Jackson Wins Merson Cooper Stakes on Debut

Two-year-old Jackson has completed an ideal debut to racing at Sandown this afternoon; producing a strong final straight sprint to take out the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1200m).

Jackson was too good in the late stages of the Merson Cooper Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jackson was too good in the late stages of the Merson Cooper Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jackson interestingly drifted to odds of $21 in the hours leading up to the Merson Cooper Stakes this afternoon, but did his chances of success no harm when jumping well and settling within the field of ten as Sweet Varden and Perpetual Crisis set the early pace.

Rounding onto the final straight blocked, it appeared as though the Not A Single Doubt gelding would have a little too much to do but veteran hoop Kerrin McEvoy pulled the horse outside his rivals before asking for an extra effort; Jackson immediately responding to post the impressive win.

McEvoy’s performance aboard Jackson was arguably the biggest catalyst for success in the Merson Cooper Stakes, and is confident the two-year-olds shows all the right signs to figure as a serious racehorse as he matures.

“He drew the outside which was probably a blessing because I was just able to perch outside the group,” McEvoy said.

“As soon as we came down the dip I knew we were going to be in the finish. He really enjoyed that uphill finish.

“Such a raw individual and he’s only going to improve with racing. The nose roll probably helped a little bit and the speed because they rolled along at a good tempo.

“He still doesn’t really know what he’s here for but he’s got a big motor.”

Trainer Tony McEvoy was pleased with Jackson’s debut for success in the Merson Cooper Stakes and revealed will be remain in work with a view towards an Inglis Bonus race in Sydney in December.

“He’s a likeable type,” McEvoy said.

“He’s got a lot of scope, had a tremendous big stride and Sandown helped him.

“He’ll run a strong mile this horse. He’s shown that my two-year-olds at home are a bit nippy for him but at the top of the hills in Angaston he’s the one doing the big work, which is a good sign.

“Kerrin got him into a lovely rhythm. I said don’t ride the race, just ride the horse because he’s not a 1000m horse, and he did it beautifully.

“I’ll take him to Sydney because there’s an Inglis half a million dollar race on the 12th of December.”

Clear race favourites Missrock and Motown Lil never really looked in contention, while Soviet Secret and Emphatically were both impressive on their way to minors in the 2015 Merson Cooper Stakes.

2015 Merson Cooper Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 JACKSON Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg $21
2 10 SOVIET SECRET Sam Pritchard-Gordon Chris Parnham 0.1L 3 55kg $31
3 6 EMPHATICALLY Ciaron Maher Ms Michelle Payne 0.3L 8 55kg $20
4 11 SWEET VARDEN Tony McEvoy James McDonald 0.8L 1 55kg $7
5 8 MOTOWN LIL Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 1.1L 9 55kg $3.80
6 2 LOS CABOS Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 1.85L 5 57kg $16
7 4 PREEMPTIVE Paul & Tracey Templeton Jye McNeil (a) 2.6L 6 57kg $41
8 3 PERPETUAL CRISIS Darren Weir John Allen 4.1L 4 57kg $13
9 7 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 7.35L 2 55kg $2.60F
10 9 MADAM STRYKER Mick Sell Craig Robertson 7.65L 7 55kg $91

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