In­side knowl­edge puts Penza in driver’s seat aboard vet­eran Ji­marni

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

JEFF Penza won’t need any in­struc­tions from trainer Jason At­tard as to how to ride Ji­marni in to­day’s fea­ture hav­ing rid­den the geld­ing at 22 of his 28 starts — not to men­tion the horse’s three wins.

Penza was on board as usual for Ji­marni’s “enor­mous’’ per­for­mance at Bathurst last start when third from an out­side bar­rier and un­der the crush­ing weight of 60kg.

To­day’s race is very dif­fer­ent in that Ji­marni has the limit weight of 54kg and will start from bar­rier one; the only con­stant be­ing the man in the sad­dle.

“The own­ers are huge Jeff Pezna fans and Jeff knows the horse like the back of his hand,’’ At­tard said.

“Ji­marni drew num­ber one which is not a great bar­rier for the horse but the cut­away (rail) ap­plies there to­day and he’ll be on the speed and hope­fully just get a run up along the rail depend­ing on how bad the track is. We’ll go from there.

“His Bathurst run was enor­mous — we were all so rapped in Ji­marni — he is just an old faith­ful for the sta­ble. He keeps try­ing and nearly ev­ery race he has raced in he has put in a huge run so he’s been good to us.’’

At­tard’s only other run­ner at Mus- well­brook this af­ter­noon is the Ki­wibred geld­ing Seek­ing Af­fec­tion, who is by If­fraaj, the same sire as New Zealand Derby win­ner Ginger­nuts and ATC Aus­tralian Derby hero Jon Snow.

Seek­ing Af­fec­tion will be rid­den by Grant Buckley whom At­tard ac­knowl­edges as be­ing a great friend as well as a great help to him while he was sling-bound af­ter breaking his col­lar­bone fol­low­ing a fall from a horse in track­work last month. “I usu­ally ride most of my horses (in track­work) and Grant was the first to of­fer to come and help us out while I was out of ac­tion which is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated,’’ At­tard said.

“He’s had a good feel for Seek­ing Af­fec­tion hav­ing rid­den him track­work. I am not think­ing he is go­ing there as a huge win­ning hope but I think he’ll be fin­ish­ing off nicely up that long straight at Muswell­brook.’’

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