JETTY and GLOBAL CITIZEN took encouraging steps towards launching their Summer campaigns with strong performances in a hot barrier trial at Doomben on Tuesday morning.
The pair lined up in the same trial at Doomben and both came through with flying colours against some quality opposition.
It was JETTY’s first official trial for his new trainer Chris Munce on Tuesday morning and our boy impressed jockey Justin Huxtable, who was in the saddle for the first time.
Despite being understandably fresh after a three-month break since his last race, JETTY behaved well in the mounting yard and although he was keen to get on with the trial, he soon settled just off the pace and finished off nicely under a tight hold.
“I was impressed with the horse,” said Huxtable, who was Queensland’s leading apprentice last season.
“He started nicely and sat just off the speed. They didn’t go overly quick in the trial, but he was firm on the bridle. I was really happy with the way he worked through the line, he had a little blow after the trial so that should have cleaned him up nicely.”
JETTY has been nominated to make his return to the races at Doomben on Wednesday while GLOBAL CITIZEN is also close to a return after he pleased trainer Toby Edmonds.
The son of I Am Invincible hasn’t been seen at the races for almost a year now, but after two tune-ups in recent weeks he is nearing full fitness and should be close to a return to competitive action.
“He was up against some Group quality horses, so it was a hot trial,” said Edmonds.
“Ryan was quiet on him and he wasn’t asked to do a lot, so to finish fourth only a length off the winner was a very pleasing effort. He’s ready to resume, he looks good and he’s a very sound and fit horse.”
Stay tuned for more news on both horses in the coming weeks.