Horse Racing

Change of equipment made the difference for Sir Jhunjhun Wala – trainer

Observer writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Trainer Howard Jaghai believes that the change in equipment was a major factor in his charge Sir Jhunjhun Wala 's mild upset win in the the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy at 7/1 at Caymanas Park on Saturday last (July 14, 2018).

Running without the blinkers in the Restricted Allowance II (NW2) event for native-bred three-year-olds only, Sir Jhunjhun Wala, ridden by claiming apprentice Oneil Scott, turned on the pressure in deep stretch to win the six-furlong (1,200m) event in a time of 1:15.3 minutes, tracking splits of 22.2 and 45.3.

Reggae Road, ridden by Bebeto Harvey as the 3-2 second favourite, finished 2 lengths second, with the 7/1 shot Apollo Bay, ridden by Shane Ellis, finishing another short head away third.

Despite the gelding's upset win, Jaghai said it was expected.

“It was a good victory. I expected him to win. There was speed in the race; he himself does have a bit of speed and I know that the cheap speed would eventually come back and set the race perfectly for him. This is his second win from seven starts. The last time that he ran he did not finish the race because he developed a little problem which I eventually sorted out.

“The change of equipment was a plus factor. Basically, he wants to see rather than to be blinkered. Separate and apart from that, he is a difficult horse to train and as a result he cannot be prepared as an ordinary horse. So, most of his training is out of the straight course. But he is a lovely horse and if he were to keep sound he will definitely head in the right direction,” the second-generation trainer said with optimism.

With a number of promising three-year-olds present, from the off, the apprentice rider ensured that Sir Jhunjhun Wala, bred by Henry William Jaghai and owned by the Bombay Stud Farm, was well positioned in mid-pack.

From there he began to pick up the pace to go third before settling down for the 400-metres dash as the speed came back.

However, despite getting a clear run between horses, Reggae Road came calling late but had to settle for second money with Princess Zella (Leo Miller) coming on strong for third money — though later disqualified with Apollo Bay getting the third slot.

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