Jetson Express records another Albany win
Versatile galloper Jetson Express has delivered another victory at his favourite hunting ground, the Percy Spencer Racecourse, as the veteran blasted home down the outside to claim Sunday’s Campbell Road Motors Handicap (1500m).
Prepared by Gerry Hughes, the seven-year-old attracted plenty of support in betting to start a $6.80 chance, with jockey Jason Whiting picking up the ride after named rider Ben Kennedy was stood down after race 1.
Kennedy was taken off his rides for the rest of the day because of gastro, but Whiting bustled Jetson Express from last on the home corner to swamp Portonion, Boys Business and Canna Lily in the shadows of the post.
The Danehill Express gelding has won seven of his 38 lifetime starts, with six of those victories at the Albany venue.
Hughes said it was a pleasing result for him and owner Alan Smith, who has also had stints training the gelding.
“I don’t know how long I’ll have him but I think he will go back to Alan soon,” Hughes said.
“He has been a good horse to me.
“I’ve only had him back about three weeks but I stepped him up in work and he likes it down here.”
Riders Shaun McGruddy and Peter Hall both notched winning doubles on the eight-race card to climb up the Great Southern Jockeys’ Premiership standings.
Hall was successful aboard War Ksar and impressive maiden runner Play For Real, which exploded in the straight to win by 13/4 lengths, to take his tally to four winners here this season.
McGruddy joins Kennedy and Matthieu Autier with five wins after booting home Regulated and My Greek Boy.
Comeback hoop Daniel Staeck helped promising youngster Patchirac score his maiden win, sprinting on well from seventh on the turn to win the Hybla Tavern — Celebrate Your Win Maiden (1450m). The result pushes Staeck into equal second with six wins but he is still well behind leader Mitchell Pateman (17 wins).
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