Jazzy Star rewarding patient owners

By Jonny Turner

It took just two scintillating bursts of speed for Jazzy Star’s season to go full circle in the past two weeks.

The Brent White trained 4yr-old dashed along the passing lane to make it two wins from two starts in a perfect winter preparation.

Jazzy Star also started his season by winning his first two starts, before things went pear shaped for the pacer during a summer campaign in Auckland.

“He went awful up there,” White said.

“I wouldn’t have sent him up there if I didn’t think he was a chance to pay his way.”

“Nothing worked out for him, really.”

“We think he might have picked up a bug on the way up there.”

The Auckland Reactor pacer immediately put his failed trip behind him when he produced a jaw-dropping burst of speed to win fresh up for driver Stephen McNally.

Jazzy Star backed that effort up with another impressive performance at Addington on Friday night.

What talent the pacer posses is not yet matched in his ringcraft.

Jazzy’s Star’s greenness meant driver Ricky May elected to ease the favourite to a gap three back on the markers after he failed to make the lead.

Though it may have caused some of the horse’s backers some nervous moments, it proved to be masterstroke from May when he found clear air in the straight.”

“He is still learning the game a wee bit,” White said.

“He relaxes far better on the back of another horse.

“He had a dig for the lead and he can over race a wee bit, so when the gap opened.”

“Ricky thought he would take the punt and the horse fell back to sleep then.”

“Around the bend he was just jogging and it was just a matter of finding a gap.”

Jazzy’s Star’s troubles were not simply over when he left the spelling paddock following his Auckland campaign.

The pacer’s return to racing was set back around two months ago when he was struck by illness.

“I had him ready to go to a race at Ashburton six or eight weeks ago and I pulled him out of the box and he had snot running out of his nose,” White said.

“So we had to start again with him.”

“I have to take my hat off to his owners Dave and Gay Luke, they have been patient with me and let me do what I have got to do with him.”

Jazzy’s Star’s back to back wins have earned him a small break.

The pacer was likely to have three weeks off before resuming in the spring, White said.


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