Your essential guide to Caulfield Cup day At carnival time they come from everywhere; it’s an added difficulty for punters trying to weigh up the formlines from Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
But few spring winners emerge from benchmark races at a Sunday fixture at Coleraine in the western districts of Victoria.
So punters could have been forgiven for overlooking Jennifer Lynn in the opening event on Caulfield Cup day, the MyPunter南京夜网 Plate for three-year-old fillies.
To do so, of course, would have meant ignoring one rather obvious factor in the racebook: the name of D.K. Weir as the trainer of the daughter of High Chaparral.
Weir has proven over the past six years that nothing he sends to race shoud be discounted, even if its last start was at Coleraine.
Jennifer Lynn was not entirely friendless in the market – she was backed from an opening quote of $$13 to $$11 – and, under Sydney-based jockey Blake Shinn, riding a rare winner for the Victorian-based Weir stable, she swooped late to prevail over the equally fast-finishing Petition ($$19) by a neck with another closer, Swampland ($$18) the same distance away third.
The disappointment of the race was the heavily supported Gai Waterhouse-trained Sylpheed, who went off as a $$1.95 favourite and, having raced prominently, faded to finish fourth under Damien Oliver, no doubt anxious to make the most of Caulfield Cup day as he is facing a suspension until Melbourne Cup eve following a reckless riding conviction on Wednesday.
Jennifer Lynn is likely now to be tried over further distances. Weir was not at the track for the first race, but stable racing manager Jeremy Rogers said the filly could go for the Wakeful Stakes and possibly the Oaks during the Flemington carnival.
“It’s a big jump in distance, 1400 to 2000 metres, but we will have to see how she comes out of this, ” Rogers said.
“Even though she only won at Coleraine the other day the form out of the race has been really good. The horse she beat there came out and won at Bendigo last week and I think they beat the third horse pretty easy.”
Shinn was delighted to have scored for Weir, for whom he sometimes rode as a young apprentice before he moved to Sydney.
“She got into a nice spot from the barrier, the speed was quite genuine which set it up for her, and she hit the line really well. She is going through the grades nicely. I am grateful for the opportunity to ride for Australia’s leading trainer.” The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.
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