Scuffy and Sta­ples de­liver for mar­ried trainer

The Sunday Times - - SPORT - JOHN ELSEGOOD

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.

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