Black-type beckons Jet Spur fillies

Jet Spur has built up a reputation as Queensland’s best sire of juveniles with just two crops racing.

The Glenlogan Park stallion was represented by 16 individual two year-old winners in 2009-10 and there have been 11 so far in 2010-11.

None of them has graduated to a black type victory but that can change in the Listed Lancaster Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Jet Spur (Flying Spur) has five runners engaged headed by the Barry Baldwin trained Belle D’Amour.  She chased home Freewheeling in the G2 Champagne Stakes last time out and, with any luck in running, should be right in the finish.

“She worked an absolute treat during the week,” Baldwin said.  “I think she is a filly with a lot of ability and, if the race is run to suit, she will be real tough to beat.”

Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan is also looking forward to his smart filly Doug’s Jet resuming.  “It is hard to be confident when you’re tackling winter carnival opposition,” Nolan said.  “She has won two of her three starts and always gives her best.”

Flying Jet was below par last time out but trainer Steve O’Dea is hopeful that was just a minor stumbling block.  “She returned to scales a little distressed and may have swallowed her tongue,” O’Dea revealed.  “We trialled her with a tongue tie and have added blinkers.  

“We were quietly confident until the barrier draw when she got 21.  It makes it almost impossible from out there but hopefully she can attack the line.”

Pat Duff has the talented Jet Star Girl resuming but only faired a fraction better at the barriers with 20.  “She is a pretty smart filly and I’m sure there’s a nice race in her,” Duff predicted.  “The barrier makes things very tough but if she gets cover and the pace is hot then I expect her to be really strong at the finish.”

Little Miss Vicky is the least experienced of the Jet Spur representatives but trainer Rob Heathcote is quietly confident she can put up a very forward showing.  “She was way too classy for them on debut and has improved many lengths,” Heathcote said.  “It is a massive step up in grade but if you think they have the ability then you have to give them their chance.

“There are some very good fillies engaged but our girl should give them something to think about if she gets the breaks at the right time.”