JEFFERSON Park (5-4 favourite) won his fifth race in six starts with a game win in yesterday’s $15,000 Hygain Spring Cup (1200m) on his way to the spelling paddock and a possible tilt at a Walcha Cup early next year.
The talented four-year-old gelding son of Dream Ballad conquered the Heavy 9 track conditions for a length win over eight-year-old grey gelding Unikin (16-1) with Monashee Woods (13-2) four and a quarter lengths away third.
Craig Martin trains Jefferson Park, who was bred and is raced by Walcha’s Jill Nivison.
She was on track yesterday to witness his sixth career win from 13 starts.
Dale Spriggs rode Jefferson Park and thought it one of his best wins.
“I had to go before I wanted to,” Spriggs told Nivison.
“But I didn’t want to be pushed over onto the rails.
“So his run was very good.”
Nivison thought it a good effort.
“That was a good test today,” she said.
Martin believes the gelding has done more than could have been expected this preparation.
“He’s definitely going to the paddock now,” he said after the strong win.
“He’ll have five or six weeks’ break.
“He’s won his last three starts – that’s been a bonus.
“We’ve been waiting for it to get a bit warmer to tip him out.
“He’s done pretty well.
“This is just his second prep.”
When he returns from his spell, the Walcha Cup could be an aim.
“I would like to set him for that,” Martin said.
“He’s the type of horse that can win a Walcha Cup and, obviously, being one of Jill’s.”