FANS of Excites’ handsome debutante Black Jag will be hoping he is more four-wheel-drive than luxury liner given the expected bog conditions at Eagle Farm this Saturday.
The Peter Hulbert trained colt has trialled well and begins his career this weekend in the BRC Aus Special Metals QTIS Handicap (1200m) on a track that is already rated as a Heavy (10).
Excite’s first runner, Amber’s Crown (pictured above) won on debut following a promising trial and Black Jag will debut at Eagle Farm after finishing runner-up to Stakes placed Wonderful You in a 900m trial at Doomben on December 16. Wonderful You has had one start since that trial finishing a half length 2nd in the Listed B.J. McLachlan Stakes on Boxing Day and is currently 13th in the order of entry for the Magic Millions.
“Excites is a bit of an unknown in the wet I suppose but both his sire Danewin and dam-sire, Success Express, are noted wet-track sires,” Vinery’s Adam White said.
“Excites’ first runner, Amber’s Crown, won on debut so there is no worries with them firing up early.
“It’s a matter of whether or not he gets the chance to run – I understand the races to be in grave doubt.”
Black Jag was one of the most admired yearlings of the crop reaching $75,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
“As his name suggests, he is almost black and a catches the eye immediately,” White recalled.
“He might get his chance this weekend but he is worth keeping in mind for when it dries out a bit up there.”