Jilliby Right On Target For Jewels
By Adam Hamilton
He hasn’t raced since the Miracle Mile, but young Aussie star Jilliby Kung Fu will be primed come Harness Jewels day.
Regular driver Jason Lee said the Chariots Of Fire winner and Miracle Mile runner-up was working “really impressively” at home and could trial at Melton next week.
“It’s likely he’ll have just the one run before going to NZ, but that’s not even a given. We might settle for two trials,” Lee said.
“I fast-worked him the other day and he felt terrific. Pretty much as good as he did when he was racing earlier in the year.
“He’s a good fresh horse. Remember he won that 4YO Bonanza so impressively when he was second-up.”
Jilliby Kung Fu has always shown plenty of promise, burst into the big league with a breathtaking 4YO Bonanza win then record-breaking all-the-way Chariots Of Fire win.
His only run since was a fantastic and close second in My Field Marshal’s record-smashing Miracle Mile at Menangle on February 24.
Lee is thrilled his mother, Marg, who trains Jilliby Kung Fu, has taken-up the challenge to cross the Tasman.
“It’s even better to see so many other Aussies, and really good ones as well, will be running on Jewels Day over there as well,” he said.
“You have to be part of these days when you a chance. And the racing at the top level will be good for this horse. He’ll thrive on it.”
The Golden Reign free-for-all at Melton on May 26 – a week before the Jewels at Cambridge – would seem Jilliby Kung Fu’s most likely lead-up race.