Cup hope: Jiayuguan scores with Tye Angland up at Rosehill last month. The duo will unite again at headquarters on Friday. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名备案老域名Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
John Thompson took a while to work out Jiayuguan but the secret might have been the 2400m journey of Friday’s Tattersalls Club Cup at Randwick.
The imported mare has had her past five runs at the extended trip for three wins, a second in the Christmas Cup last time and a hard luck story in the sister race of the listed New Year’s Day affair – October’s City Tattersall’s City Club Cup – where she finished sixth.
“That was her first go at it and she didn’t have a lot of luck and got blocked at the wrong time. Once she has got to this trip she has flourished and even though she has been up a while she is thriving,” Thompson said. “She is very strong and stays and there is more in store for her.
“It was great to get some black type last time because when she got here she took a long time to settle in and we started to worry.
“Being a mare these black type races are important to her value as a broodmare and she is meeting a similar field to last time and it was a blanket finish.”
There were only heads and necks between Christmas Cup winner Sir John Hawkwood, Jiayuguan and Lucky Lucky Lucky and the trio meet again on Friday.
“She gets the chance with a pull in the weights to turn the tables. It would be good to tick another box with her with a listed win,” Thompson said. “I think the way she is racing she is only going to get better with a bit more time but this race comes at good time for her.”
Thompson has a strong hand at Randwick but will look for a two-state double. He will send debut Canterbury winner Mossin’ Around to Flemington for the first day of 2016.
“She has really come on from that first win and there is an Inglis bonus race for her there in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to her to have a look down the straight and this is the right race,” Thompson said. “The worry is the straight but [she] hasn’t stopped improving.”
Meanwhile, Bullrush kept his unbeaten record winning at Canterbury on Wednesday and Saturday company beckons for the four-year-old gelding.
“We have been patience with him and given him time even though he is a gelding,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. “He has raw ability and is only going to get better.”
Hawkes told Tommy Berry to count to 10 on Bullrush but the jockey admitted he didn’t get that far when the leader skipped clear turning for home.
“I only got to five and had to go,” Berry said. “He is a nice horse [and being ridden like] that is not his go.”
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