Day At The Track

Jack riding crest of a wave

10:53 PM 12 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Nathan Jack scoring with Smudge Bromac

Harness racing driver Nathan Jack has continued his sensational form ahead of tomorrow night’s Group One Ballarat Cup.

Riding the crest of a wave, Jack has registered nine wins since last Tuesday, with the latest coming in this afternoon’s Yarra Valley Cup.

Jack combined with premier trainer David Aiken to capture the feature with handy pacer Smudge Bromac, which shrugged off a 10-metre handicap to score in record time.

Gaining a three-wide trail during the latter stages, Smudge Bromac cruised to a four-and-a-half metre win from Cut For An Ace, with Blucolla Tigerpie a half-head away third.

Covering the last half in 58 seconds, the nine-year-old rated 1:57.1 for the 2650-metre stand, slashing 2.2 seconds off Mustang Mach’s track record established in the 2012 Cup.

As for Jack’s main mission of the weekend, he will partner exciting performer Philadelphia Man in the Ballarat Cup.

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

Successful at his last nine starts, Philadelphia Man has drawn well in barrier three, which has seen him posted on the third lining 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.

  • PAUL COURTS

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