Charging home to secure an exceptional victory in the Champagne Pommery Masters Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield last weekend, trainer Mike Moroney has revealed exciting sprinter Jemerica will target a step-up in class in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) on August 30th.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damien Thornton immediately led Jemerica to the lead in last weekend’s Caulfield appearance, maintain position throughout and easily strolling clear to find the line close to three lengths in the clear of nearest rival Paddy’s Gem.
Initially expecting the young hoop to ride the Captain Rio filly back ahead of a final straight sprint, Moroney told AAP he was particularly impressed by the way apprentice Thornton reacted to Jemerica’s good start and successfully re-assessed the situation mid-race.
“It was a great ride because only experienced riders do what he did,” Moroney said.
“We told him to ride the horse back. But when she flew the gates he used his brain and did the right thing.”
Securing an impressive total of three wins and three minor places from just 11 competitive starts, has steadily built to the task over her 2014 racing campaign, finishing second amongst classy competition in a Fillies and Mares Handicap over 1000 metres on May 28th before running on for fourth behind Astro Miss in the 3.y.o Fillies Handicap (1000m) on June 9th.
Having finished second to Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) winner Thiamandi in her last start prior to the Champagne Pommery Masters Handicap, Jemerica has more than warranted her claims on a step up to contest the 2014 Cockram Stakes.
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