Sydney next for The Jackal
Trainer Paul St Vincent is likely to turn his attention to the Sydney autumn carnival with Ramornie Handicap winner The Jackal after his hit-and-run visit to Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Jackal will leave his Tamworth stables in the early hours of Friday morning ahead of his assignment in the $100,000 Listed Falvelon Handicap (1200m).
“He’s only going up there because there’s nothing in Sydney for him this weekend,” St Vincent said.
“I was going to run him in the Clissold Stakes in Sydney a couple of weeks ago but the track was a slow six.
“He’s useless in the wet and he won’t be running in Brisbane if the track is too wet.”
The Jackal campaigned in Brisbane last winter but failed to run a place in six appearances including twice at Group One level in the BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben and the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last May.
However, following his failure behind Nuclear Medicine in the Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm in June, the six-year-old scored a rousing victory in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in July.
The Ramornie triumph encouraged St Vincent to try his luck in Melbourne during the spring but the sprinter failed to adapt to racing anti-clockwise.
The son of Bite The Bullet ran well below his best on debut in Melbourne when 11th to Bon Hoffa in the Group Three Bobby Lewis (1200m) at Flemington before failing again in the Hussonet Cup (1200m) at Caulfield won by Sunburnt Lad.
In his final appearance, The Jackal beat just two runners home in the Group Two Gilgai Stakes (1200m) won by El Cambio at Flemington in October.
“I couldn’t get him right in Melbourne,” St Vincent said.
“He got a little lost down the straight at Flemington in his first run then he got totally lost around Caulfield.
“By the time he ran in the Gilgai he didn’t want to know about it so I brought him straight back home.”
St Vincent has booked Larry Cassidy to ride The Jackal who he expects to run a strong race first-up.
“He’s the best horse in the race so I booked the best jockey,” St Vincent said.
“He’s not fully wound up but he’s had a jumpout and galloped a couple of times between races at Tamworth so he should be forward enough for this.
“Whatever I do with him will be governed by the weather.
“He’s going straight back home after this run but I haven’t got anything planned as yet and I’ll see what’s suitable for him in Sydney before we look at coming back to Brisbane.”
By Glenn Davis