blue Bonnet Stakes clocking a mile rate of 1.59.5.

Hillier was ecstatic after the win.

"They wanted to find out if this horse was good enough to go interstate and in my opinion he will match whatever he goes up against when he gets there," Hillier said.

"It's a shame he's not paid up for the Breeders Crown because he would have given that a shake but we'll stay here for the Tasmanian Guineas in a fortnight and then go to the Globe Derby ($30,000 sires stakes race)."

"The owners will probably look at sending him interstate after the Globe Derby because he is still only a C0 rated horse."

"If he can reel off a 26.7 last quarter on the Hobart track he can run a quarter at least two seconds better on the Menangle track and that would make him very competitive," he said.

Peter Staples

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