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Jakcorijim looms as best bet on seven-race card

05 / 03 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Jakcorijim after finishing fourth in George Adams icon Click to enlarge

GALLANT grey sprinter-miler Jakcorijim looms as one of the best bets on the seven event card at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Jakcorijim is coming off a luckless fourth in the $100,000 Listed George Adams Plate in Launceston last Wednesday.

The Glenn Stevenson-trained gelding was third in the Devonport Cup behind Fieldmaster and probably should have finished closer than he did and while he followed up with a disappointing run in Hobart in the weight-for-age Thomas Lyons there were excuses as evidenced by the gelding’s return to form last week

Tonight the six-year-old gelding lines up in a Benchmark 78 Handicap over 1620 metres (race seven) against much inferior opposition than what he met last start at weight-for-age.

“I couldn’t be happier with the horse and provided the race is run without incidents he will be very hard to beat,” Stevenson said.

“He pulled up so well after he ran in the George Adams last week that I had no hesitation in nominating hi for this race.”

“It is only a small field and sometimes they can end up being tricky races but his form is good and the horse is in great order so I fully expect him to run well,” he said.

Jakcorijim has the ability to race on pace or back in the field.

He has been allocated 60.5 kilograms courtesy of his high rating (81) but Stevenson has compensated by booking in-form apprentice David Fisher who claims four kilograms which brings the grey gelding into the race with only 56.5 kg, which is 2.5 kg less than he carried last start.

The logical dangers, if any, are the likely race leader Makes Cents and second Dozen that also contested the George Adams at his most recent outing.

Second Dozen won two in succession over 1400 metres in Hobart and Launceston prior to tackling the weight-for-age race in which he finished 10th and 9.6 lengths from the winner Under The Eiffel but 5-1/2 lengths from Jakcorijim.