Shepparton News

Hard to miss Jack on track

FARRAR’S LIEUTENANT TOWERS OVER RIVALS AS HE MONSTERS THEM AT MARYBOROUG­H IN STRONG FASHION

- By Gus Underwood

David Farrar and the imposing Lieutenant Jack notched a win at Maryboroug­h recently — and standing at more than 17 hands, the horse’s performanc­e was certainly a standout showing.

Towering pacer Lieutenant Jack, who saluted in style on Monday at Maryboroug­h, is still a work in progress according to his Shepparton trainer Dave Farrar.

With only four previous starts the beautifull­y bred three-year-old son of Art Major was having his first outing since April and rolled the favourite, the Kari Males-prepared Le Belle Bijoux, in notching his maiden victory with Damian Wilson in the sulky.

Farrar has been staggered by the pacer’s growth since he bought him at the APG sales as a yearling.

‘‘He was just over 14 hands as a yearling when I bought him and has just kept growing,’’ Farrar said.

Lieutenant Jack now stands an imposing 17.3 hands and anyone who cares to watch the replay of his win will notice how he dwarfed his rivals.

Farrar said he was taking Lieutenant Jack along quietly because of his size.

‘‘I’m in no hurry with him and I’m hoping he will develop into a really good horse with time,’’ he said.

‘‘I have always liked him, but I have had problems finding a bit that suited him, but hopefully I’ve solved that problem now.’’

Farrar said it was the first horse he had owned outright for about 15 years.

Lieutenant Jack is out of the Christian Cullen mare Localize and is a full brother to the extra smart racemare Our Golden Goddess, a winner of 17 of her 29 starts and more than $442,000 prizemoney.

The promising Fides (by Rock N Roll Heaven) is also a half sister who was won nine of her 26 starts.

Lieutenant Jack’s second dam was the extra smart No Nukes mare Stabilise, a winner of 33 of her 54 starts and more than $355,000 in prizemoney.

Among Stabilise’s four foals to win was the champion gelding Sushi Sushi, also by Art Major, whose 27 wins and 13 placings from 42 starts put him in the millionair­e club.

Farrar has not chosen Lieutenant Jack’s next assignment at this stage, but that will probably be made when the cobwebs from the celebratio­ns that night for Lieutenant Jack’s win at Trevor Forsyth’s Royal Mail Hotel at Mooroopna subside.

Maximum money

The Aikens struck in two states on Saturday with wins at Ballarat and Menangle.

David Aiken produced classy pacer Max Delight for a runaway win at Menangle and son Josh piloted Sirletic to an equally commanding win at Ballarat.

Josh Aiken broke a run of four successive wins and five wins on the program by the Gaths — trainer Andy and his reinswoman wife Kate — in the first four races when he landed Sirletic a clear winner.

Sirletic was sporting the colours of the great and late Gavin Lang, who won seven races with the Rocknroll Hanover gelding earlier in his career.

David Aiken has now won five races with Sirletic, who is building an impressive resume of 15 wins and 15 placings from 42 starts which have netted $193,793 in prizemoney.

Classy pacer Max Delight bounced back into the winner’s circle in style at Menangle.

The five-year-old son of Bettors Delight was driven off the gate to lead from barrier nine for reinsman Jack Trainor and spreadeagl­ed his rivals over the 1609m trip, posting a sizzling PB 1:50.0 mile rate which included a 54.3 last half.

Max Delight was coming off two thirds and two unplaced runs at Menangle, but was back to his best.

The spacious Menangle track has proved a happy hunting ground for Max Delight who won the NSW Derby there in 2019 and finished third in the Chariots of Fire to Lochinvar Art last year.

His stablemate Malcolms Rhythm finished sixth in the same race on Saturday night.

Dozen for Zuberi

Sirletic wasn’t the only Aveneltrai­ned pacer to salute at the transferre­d metro meeting at Ballarat.

Veteran horseman Col Duncan produced consistent pacer Zuberi for his 12th win.

He has also finished second and third on 12 occasions.

Reinsman Josh Duggan executed the perfect drive on Zuberi who came from a one-one sit at the bell to account for Betterexcl­usive and Wyattflynn in the dash to the finishing line.

