Deserved win for Jesse Duke

By Garrick Knight

After a season of chasing his stablemate Ultimate Sniper around, Jesse Duke got a deserved Group 1 win when taking out the 3YO Emerald in miserable conditions.

He had to be the best horse in the race to win, and he was, sitting parked outside Heisenberg before putting him to the sword on the point of the turn.

Second favourite Gran Chico loomed up to win at the furlong but Jesse Duke dug deep, resisted the challenge and pulled away to win.

His owner, Melbourne’s Jean Feiss, was so proud of the former sale-topping yearling.

“He’s been second fiddle to Ultimate Sniper this season, but on his own he’s still a pretty good little horse.

“So, I was really happy to see him get a win today, he deserved it.”

The win gave Feiss a Jewels double after Elle Mac’s win in race one and gave their trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, five on the day.

“The dedication and the work Mark and Natalie put in, that’s what sets them apart.

“There’s just none better.”

A trip to Australia, for the Australasian Breeders Crown was now a possibility.

“At this stage probably, depending on how he pulls up and so forth.

“But it is on the cards at the moment.”

On Addington’s first ever Jewels, cruelly tarnished by inclement weather, Feiss said she found it to be a breath of fresh air.

“I think it’s been great, even though the weather spoiled it somewhat.

“The atmosphere has been good, the track’s obviously in fairly good condition, and everyone is well looked after undercover.

“I’ve got to go to Ashburton tomorrow, I hope the meeting goes ahead in this weather.”


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