Rich Jack has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in, and Cranbourne-based trainer Carole Heffernan is confident her stable star is more than capable of laying a great account for himself in Saturday’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Posting a commendable race record of five wins and as many minors through thirteen career starts so far, Rich Jack has finished outside the firs three only once in five competitive appearances since returning to racing in April and will carry winning form into the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes after taking out the Lycrf Njt Final (1200m) by close to two lengths on July 4th.
Pleased with the condition of the Danerich gelding, Heffernan is confident his completion of dressage sessions has added an extra element to his strong racing performances this time in.
“It helped him with his settling out in front,” Heffernan told AAP.
“We’re going to be up against a different class of horse on Saturday and I do worry if something takes him on whether he will settle or not.”
Heffernan praised Rich Jack’s ownder David Mackintosh for electing to enter the five-year-old for a tilt at Group 3 company in the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes and is confident the horse can repay the faith.
“He’s a very good owner and that’s what he wants,” she said.
“The horse deserves the chance but I worry a little bit.
“He’s a good horse but I would have preferred to get his rating up into the nineties or something first.”
Renowned hoop Darren Gauci has partnered Rich Jack through much of his racing career so far and has been confirmed to retain the ride on the gelding in Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes.
“Darren knows him and he is a horse that somebody has to know,” Heffernan added.
“You have to sit cold on him and Darren understands that.”
The 2015 Bletchingly Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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