Juffs Crossing notches tough win

04:57 PM 28 Jul 2014 NZST
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Brian Mackrill Juffs Crossing (centre) defeats Boltnmach (outside) and Precious Dragon.jpg
Brian Mackrill
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Juffs Crossing (centre) defeats Boltnmach (outside) and Precious Dragon
VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing owner-trainer Brian Mackrill wasn't surprised to see well bred pacer Juffs Crossing win the Tasmanian Horse Transport Stakes at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night despite the gelding's long odds ($39.90).

Juffs Crossing had ordinary form going into the race but when he landed in the "death" outside of the leader and favourite Precious Dragon after having to work hard three-wide in the early stages.

Most punters expected Mackrill's gelded six-year-old to drop off when the pressure was applied turning for home but instead he gave his all and edged out Boltnmach and Precious Dragon in a slog-fest style finish.

``His form hasn't been as bad as it might look on paper,'' Mackrill said.

``He hasn't been scoring up (behind the mobile) in his recent races."

``But tonight he got a good run through early and ended up outside the leader," he said.

Juffs Crossing (Cammibest-Power Full Miss) was well driven by John Walters who landed a double when he guided Karalta Dazzler to victory in the following race.

Mackrill doesn't have a huge opinion of Juffs Crossing but he does think he is capable of winning a couple more races.

``They ran along a bit tonight which suited him because he's a big one-paced plugger," Mackrill said.

``He's got no sprint but he will keep grinding."

``He can run 30-seconds quarters (400m) and keep running them.''

While failing to score up at the start was a problem, Mackrill also explained that the horse had his share of bad luck in recent races.

"When Ricky Duggan drove him here a couple of starts ago, he was held up and never got a crack at them,'' the trainer said.

``We actually fancied him a bit tonight," he said.

By Peter Staples

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