Premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody has a new favourite for the 2010 Spring Racing Carnival after his up-and-coming three-year-old Doubtful Jack coasted to victory at Flemington on Saturday.
Doubtful Jack, a son of Not A Single Doubt from Tootsie Roll, secured an emphatic six and a half length win in the $200,000 Listed VRC Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) ahead of Pinnacles ($26) and Riceman ($14) after starting as the pronounced $1.60 favourite at Flemington on Saturday, prompting Moody to re-think the gelding’s spring campaign.
Now a winner of six of his 12 career starts for $362,165 in prizemoney, Doubtful Jack has emerged as a serious contender for the lucrative Group 1 spring features after improving tremendously during the winter to win four of his five starts this season.
Originally looking towards easier weight-for-age races early on including the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) for Doubtful Jack, the ease in which he secured victory on Saturday now has Moody certain the young star has what it takes to run in more prestigious races including the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and the coveted Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Held at Caulfield in October, the Toorak Handicap looks a good option for Doubtful Jack, the gelding likely to be handicapped not far off the limit weight.
The $1 million Emirates Stakes is the premier ‘mile’ race at the four-day Flemington Cup Carnival and is the feature event on Emirates Stakes Day. Run on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup, this year’s Emirates Stakes day will be held on November 6.