Scuffy and Staples deliver for married trainer
RECENTLY married trainer Paul Jordan claimed he needed a win because he had an extra mouth to feed and Scuffy and jockey Craig Staples delivered it in the James Boag Premium Maiden (1200m) at Belmont yesterday. Staples rode just the way Jordan likes, namely to have his horses out in front and setting the terms.
Although Heir And There jumped away best of all, his jockey, William Pike, was prepared to yield to Staples who crossed to the lead after about 300m of the race.
Jordan, who considers Scuffy a promising type, was far happier with this run of the $4.40-favourite compared to her last start second, on September 2, when beaten a neck by Kia Ora Star.
“On that occasion she had been eyeballed throughout by another runner and it told when she was caught at the finish,” Jordan said.
Earlier, Athlete’s powerful finishing victory impressed trainer Neville Parnham enough to consider an eastern states campaign with the threeyear-old gelding after he had won his second race this campaign in only a four start career.