Considered one of his crop’s most consistent performers despite being unable to post a race win in his first thirteen starts, trainer Mick Price has revealed Jabali will be set for races likely the 2015 Toorak Handicap (1600m) upon resuming this spring.
Jabali stamped his claims as one to watch upon debuting to racing for second in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) in October of 2013, and returned in 2014 for similarly impressive second place finishes in each of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) and Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).
Having continually failed to post an elusive race win through the remainder of autumn, spring and into the new year, Price floated the son of Exceed And Excel to Brisbane for the recent Winter Carnival; saddling the three-year-old to sixth in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) and fifth in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m).
Jumping from the gates well in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) most recently on June 6th, Jabali received an ideal run in transit after settling in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; mustering a particularly impressive turn of foot to finish close to two lengths ahead of his closest rivals.
Pleased with the way he has taken to his time in the paddock, Price is confident the mile is Jabali’s pet running distance and will set the rising four-year-old on a path through the 2015 Toorak Handicap and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) this time.
“I reckon those are his races,” Price told Racing Ahead.
“That Queensland Guineas was the first time that he had got to 1600.
“We tried him over 1400 metres a couple of times and he pulled pretty hard and he pulled himself into the ground and we weren’t a bit negative about going to the 1600, but now that he has done some racing and some travelling he has really settled and I was really pleased at the end of the mile that he hit the line and ran away from them.
“You have to come up a cog as a four-year-old and I am looking forward to him.
“The Toorak and the Emirates are perfect for him.”
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