Junipal’s trainers to aim for Golden Eagle
CO-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace sent Junipal to their Sydney foreman Annabel Neasham hopeful he could race himself into the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill in November.
Yesterday at Randwick, Junipal ticked the first box by winning. Ridden by Mark Zahra, the four-year-old chased down a game Greysful Glamour to win by half a length.
“He’s a late-maturing horse but is really improving,” Neasham said.
“He went to Brisbane for the winter and only had a short freshen-up because David and Ciaron just felt he was a horse that should keep on racing.”
Junipal will have to keep winning if he is to gain a spot in the second-richest race in NSW.
“He’s a big colt that takes a little bit of work and hopefully we can find something even nicer for him next,” Neasham said.
“We’ll have to have a look in the calendar and see what there is but we’re trying to get him into the Golden Eagle. We need to get his rating up a bit.
“They were going quite quick and it was a good ride from Mark, who managed to tuck in quickly. He’s very versatile; goes on the wet or the hard tracks.”
Zahra said that the win was worth the trip up to Sydney after his The Shorts ride Santa Ana Lane was scratched during the week.
“He (Junipal) ran well and he’s racing in good form,” Zahra said. “He just came off the bridle mid-race but coming to the turn I was pretty confident but we still had to run the leader down.”
Melbourne’s Mark Zahra salutes on Junipal.