SCONE trainer Greg Bennett couldn’t have been happier with the two barrier allotted to topweight Jet Style for his assault on tomorrow’s $25,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Gunnedah Cup (1600m).
“He’ll go forward from that barrier. And he’s having his fourth back from a long spell, so will be ready for the mile,” Bennett said.
“I reckon he’s got to be up there, probably in the first four.”
Jet Style, who will accompany stablemate Escalera (1400m Santos Class 1 Handicap) to Gunnedah tomorrow, has been allotted top weight of 60 kilograms for the feature.
But in his wisdom, Bennett has engaged apprentice jockey Kassie Furness to lessen his weight burden by two-and-a-half kilos.
Bennett has only had the seven-year-old gelding for his last three outings.
Tomorrow’s start will be his fourth back from a spell.
But in his fourth back in his previous campaign, the son of Tycoon Ruler cruised to a comfortable win over 1400m in class six company at Eagle Farm in the spring of 2012.
“He’s just come back from a very long spell after sustaining a bad knee injury,” Bennett said.
“First-up he was in an unsuitable race at Muswellbrook before having no luck in the Digger’s Cup at Narromine.
“Then we put him in the deep end at Randwick where he ran out a nice 1300m.
“ It was only the last 100m where his fitness let him down.
“But that would be expected after such a long spell.
“He’ll go forward from the two box. And he’s ready now for the 1600m.”
Bennett is also keen on the chances of stablemate Escalera, who has won one and placed twice from only eight starts.
“I’ve decided not to claim with her and put Dale Spriggs on instead.
“She took a while to find her feet when young but she’s got to rate a live chance on her current form.
“We took her to Moree in her third start back from a short spell where she won the 1300m maiden by three lengths.
“Then five days later she finished third (beaten only one length) over 1350m at Cessnock.
“Sunday’s 1400m will suit her right down to the ground.”