Geegee to jet by regardless of conditions

While significant rainfall across Thursday and Friday may have some trainers second guessing about running their horses on Sunday, trainer Stuart Gandy is more than confident his star juvenile Geegee Jet By will be able to handle whatever conditions are served up.

TURK WARRIOR.
TURK WARRIOR. Picture: Peter Staples

In Brief

  • Geegee Jet By one of the state's top 2YO's this season.
  • Trainer confident a rain-affected track won't be an issue.
  • Turk Warrior can atone for recent shock defeats.

Geegee Jet By has proven to be one of the state's best two-year-olds having won three of his five starts and almost $100,00 in prize money. His wins include the Alfa Bowl and Tasbred Classic.

On Sunday, Geegee Jet By will try to add the Ladbroke It! Tasmanian Sires Produce (1400m) to his already impressive CV.

"He hasn't done too much wrong in his career, he's a nice horse. Last time he really found the line good on a soft track.

"When he hit some firmer tracks during the carnival, he felt his legs and I really feel the softer the track the better for him," Gandy said.

"We haven't done much with him since his last run, he's a horse that keeps himself pretty fit, he's not overly big but he pulled up really well and all indications are he should run a really nice race second-up over the 1400m," the trainer added.

This will be the geldings first try at the distance, but Gandy is confident the youngster will handle trip.

"He's lacked a little bit of early speed in his first couple of runs, I think he will settle just behind the speed, travel strongly and finish off really good. I guess Wordsmiths' (sire) are better off over a shorter trip but he's out of a mare who won over a distance so there's a positive there."

Geegee Jet By looks the nominal favourite for the $50,000 race but he will have plenty of opposition from last start winner Share The Gold, the lightly raced Happy Clan and consistent filly Unique Glow.

Sunday's other feature is the Kevin Sharkie 3YO Autumn Classic also over 1400m featuring last year's star 2YO Turk Warrior who won his first eight starts but has been a beaten odds-on favourite at three of his past four runs. The Glenn Stevenson-trained galloper is unbeaten at the distance (2/2) and has won five of his six starts in Hobart.

A win by Turk Warrior on Sunday would take his stake earnings to almost $500,000

Seven Mile beach trainer Scott Brunton looks certain to play a major role again. Coming off five winners at the Hobart meeting a fortnight ago, Brunton had, at the time of acceptances, 26 horses entered for the meeting including his star mare Hela who is set to resume in the Tasmanian Wine Centre Open Handicap over 1400m.

Hela hasn't raced since finishing down the track at Caulfield in September last year. She has trialled twice in recent weeks, winning both and should be spot on for her return. Brunton has made a gear change adding winkers for the first time.

Hela has won all five of her starts on the Hobart track and is unbeaten from two races at the distance. Victorian jockey Dean Holland will have his first ride on the mare.


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