Jets Cracker tipped to live up to promise at Grafton
VETERAN South Grafton trainer Hunter Kilner said a win tomorrow for his promising three-year-old Jets Cracker would be good reward for the well-behaved gelding.
"He's a real pleasure to have around the stables,” Kilner said. "She likes to do everything right here and on the track too.”
That includes race results, where Jets Cracker has scored a win and two second placings in his first three starts.
"He's been consistent, that for sure,” said an understated Kilner.
Jets Cracker will go up in class and weight tomorrow in the Yamba Bowling Club Class 1 Showcase Handicap 1200m, but Kilner is quietly confident he will perform.
"He's learning all the time,” he said. "He's giving a bit away in this race in experience, but I think he will handle it.”
Jets Cracker started his career with two second placings before breaking through for his first win at Grafton last start.
"He's carrying a bit of extra weight but he will like the distance,” he said.
The trainer says Jets Cracker is likely to mature into a good 1400m to 1600m runner as he matures.
"He's done well over the 1000m and 1100m but he seems the type that will like a bit more distance,” he said.
Kilner says he will consider spelling him after tomorrow's race because of temperature predictions of 43 degrees for the day.
"It could knock him around a bit if it's still hot for his race,” he said.
"They have delayed the race meeting, but even at 6.30pm it could be in the high 30s.”
Kilner said Clarence Valley Jockey Club officials could have taken a leaf out of the book of a couple of Victorian racing clubs who transferred the date of their meetings.
"I don't know why they couldn't have moved the meeting to Monday,” he said.
"I've heard the forecast here for Monday is about 29°C, so why not put it off for a day.”
Kilner said it was unlikely the delayed start to racing would do any good.
"We have daylight saving so starting at 3.30pm is not going to do a lot of good,” he said.
"It's really 2.30pm which is in the hottest part of the day.”