Wonder Bolt's In.
May 31, 2016
With Superior form lines against his rivals, Wonderbolt has come out on top in the Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Second-up off a long lay-off with joint issues, the gelded son of More Than Ready was rated to perfection by Apprentice jockey Koby Jennings back in the field, swooping over the top.
"I was apprenticed to Barbara and Paul for about a year before I came to town and this is the first metropolitan winner I've had for them," Jennings said,
"I probably rode about 30 winners for them but it's good to get a Saturday win in town for them.
Ridden quiet from barrier two in the small field, the classy 5YO settled in a good rhythm back near the rear as light rain fell on a deteriorating Randwick track.
Bolt seems to enjoy getting out wide and showing a good sprint in his races and with that in mind Jennings peeled him out on straightening before asking for the ultimate effort.
Bursting prominently on the scene with 200m to travel, he gave strong chase and wore down the well-fancied Star Shaft ($3.20) too get the prize by a 1/2 Length with the drifting favourite Beau Tirage ($3.00) safely held in third place beaten 2.5 lengths making it a popular trifecta.
A strong hand of loyal owners were on deck to witness the occasion and made sure they celebrated in style throughout the afternoon, cheering, jumping, screaming and making there presence felt.
With that win, Wonderbolt or bolt as we call him takes his record to 21 starts for four wins and seven minor placings with earnings going over the $209,000 mark.
Whilst all this was going on, Barb and Paul where soaking up the QLD sun with Just A Blur taking her place in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) following her success in the Wagga Town Plate the start prior.
Under the circumstances she ran a very brave race on a leader biased track that played against her get back run on style, finishing in fourth position behind Ghisoni capping off a good day for Joseph Jones Racing.