Jackpot Queen on mission to rediscover form of her youth
Former talented two-year-old Jackpot Queen makes her return to racing in Melbourne on Tuesday. Trained by Matthew Dale in Canberra, the Not A Single Doubt mare, which boasts four wins and two seconds from 10 starts, hasn't raced since fracturing a hind limb in December last year. Jackpot Queen lines up in a 1000m race at Flemington. As a juvenile, Jackpot Queen won the Wellington Boot and races at Randwick, Caulfield and Flemington. The four-year-old won a barrier trial at Canberra by five lengths on December 16. "She's not big but appears to have strengthened up a bit," Dale said. "She did well as a two-year-old then the injury was a setback. She does like the straight at Flemington. We'll see how she goes on Tuesday before making any definite plans. I'm happy with her progress."
MAY FINDS LUCKY STAR
English jockey Kevin May continued his successful association with Jamie's Star when the Gregory McFarlane-trained three-year-old made it three wins from her past four starts, at Orange on Monday. Jamie's Star gave May his first Australian winner when successful at Queanbeyan on November 13. The Englishman has been in Australia for a couple of years and was a trackwork rider for Chris Waller at Rosehill.
TO THE FORE AGAIN
Following the domination by female riders at the Dubbo meeting on December 17 - winning six of seven races - they were at it again at Wellington on Boxing Day, winning four of the five races. Catherine Markwort scored a double on board Pentomic and Castlereagh Grey, Tiffany Jeffries won on Zadaggio and Winona Costin on Sticky Danish. Spare a thought for apprentice Daniel Pitomac, who broke a thumb in a trackwork mishap two days before the Wellington meeting. He was booked for the first three winners.
SINCLAIR LOSS HITS HARD
Racing recently lost one of its true characters with the death of John Sinclair. He was a popular secretary of the Quirindi Jockey Club from 1974 to 2002. Sinclair had been awarded life membership of that club and was also raceday secretary of Wallabadah for 24 years. After retiring, Sinclair worked in the office of Wyong Race Club and Newcastle Jockey Club. "John was one of the kindest and most genuine fellows you could meet,'' Wyong Race Club chief executive Tony Drew said. Well-known Sydney steward and administrator Jack Hickman, 75, died on Christmas Eve.
MORE THAN CAPABLE
It will be interesting to see the performance of the Mel Eggleston-trained More Than Money at Murwillumbah on Sunday. The three-year-old stumbled out last, blundered at the 1000m mark, losing more ground, yet circled the field to score a runaway 3½-length win at the same track on debut on December 14. Only a small percentage of horses go from winning a maiden to a class 1 next start, but this son of More Than Ready looks above average.
TAB meetings: Sunday - Murwillumbah, Warren. Monday - Nowra. Tuesday - Inverell, Port Macquarie. Wednesday - Sapphire Coast. Thursday - Albury. Friday - Port Macquarie, Tamworth. Saturday - Parkes.