Jarvis has a filly with plenty of ability

CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER: Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis is confident he has the horse to beat in tomorrow’s $100,000 Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) at Grafton.

Jarvis saddles up Ultimate Dreamer, a filly looking to make it four wins on the trot following a last-start victory at Grafton.

“She’s done everything right so far, she’s shown tremendous ability and is still improving,” Jarvis said.

“She’d have to be just about the best horse in the race and I think she’s a big chance but you’ve got to draw well at the 1400-metre start at Grafton.”

Unfortunately Ultimate Dreamer drew awkwardly in barrier 15 with Jarvis booking in-form rider Matthew McGuren for the mount.

While Jarvis is wary that the daughter of Dreamscape has been up this preparation since a first-up run on November 13, he said that at just 480kg she’s thriving on the track.

“She’s only a small filly but I’m hoping she can put her best foot forward on Sunday,” he said.

“She’s got a big heart but she’s got to take the next step up because the other Qualifiers have produced some nice horses.”

Jarvis also has Clemmensen nominated for the race and he was unlucky not to get into the final last year when coming fourth in a blanket finish in the 2015 Qualifier.

However, Jarvis is backing his emerging filly to beat him home as at this stage of his career, Clemmensen ‘has become a little dour and is looking for a longer trip’.

“I’d say she’s three or four lengths better than him at this distance,” he said.

Clemmensen has also fared poorly in the barrier draw with gate number 17.

Grafton’s Northern Rivers Racing Association Country Championships Qualifier is race 7, timed to start at 4.50pm.

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