2014 Lee Steere Classic Ideal Race for Hobart Jones

December 3rd, 2014

Returning to racing in competitive form this season, trainer Vernon Brockman is confident talented three-year-old Hobart Jones is more than a chance of success in Saturday’s Group 3 Lee Steere Classic (1400m) at Ascot Racecourse.

Finishing outside the places just once in his eight competitive appearances on course so far, Hobart Jones ran an impressive third amongst classy competition in the Super Saturday 3.y.o+ (1200m) first-up on November 8th before a luckless run for sixth when blocked for a run in the Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) last time out.

Confident the 1400m running distance will play directly into his strengths; Brockman told Perth Racing he is hopeful the So Secret colt will be allocated a favourable gate at Wednesday’s Lee Steere Classic barrier draw.

“This is the only race that suited him up to 1400m,” Brockman said.

“I’ll be disappointed if he’s wide for too long, and I’m hoping he will have cover for most of the race.

“He will be very sparingly raced after Saturday, because he will get 60 kilos in a handicap and we don’t think he is a Derby horse.

“I’m not big on running three-year-olds against older horses so he will have a light three-year-old season.”

Securing back-to-back victories in minor events in a short debut preparation in the late stages of 2013, Hobart Jones more than stamped his claims as a serious competitor over an impressive autumn campaign this year; running third in both the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) and Listed Perth Stakes (1100m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on March 29th; heading back to the paddock following a close run for third in the Group 3 W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Lee Steere Classic is due to be completed and released by midday Wednesday.

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