Double Jeopardy stuns all bar the stable with Flemington win

Jun 09, 2018

There are few better ways for a horse to advertise his wares before a sale than a win down the famous Flemington straight.

Double Jeopardy is part of the Hesket Bloodstock draft at the Inglis Great Southern Sale next week along with a few other members of the breeders’ large bloodstock band and a Flemington win will increase interest in the son of Exceed And Excel.

Punters had little interest in Double Jeopardy’s chances of a first-up win in the Ron Taylor Handicap (1000m), letting the three-year-old go around at $81.

However, co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said the punters missed plenty of signs pointing to a strong first-up performance from Double Jeopardy in the minutes before the $120,000 race.

“The horse has been a bit disappointing, but it was his first start since being gelded and I thought he paraded really well,” Ellerton, who trains Double Jeopardy in partnership with Simon Zahra, said.

“It was probably as good as I’ve seen him look.

“He has had a few growing problems and he has taken his time to grow out of them. He had had a really faultless prep.”

Jockey Andrew Mallyon always had Double Jeopardy in the firing line near the speed before the sprinter fought on well to score a narrow first-up win.

” He was fresh and well and on his toes and luckily enough he got the bob in,” Ellerton said.

Double Jeopardy’s Flemington win was only his second in eight starts with his only previous success coming in a maiden on the Pakenham Synthetic track last September.

However, Double Jeopardy was placed behind the smart Madeenaty in a stakes race at Flemington on debut. Ellerton hoped Double Jeopardy could get back to that form as his preparation progressed.

“His first start in a race, he did run second to Madeenaty and hopefully he can find that form,” Ellerton said.

“He’ll take a bit of improvement out of that win and a bit of confidence as well.”