JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW
Jul 17, 2015
A week in a long time in football. It is also a long time in racing. This time last week we were enduring a frustrating run of placings. Wind the clock forward a week and the stable has notched up two wins and an unlucky second in the Creswick Stakes with Sang Choi Bao.
MAGNATUNE GETTING BETTER WITH AGE
Magnatune is a rising 6yo but seems to be getting better with racing! He was simply outstanding leading all the way at Moonee Valley on Wedneday with young apprentice Regan Bayliss on board.
"He ran poorly at Ballarat last start but he just wasn't fit enough for a strong 2000m. I brought him back in distance and asked Regan to lead at all costs. At his best, he reminds me a bit of Loot N Run. They are the two best wet trackers in the stable and both love leading".
PARALLEL LINES STRIKES
Mossman filly Parallel Lines has always shown good ability at home and took a step in the right direction with a strong win at Echuca. She was an $80k purchase at last years Magic Millions Sale and races for a partnership headed by Delbridge Racing, Mark Greenup and an enthusiastic bunch of owners from Visy Industries.
"I think we will see the best of her once she steps out to 1400m and 1600m. She didn't beat a whole lot today but she is growing in confidence and we are hoping that she can kick on and hopefully develop into a city class filly".
Here are Jason's comments regarding out runners this weekend.
Tillaconi - Race 3 - Never came up last preparation and is going much better this time in. The wet tracks poses no problems and he is back in class so should run well first up. Just a slight query on his fitness being first up over a mile.
Khal Drogo - Race 6 - the only son of Fastnet Rock in our stable! Has battled knee issues throughout his career but made an encouraging return to the track a few weeks ago after a long time out. Should be right in the mix tomorrow.
Baron Manfred - Race 8 - generally takes a couple of runs to reach peak fitness but he is back in grade and goes into this race with 3 trials under his belt so should be competitive.
Brahms Prospector - Race 9 - building up to a win and looks super at the moment. Will go forward from the good draw and should be hard to beat with young apprentice Ben Thompson on board.
Battles End - Race 6 - has been mixing her form and has been out of the winners circle for a while. If she runs up to her good run two starts ago, she won't be far away at good odds.
Bearish - Race 8 - found the line nicely last start over a mile. Steps up to 2000m which should suit the daughter of High Chaparral. If the backmarkers are making ground, she should be hitting the line late.
THE BARRISTER SOLD - A DAY OF MIXED EMOTIONS
It was a day of mixed emotions with the recent sale of promising colt The Barrister to Hong Kong.
"It was obviously disappointing to lose a high calibre colt. He looked Group 1 material after his excellent Autumn. However, it was a no-brainer for his owners Brian Toohey, Bill Toohey and Max Whitby. The money on offer was simply too good to refuse and I fully supported the decision to sell him. If he was mine, I would have sold him in a heartbeat!"
"He turned out to be a terrific buy. We bought him for $110k and he won nearly $200k on the track and gave the guys some huge thrills with his win in the Fernhill Handicap and his terrific run in the G1 Champagne Stakes".
"We have around 12-15 yearlings going through the stable at the moment and they are a stellar bunch of youngsters. Hopefully, we unearth another one or two which can emulate The Barrister!"
NEW ASSISTANT TRAINER APPOINTED
Exciting news with the appointment of Adrian McGregor as JWR's new Assistant Trainer.
Adrian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to JWR having trained successfully in his own right and more recently being Assistant Trainer to Colin and Cindy Alderson at Cranbourne.
"He is a fantastic horseman with years of experience behind him. It wasn't easy getting him over to JWR but I am thrilled that he finally agreed to sign on as I think he will be a huge asset for the business"
We've had two winners since Adrian started..lets hope it continues!!!