Ju­ni­pal’s train­ers to aim for Golden Ea­gle

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.

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