TOUGH as teak gelding Black Jag found an aptly-named race to post his seventh career win in Saturday’s Vinery Handicap (2200m) on the second-day of the Scone Cup carnival in Australia’s horse capital.
Despite a wide barrier, the Chris Waller-trained 5YO was able to take up his favoured role of pacemaker in the 2200m Benchmark 75 against 10 others.
Rated to perfection throughout by Serg Lisnyy, Black Jag was under seige halfway up the straight but showed courage under fire to stave off his rivals and claim the prize.
The win takes Black Jag’s overall record to 7 wins, 10 seconds and 5 thirds from 49 starts and earnings of over $325,000.
Black Jag is a member of Excites’ first crop and a grand receipiant of the soundness imparted to him by his sire whose own parents were the durable Danewin and Staging.
As his name suggests, Black Jag is a strikingly handsome horse whose good looks were reflected in his $75,000 cost as a yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
He was later re-offered as a 2YO at the firm’s Horses in Training Sale where he reached $110,000.