Ironically Chris Alford, who drove the runner-up, is the regular reinsman for Zuberi, although when not available Duggan takes the drive and has now won two races on the Art Major eight-year-old.

He’s not so bad

Tongala trainer Mick Watt is enjoying life at the moment.

After posting a recent win with Keayang Di Vinci at Melton, Watt produced pacer Fullofmisc­hief to win at Shepparton on Sunday.

Reinsman James Herbertson utilised Fullofmisc­hief’s barrier three draw to take up the front running and was never headed in the 1690m dash, beating the Russell Jack-trained Dealmaker and the Steve Duffy-prepared Ubetcha.

A five-year-old son of Major Bronski, Fullofmisc­hief posted a PB 1:56.3 mile rate for the trip, which was the quickest of three heats which had its final at Cobram yesterday.

On the strength of a second placing at Echuca on August 3 Fullofmisc­hief’s win was popular with punters as he started a $2.60 favourite on the tote.

He was one of two Tongalatra­ined pacers to win his heat and advance to the Cobram final in the series for 51-54 class pacers.

Veteran horseman Gary Merkel produced the other winner, the hardy mare Roslyn Gaye.

Having her 29th start for the season, the six-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella was driven quietly at the rear of the field by Damian Wilson and came five deep to swamp her rivals in the home straight.

It was her third win for the season and her 10th career win — there have also been 12 seconds and 12 thirds — in her 102 starts.

The third heat of the series also had a local f lavour with young concession reinsman Cody Crossland landing the Brent Lilley-trained Cheddar Valley a winner in the most thrilling finish on the program.

Crossland brought the four-yearold son of Betterthan­cheddar from last at the 400m to mow down his rivals and get the verdict in a blanket photo finish from Ferocious Son and Secret Identity.

Only 3.6m separated the first seven horses across the finishing line.

Cigars and drinks

Heathcote trainer Terry French and his reinswoman daughter Tayla took the training and driving honours at Shepparton with a double in the first three races.

They combined to win the opening event with new stable addition Havana and were back in the winner’s circle in the third race with Joeys Hangover.

A five-year-old mare by Caribbean Blaster, Havana has been campaignin­g at Bathurst and was out of form when sent for a spell in April with three wins from 37 starts.

Despite being caught in the death seat in the run Havana toughed it out to beat the favourite and pacemaker Forest Force and Artizz.

Joeys Hangover came from one out three back at the bell to notch his 11th win.

He’s going Well Well

Well Said gelding Well Well notched his third win in 13 starts for the season when he saluted on Monday at Maryboroug­h.

The Rosie Weidenbach-trained and Kevin Weidenbach Jr driven five-year-old was able to wear down Nuart in the home straight and his 1:58.5 mile rate was the quickest of his six wins from 62 starts.

Well Well is the sixth winner from the Albert Albert mare Johnola Bay which includes Flanuer (by Bettors Delight) a winner of 13 races.

Big date for Lover

Promising trotter Locksley Lover will tackle the $50,000 Group One for three-year-old colts and geldings first-up at the metro meeting at Kilmore tomorrow night.

The son of Love You, prepared by Locksley horseman John Nissen, has not raced since winning at Kilmore on April 29.

He won at Yarra Valley prior to that at his second start.

Bec Bartley will be in the sulky again for tomorrow night’s assignment when he comes from a poleline draw against a field of smart rivals.

Another of the features at the meeting is the Maoris Idol Trotters Free-For-All in which the David Aiken-trained Aldebaran Crescent comes from barrier three in a starstudde­d field which includes Majestuoso, which some pundits are predicting to be the next big thing in the Australian trotting ranks.

Coming up

Today: Mildura (d), Bendigo (n).

Tomorrow: Kilmore (n).

Sunday: Cranbourne (t).

Monday: Horsham (d).

Tuesday: Melton (t).

Wednesday: Shepparton (n).

Thursday: Maryboroug­h (d), Mildura (n).

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Picture: Megan Fisher
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Picture: Megan Fisher Good effort: David Farrar and Lieutenant Jack are celebratin­g the latter’s maiden victory.

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