Aqua­jin­sky scores at $151

The West Australian - - RACING - Ernie Manning

Trainer Ivan Haggerty is aim­ing for a fam­ily dou­ble af­ter caus­ing Perth rac­ing’s up­set of the year when Aqua­jin­sky was a $151 win­ner at Bel­mont Park yes­ter­day.

Aqua­jin­sky, a dis­tant eighth at her pre­vi­ous start, stormed home with jockey Jerry Noske aboard and scored by a half-head in the Pen­folds Hand­i­cap (2000m).

“The win didn’t sur­prise me. She worked par­tic­u­larly well on Satur­day morn­ing,” Haggerty said.

He will start Aqua­jin­sky’s four-year-old half­brother Mr Con­fi­dent in a maiden at Northam today.

“This will be Mr Con­fi­dent’s first race and I ex­pect him to go well,” Haggerty said.

“Pa­trick Car­bery is booked to ride him.”

Noske said she had not ex­pected a lot from Aqua­jin­sky, the long­est-priced win­ner at Bel­mont and As­cot in 2017.

“But she was trav­el­ling well in about sev­enth po­si­tion at 600m,” Noske said.

“It re­ally sur­prised me when she started to move up strongly.

“We were third at the home turn and I knew she’d be hard to beat.”

Haggerty said a ten­don in­jury had dis­rupted Aqua­jin­sky’s ca­reer.

“I was tak­ing her along eas­ily as she re­cov­ered,” he said. “Then the mare showed in train­ing that she was ready to win. But I didn’t have a cent on her.

“Mr Con­fi­dent is a Vis­count geld­ing who has gained ex­pe­ri­ence in bar­rier tri­als. He hasn’t been placed in the tri­als and I’d ex­pect him to also start at good prices.”

Trainer Adam Dur­rant pre­dicted a bright fu­ture for Mir­a­cle Man af­ter he won a three-year-old hand­i­cap over 1650m yes­ter­day.

“He’s a derby prospect,” Dur­rant said.

“The Guineas in Novem­ber is also a con­sid­er­a­tion. But it may be a bit soon for him.

“We could soon give him a break and bring him back for the derby next au­tumn, when he’s more ma­ture.”

Mir­a­cle Man, rid­den yes­ter­day by Wil­liam Pike, is a half-brother to city win­ners My Bonny Lad and Bonny Zara.

Pike also rode promis­ing three-year-old State Pros­e­cu­tor when he won first-up in yes­ter­day’s 1300m maiden for co­train­ers Grant and Alana Wil­liams. Owner Bob Peters said the geld­ing’s next race per­for­mance would de­cide his im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

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