A top-class Emerald Cup prep. That is probably the best way of describing a professional performance by Mike De Broglio’s 7yo Jet Supreme in the 1450m Pinnacle Stakes at the Vaal on Thursday.
The 2011 Listed Darley Arabian winner registered his hat trick of wins on the sand and the result was never in doubt as he powered on relentlessly.
Jet Jamboree is likely to start favourite for Africa’s richest sand race and must be a major contender, especially from a favourable draw. He will not race again before the big one.
A year rest and gelding has made all the difference to the once unsound galloper who was regarded as a potential future stallion prospect by his connections.
Ridden by regular pilot Gavin Lerena, Jet Jamboree was always in command from his 1 draw and dealt with all challengers in the final stages
Jet Jamboree maintained his long stride and stayed on best of all to win by 1,25 lengths in a time of 89,88 secs.
The current highest rated sand horse Uncle Tommy (121) stayed on doggedly but is dwarfed by Jet Jamboree and he had no chance with the winner, while Shadow Line charged into third to run way above his rating.
Geoff Woodruff’s Killua Castle came from lengths back to grab the fourth cheque but 6,25 lengths behind.
He is better over slightly further and takes a while to catch his stride.
The disappointment was Mike De Kock’s Nigel Mansell. A horse who has won his last two starts by close on twenty lengths, he had no answers late in the race and faded out to run 7,75 lengths behind.
He was in touch for most of the trip but may have found the 1450m on the short side.
He should not be written off for the Emerald Cup though as he will enjoy more advantageous weight terms there.
Jet Jamboree has now won 7 races with 9 places from his 20 starts for stakes of R658 150.
He was bred by Patricia Devine and is by Jet Master out of the three-time winning Qui Danzig mare Rollicking Romp.
Jet Jamboree is owner Mike De Broglio’s first seven time winner and Zaki described him as a livewire for the Emerald Cup who was getting better all the time.
The R200 000 Gr3 August Stakes will be run over 1200m on 30 August and the winner is guaranteed a place in the R1 million Emerald Cup final field.
Declarations are due on Tuesday 26 August:
25 ACROSS THE ICE Sean Tarry 106
24 ALWAYS AL Sean Tarry 96
5 ANGER (BRZ) Corne Spies 91
10 BENBOW Leon Erasmus 79
23 BLAZING AL Sean Tarry 76
29 CAPTAIN HADDOCK Ormond Ferraris 85
2 CHIEF SIOUX Paul Matchett 83
11 COMMISSIONERSTREET Paul Matchett 80
14 FOYLE Mike de Kock 84
17 GLOBAL EXPRESS Mike Bass 89
15 HANG FIRE (ARG) Brett Webber 84
1 ISOBAR Weiho Marwing 93
12 KILLUA CASTLE (AUS Geoff Woodruff 102
3 MIDNIGHT RUN Garth Puller 105
7 NATIONAL KEY Brian Wiid 88
13 NICE STRIDE Leon Erasmus 96
32 NIGEL MANSELL (BRZ Mike de Kock 88
20 PANJO Mike Azzie 90
21 PINOT NOIR David Rahilly 85
18 SABADELL Geoff Woodruff 93
31 SAMOGAN (AUS) Sean Tarry 82
4 SHADOW OFHIS SMILE Geoff Woodruff 88
30 SHARP DESIGN Ormond Ferraris 107
6 SHE'S A STUNNER Sean Tarry 91
22 STAVINSKY Leon Erasmus 89
16 STORM INCOMING Stephen Moffatt 84
33 SUGAR AND SHAKE David Rahilly 90
28 THE HANGMAN Sean Tarry 97
26 TOMMY GUN Corne Spies 108
27 TRIP TEASE Louis Goosen 99
8 VELDDRIFTER Scott Kenny 82
19 VULCAN Scott Kenny 80
9 YUKON GOLD Leon Erasmus 91