JOCKEY Andrew Fortune, on 1-1 favourite Kangaroo Jack, was looking over his shoulder for the opposition fully 150m out in Saturday’s Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m at Turffontein.
Kangaroo Jack raced away to win by two lengths, but it could it have been five if Fortune so desired and he said after the race: “It’s a dream to ride a horse like this. He keeps getting better. He’s a machine!”
Gary Alexander’s four-year-old charge recorded his sixth win from 10 starts – his fifth on the trot – and his manner of victory suggested that he’d be able to take on the best over a mile, something Fortune confirmed by saying: “We’ll take on Sean Tarry’s horse over a mile” – presumably referring to Legal Eagle.
“We’ve got to look at the mile,” agreed Alexander about the son of Querari. “He’s very versatile, something special. Well done and thanks to the Wallace family for their support.”
The supporting feature, the Gr2 Joburg Fillies and Mares Challenge, went to Mike Azzie’s rank outsider Mella Maria (AUS), who made use of her light galloping weight and cruising speed to lead from start to finish under an enterprising ride from Karl Zechner.
The daughter of Star Witness had shown good graded form earlier in her career and came back to her best on a day that favoured front-running tactics on a fast track.