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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)
Greyville, Night, Turf, 2000m
2 June 2012
Gold CircleJackson (SAF) justified his short odds at Greyville Saturday when powering clear to win the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 in emphatic fashion under jockey Karis Teetan and he stamped his Vodacom Durban July credentials in the process.
The Brett Crawford-trained Dynasty colt has only had seven career starts but has now won five races in all including two Grade 1’s. Jackson has been the ruling July favourite since the betting opened and the bookmakers shortened him into 16-10 after Saturday’s race.
Jackson started the Daily News 2000 at cramped odds of 1-3, not surprisingly considering he was merit rated eight points higher than any other horse in the field. He jumped well from his number two draw to get the rail and was soon tracking the pacemaker, the Mike de Kock-trained Vettel. Karis Teetan switched Jackson out in the straight and he had soon drawn along side Vettel before kicking again at the 200m mark to draw clear and win comfortably. The Sean Tarry-trained Whiteline Fever had run on well from the back, moving into second place at one stage, but Vettel fought back well to be second at the line, while the Gavin van Zyl-trained Shogunnar ran on strongly to pip Whiteline Fever for third place. Shogunnar had only had three starts before this race and this excellent effort might see him start favourite for his next intended target, the Grade 2 Gold Circle Derby over 2400m at Clairwood on June 24. The Sean Tarry-trained SA Derby dead-heater Pomodoro ran on in eye catching style from the back and this was an excellent July preparation outing.
Jockey Teetan praised Crawford for having Jackson “spot on” for the race and the bay colt certainly impressed in the pre-race parade. Teetan added that Jackson had quickened very well in the straight.
Jackson is going to be a hard horse to beat in the July, especially considering the July second favourite Ilha Bela was unable to win the Woolavington, the previous race, although Pomodoro could be a threat as he will be receiving weight from Jackson in the July.
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