Double Jeopardy takes a major step at Pakenham
Sep 21, 2017
Double Jeopardy took a significant step to putting aside the problems that ruined his two-year-old season with a solid win on the Pakenham Synthetic track.
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra had Double Jeopardy up and running for the first two-year-old race of last season, the Maribyrnong Plate, in which the colt ran a strong second at Flemington.
However, a succession of growth-related issues kept Double Jeopardy off the scene for the rest of his juvenile season but the sprinter took a couple of runs to gain fitness after his layoff.
Double Jeopardy was unable to show his real quality in two runs before the Polytrack 3YO Maiden Plate but the son of Exceed And Excel was too sharp for his rivals.
Jockey Damian Lane did his best to guide Double Jeopardy to lead into a strong headwind in the back straight before the promising galloper scooted clear early in the straight.
Lane was kind to Double Jeopardy late before he scored by three-quarters of a length.
Lane said Double Jeopardy was still racing below his best but would continue to improve as his preparation develops.
“He’d raced well below his best but I was hoping he’d improve today and we know he’s got more ability than what he showed in his first two runs,” Lane said.
“It was good to have him back today. He was below his best but he got the win on the board hopefully that gives him the confidence to go on with it.”
Double Jeopardy’s win continued a great week for wonderful stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock, who had a Group II win with Sword Of Light in the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington before Sword Of Justice won first-up at Cranbourne four days later.
Congratulations Hesket Bloodstock and all involved with Double Jeopardy’s return to winning ways at Pakenham.