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Jasper poised to give trainer Sires Stakes glory

18 / 06 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Riverboat Jasper leades Globe Derby Prelude field with a lap to go icon Click to enlarge

SCOTTSDALE harness racing trainer Wayne Campbell was disappointed his home-grown pacer Riverboat Jasper had limited opportunities as a two-year-old last season due to illness and injury but the gelding looks set to make up for lost time in the coming weeks.

Riverboat Jasper notched placings from only two starts last season but from 12 outings this season the gelded son of Riverboat King has notched eight wins with his latest coming in the Globe Derby (sires stakes) Prelude at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night.

With his regular driver Rohan Hadley aboard, Riverboat Jasper settled at the rear of the field from an outside front-row draw but just prior to midrace he was sent around the field to find the front.

Despite having to work hard to find the lead he had enough in reserve at the business end of proceedings to hold out the favourite Pachacuti (James Rattray) with Melolyn (Paul Ashwood) hanging on for third and just in advance of Rykov Leis that worked hard three-wide for much of the last lap.

The three-year-old gelding was bred by Campbell who said he has longed to win a Globe Derby but had never had one good enough.

Listen to what trainer Wayne Campbell had to say about Riverboat Jasper’s Globe Derby Prelude win – CLICK HERE.