Jet Master’s good son Jet Explorer has already beaten the veterinary science odds and is now showing signs of defying his age. The 8yo produced an explosive burst to win the R100 000 Founders Trophy at Fairview on Friday and in the process rounded off a second consecutive hat-trick at the venue for trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie.
The combination enjoyed a double at Kenilworth on Wednesday and were also in the hat-trick seats at Fairview last Friday, scooping the exacta in the Listed Jockey Club Stakes feature with the Australian-bred Acrostar beating stablemate Harvard Crimson.
The performance of the day on Friday was again delivered by the Cape boys – and undoubtedly came from Jet Explorer, who was well weighted to score in the 1600m polytrack feature.
His main opponent, the Polytrack star Gogetthesheriff , had awful luck in the home straight, when having to check off the heels of the tiring Global Express at a crucial stage.
The son of Go Deputy failed to recover and ran out of the money and 3,05 lengths off the facile winner.
One major positive for the Jacques Strydom team would be that the enigmatic starter went into the stalls like a lamb – and even jumped enthusiastically, Ryan Munger finding himself leading the pack after 25m!
But none had any answers for the popular 16-10 shot Jet Explorer, who came home powerfully under a confident Fourie to beat Cruzcampo by 1,75 lengths in a time of 99,96 secs.
Ed – this time seems way out – we have timed it substantially faster and have requested Phumelela to investigate.
Former Gr1 winner Afrikaburn ran on steadily from off the pace to secure third, a further length back. He is certainly worth watching and could win soon.
Jet Explorer, who signalled his readiness for the Gr3 Algoa Cup at the end of October, took his career earnings to R1 135 510. He has won 8 races from 41 starts with 19 places, and has proven versatile with impressive ability on turf and the poly.
He is a son of the late champion sire Jet Master out of the one-time winning Icelander mare, Polar Star. He was bred by Patricia Devine and runs in her and her husband Henry’s silks, which were also carried by the great Jet Master.
Alan Greeff shared the training honours on the day with Justin Snaith – two of the Greeff winners being ridden by their first choice jockey, Greg Cheyne.
Gavin Smith and Juan Paul van der Merwe also enjoyed a nice double.
Former Ormond Ferraris assistant Sharon Kotzen saddled her first runner as a fully fledged trainer in the ninth race of the day. She sent out the Toreador filly Vanda, who ran a creditable fifth and 3,75 lengths off the winner Hurricane Shelley.
It was a day of mostly reasonable results – confirmed by the exotics generally behaving themselves.