Day At The Track

Jerrys Jet does best for Hillier

11:32 AM 15 Jul 2015 NZST
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Jerrys Jet with Rohan Hillier aboard easily wins a race in Hobart recently
Jerrys Jet with Rohan Hillier aboard easily wins a race in Hobart recently

Star Tasmanian harness racing three-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet continued on his winning way at UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night where he toyed with his rivals to win the McKillop Insurance Pace over 2200 metres.

It was a relatively strong C4-C6 line-up with Palmisano showing his customary early speed to lead while Jerrys Jet's trainer-driver Rohan Hillier allowed the three-year-old to face the breeze but well away from the leader so as to not get his charge fired up.

The ploy worked perfectly as nothing came around to disrupt Hillier's plan and when he called on Jerrys Jet to extend in the home straight the gelded son of Jeremes Jet claimed the leader and went on to score by over six metres from Palmisano with Aninchofhislife an eye-catching third 1.5 metres away.

Hillier said there was never a moment when he had to get really busy on his stable star.

"The plan was to lead but when Palmisano led and cleared out I thought we could just sit off him and ensure by horses didn't get too fired up," Hillier said.

"I was on a $1.20 chance so I had to give him the easiest run possible and in the end it was probably his best since he's been with me."

"To go out and do what he did against older and much more experienced horses is a real credit to him."

"When he gets to open class next season that's when we'll see the best of this horse," he said.

Jerrys Jet has won seven of his eight starts this season and has taken his career win tally to 12 from 14 lifetime starts for just over $90,000 in stakes.

Hillier was hoping to run Jerrys Jet in the $10,000 3YO Championship in Launceston on Sunday week but with that race likely to fall over due to a lack of acceptances due to Jerrys Jet being amongst the likely candidates, Hillier may have no alternative but to send him for a spell.

The managing owner of Jerrys Jet, Charlie Beadman, has been coy about sending the gelding interstate to race this preparation but next season he could be having to consider tackling races like the Chariots of Fire and the likes if he progresses as well as Hillier predicts.

Jerrys Jet has the potential to reach the heights of Tasmania's dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide but we won't know until he is tested against the best interstate.

But the horse might never race outside of Tasmania and sadly that is a distinct possibility.

Peter Staples

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