Aquajinsky scores at $151
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.