Brian Smith’s former Kiwi galloper Jetset Lad broke a lengthy winning drought at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday landing a win over their better fancied stable mate Kingdoms in the Tattersall’s Mile 2014.
Having just their third start for their new Brisbane-based trainer, Elusive City six-year-old Jetset Lad was well supported late firming into a $5 chance to win the $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m).
It proved a winning move from the punters too with the gelding charging home thanks to a lovely ride from apprentice hoop Anthony Allen who is now just one win away from outriding his city claim.
Going into the race on the back of a 28 start losing streak, Jetset Lad hadn’t been seen in a winner’s stall since February of 2012 back in New Zealand.
They showed nice improvement however in the Tattersall’s Mile with one and a quarter lengths to spare over the fellow Smith-trained favourite Kingdoms who eased right out to $4.40 after opening as short as $2.50 earlier in the week.
In third three quarters of a length further away adding value to the Tattersall’s Mile trifecta was then the Robert Heathcote-trained Bewhatyouwannabe ($26).
It was a commanding win too by the speedy Kiwi who came devastatingly close to breaking the course record set by Boys On Tour (1.34.4) running 1.34.55.
In the lead-up Jetset Lad debuted in Australia for Smith at Ipswich in mid-June with a fourth to Alma’s Fury in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).
They were fourth behind the same horse next start then at the Sunshine Coast on Caloundra Cup Day in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) before relishing the step up to a mile for Saturday’s Doomben run.
Smith said the key to unlocking Jetset Lad’s potential had been keeping them happy and allowing them to get up front in their races to lead.
“What a lot of ability this horse has got,” Smith told The Courier Mail.
“It was a terrific effort by Kingdoms, but the other horse slaughtered them.”
It was also a terrific result for Allen who has been doing trackwork for Smith leading up to this year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
“I’ve been going there every morning for the last five months and he’s been a real mentor for me,” Allen said.
“It has been a tough period but hopefully I can start to get a roll on again now.”
Happy with the progression of Jetset Lad, Smith said they would be aimed at more black-type success over the coming weeks.
“I have been more impressed with him after each run,” Smith said.
“Last time Jetset Lad got too far back in the Glasshouse at Caloundra and I told Anthony to go forward and run along.
“This is a good horse and we will look for some more feature races for him.”
As for runner-up Kingdoms, Smith would take them to Sydney in the spring to target the $500,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick in early October.
“It was a nice run and he is probably looking for further now,” Smith said.
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2014 Tattersall’s Mile Results & Finishing Order
Doomben Race 7 – 12/07/2014
|1||8||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen (a)||–||2||54kg||$5|
|2||3||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||Larry Cassidy||1.3L||1||57.5kg||$4.40F|
|3||12||BEWHATYOUWANNABE||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||2.1L||5||54kg||$26|
|4||7||LAUREN TATE (NZ)||John Morell||Ryan Wiggins||4.1L||7||54kg||$8|
|5||2||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||4.5L||6||58kg||$5.50|
|6||6||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty||Geoffrey Goold (a)||4.8L||11||54.5kg||$9|
|7||1||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Michael Cahill||4.9L||13||59kg||$31|
|8||9||VANDALISED||Jamie McConachy||Brad Stewart||5.9L||4||54kg||$8|
|9||10||VEEWAP||Robert Heathcote||Timothy Bell||6.1L||8||54kg||$16|
|10||4||WINNING GLORY (NZ)||Wayne Baker||Andrew Spinks||6.3L||9||56kg||$31|
|11||5||GREY ASSIGNMENT||Brian Smith||Vinnie Colgan||6.5L||3||55.5kg||$16|
|12||11||BOREHOLE||David J Lawlor||Rikki Jamieson (a)||8.3L||10||54kg||$71|
|13||13||ARMS LENGTH||Noel J Doyle||Jason Taylor||8.5L||12||54kg||$71|