Jet Away has David Hayes dreaming of a third Caulfield Cup win following his brilliant victory in the $150,000 Yalumba Golden Mile today at Bendigo.
The European import could hardly have been more impressive at his Australian debut, storming home from the rear to score a dominant victory in the 1600-metre event.
The six-year-old son of Cape Cross reproduced the form that saw him defeat Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente over 2000m at Goodwood last year and Hayes said it was an important win for his Spring prospects.
“We hope he’s a Caulfield Cup horse,” Hayes said. “These days when they’re lowly-rated you’ve just got to get their rating up to get them in the Cups.
“On what I’ve seen him do at Lindsay Park, and in trials, he looks a weight-for-age horse to me and he showed that today because that was a pretty good field.”
Jet Away launched a powerful finish from the back to score running away in the signature event on Victoria’s only stand-alone regional Saturday raceday.
The entire was given time to settle by in-form jockey Stephen Baster early and tracked fellow import Ranked entering the straight, but quickly went past the heavily-backed favourite ($4.60 to $3.10).
Jet Away ($6) rounded up his rivals inside the final 100m before cruising home by 1-1/4 lengths from Zabisco ($16), who edged out Prizum ($21) for second placing. Ranked only battled to the line and finished ninth, 3-3/4 lengths from the winner.
Baster was taken by the win of Jet Away, who has now won seven of his 17 starts.
“The horse raced a little bit fresh but when he came out (at the top of the straight) he let go really well,” Baster said.
“Not many of them (imports) come over here and do that over a mile, so it was pretty impressive. If he can keep that consistency going up to 2000 and further he’s going to be very hard to beat in whatever he runs in.”
While October’s $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) is the main aim, Hayes will send Jet Away to the 2000m Easter Cup at Caulfield in two weeks before a possible trip to Sydney for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on 27 April.
Story by Brad Bishop