Jet Propelled!

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QUEENSLAND’S reigning Champion 2YO Sire Jet Spur unleashed a treble of juvenile winners over the weekend with three very impressive youngsters showing their rivals a clean pair of heels in the Sunshine State.

Possibly the most notable of them was the Mathew Dunn prepared gelding Caldetes, who signaled that he has a very big future when resuming at Ipswich to claim the rich QTIS 600 event with a barnstorming victory to pocket a whopping $74,000.

“I think he is a very good horse in the making, “Matt said after the race. “We had missed a trial in the lead up to this because of the wet weather and I thought he may be a bit vulnerable over the last 100m.

“However he settled well, about 6 lengths off them in the run, and then really put them to the sword in the last little bit.

“I really like the breed (Jet Spur’s) as they always turn up and just want to be racehorses. I have a couple of very promising horses by the sire at home and I am sure our owners are going to have plenty of fun with them. Caldetes will take a heap of improvement out of this run and I do think he can develop into a black type horse of the future. He has a stack of ability.”

Jockey Glen Colless echoed his trainer’s thoughts. “He has got a lot to learn and he was still very green out there today,” Colless said upon returning to scale. “But he has got a really good motor and when he puts it all together he’s going to be a very smart horse.”

CALDETES – JET SPUR 2YO who created a big impression at Ipswich on Saturday.

Photo courtesy – Trackside Photography.

Down at the Gold Coast on Saturday, Liam Birchley’s progressive Jet Spur filly Shamrock Slipper made it back to back victories when she jumped well and then defied all to post a promising win over an unsuitable distance.

“We have always held a very good opinion of her and we were unlucky not to get a start in the Magic Millions back in January,” Liam said. “We just struck a few hurdles in the lead-up to the race that were no fault of the filly’s and therefore she was one of the emergencies and didn’t get a start.

“She has now had two runs back this campaign though and has won both of them pretty convincingly.

“There are a couple of nice options coming up for her over the next few weeks and she has now put almost $80,000 into the pockets of the owners.”


Rounding out the trifecta of 2YO winners for Jet Spur was the Steve O’Dea prepared filly Parsnips at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Parsnips had only had the one start previously, where she delivered an eye-catching fourth on debut in Brisbane in a $100,000 event behind the Golden Slipper 4th placegetter Doubtfilly back in January.

“Everyone who saw that race knew we had a filly with a massive future,” Steve said. “She was slow away that day, and then had trouble getting a clear passage, but once she saw daylight she really rocketed to the line and she was drawing ground off everything in the race.

“We immediately tipped her out as we thought she would benefit from the break and she has come back in very good order.”

Parsnips didn’t have things go all her own way at the Sunshine Coast though, as she travelled a fair way from the lead and then had to be steadied and straightened inside the last 100m before quickly overpowering her opposition.

“She was still pretty new today,” O’Dea added. “But she will really come on from that run and I think she has a great future.”