Top colt Jukebox has maintained his unbeaten record in the G3 Vain Stakes (1100m) on a winning day for WA at Caulfield.
Jukebox was bred by Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan and was part of a winning treble for the Sunspeed breed in Melbourne. Duncan sold him for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and kept a share in the colt who will now target the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Korilya Stud’s Ellie Giles claimed the first leg with Quilista (Beveridge Williams Plate) and Ascot-based brothers Wally and George Day completed a red-letter afternoon with Vega Magic (LR-Regal Roller Stakes).
Jukebox is set for an outstanding spring after a brilliant first-up victory for a syndicate managed by Halo Racing’s Colin McKenna. “He trialled here in nice time the other day and was pretty right to go,” trainer Ciaron Maher said. ” He had a good long break is a bright and happy horse.”
The son of Snitzel was resuming after a last-start win in the $250,000 Inglis Premier-RL at Caulfield in February. “You love to see a three-year-old colt resume like that,” Maher added. “He’s very exciting and has certainly kicked off in great style.”
His dam Jestatune won the 2007 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot and is a half-sister to Oakland Park’s 2014 WA Horse of the Year Ihtsahymn. The Rory’s Jester mare has a yearling filly by Not A Single Doubt but was not covered last year.
WA star Black Heart Bart worked home for a first-up placing the G2 P B Lawrence Stakes in a promising pipe-opener for a Group 1 assignment in the Memsie Stakes back at Caulfield on September 2.