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Sweet Pea notches another feature win

11 / 06 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Sweet Pea Jasper Paul Ashwood wins fillies 2YO Sweepstakes Final icon Click to enlarge

TALENTED two-year-old pacer Sweet Pea Jasper gave her trainer Campbell Watt the biggest win of his training career when she won the Big Park Stud Sweepstakes final in Hobart last month.

So it should have come as no surprise that Sweet Pea Jasper gave Watt another feature win in Launceston on Sunday night when she led all the way to take out the $10,000 Premier’s Blue Bonnet Stakes over 1680 metres.

The filly only began racing in March with the Blue Bonnet her third victory from nine starts and it took her career stake earnings to just over $20,000.

Watt is aiming the filly at the $30,000 Evicus Stakes in Hobart and a victory in the final, should she make it, would give the trainer the best 64th birthday present imaginable.

“The Evicus will be her last run this preparation and hopefully she can get there and give me the big birthday present,” Watt said.

“She can have six weeks or so in the paddock after the Evicus,” he said.

Paul Ashwood has taken the sit on the filly in recent starts.

“I have a country licence which prevents me from driving in the bigger races but I’m happy for Paul to get the drives.”
“He (Ashwood) also is my farrier and he helps out where he can,” Watt said.

Sweet Pea Jasper showed a lot of fight in winning on Sunday night.

She led and had to fight off determined challenges in the home straight.

Sweet Pea Jasper ($4.10) hit the line a head clear of the well backed Robyn Scherbotsky ($3.80) with Itswhatilikeaboutyou ($15.10) a neck away third and just in advance of the heavily backed favourite Maggie On.