Day At The Track

Jack in fine form ahead of Ballarat Cup

09:02 AM 12 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Nathan Jack
Philadelphia Man
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Harness racing driver Nathan Jack is high on confidence ahead of Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup in which he has scored the plum drive behind Philadelphia Man.

Philadelphia Man is one of four representatives from the Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin stable.

Jack has driven eight winners since Tuesday – from 14 drives – including five victories at Echuca on Tuesday night.

It was the first time Jack has registered a quintet, having lodged a quartet 11 times.

Jack’s haul kicked off with Wamboyne Woody when the Ross Arentz-trained gelding took out the Trainers 1st January $500 Pace by 36 metres in a rate of 1:59 for the 1755-metre trip.

Jack made it back-to-back wins after scoring with Contemporary Art for trainer Norm Jerrick before partnering Vic The Victorious, Indi Bapu and Ebbsandflows to glory later in the program.

Jack’s ‘purple patch’ is matched by Philadelphia Man heading into the Group One. The son of Art Major has won his last nine starts.

Despite the step up in grade, Philadelphia Man is on the third line of betting at $3.60 on TAB fixed odds.

The six-year-old’s stablemate, Guaranteed, is the favourite at $2.20, with last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup winner, Terror To Love, the second elect at $3.

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