A cracking effort for Baker stable
THE Bjorn Baker stable may not have known too much about Crack Me Up before yesterday’s Group 3 but jockey Jason Collett had a fair idea of his ability.
The four-year-old was transferred to Baker from Liam Birchley who can’t race horses in NSW due to allegations in the Aquanita doping scandal.
But the horse was cleared to run and Collett knew how good he was after winning the Group 2 Villiers Stakes last summer.
But even Collett couldn’t believe how easy Crack Me Up did it in the final 50m when he beat favourite Care To Think by half a length.
“Gee, that was very soft,” Collett said. “He looked a million dollars and behind the barriers he didn’t sweat up one bit. He went to the start lovely and I thought ‘oh we feel good here’.’’
Stable representative Jack Bruce said the horse only arrived at Baker’s stables shortly after 5am on Thursday and turned up in “immaculate order”.
“He just kept him ticking over. He really has a shine to his coat. He has turned up looking magnificent and raced accordingly,” Bruce said.
Collett said he would be even better over a mile and The Championships awaits, but the stable feels he’ll have at least one more run before the Doncaster Mile, or even two, and go into the $3m race on a quick back-up.
“That was 1300m and he’s won a hard mile in the Villiers. He’ll get some weight for that but I can get down,” Collett said.
Egg Tart ran a slashing and slightly unlucky third after rattling home down the outside.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said the two-time Group 1 winner was back to her old self.
“It was a very good run,’’ he said. “Good to see her back with some nice ground, she’s finished off very well.”
Favourite Care To Think had a tough run.