STAR Tasmanian three-year-old Jerilderie Letter will make his interstate debut at Caulfield tomorrow and his trainer Adam Trinder is confident the gelding is ready for the challenge.
Jerilderie Letter will line up in the Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap over 1400 metres on what is expected to be a heavy track.
Jerilderie Letter is in the front running for the title of Tasmanian three-year-old of the year courtesy of his six wins that include the $100,000 Listed Hobart Guineas and the $100,0000 Tasmanian Derby.
The gelding was spelled after winning the Derby and returned to racing two weeks ago with a game second to the highly promising Tshahitsi over 1350 metres on the all-weather track at Spreyton.
“I didn’t expect him to have such a hard run first-up but surprisingly it never bothered him because he’s done well at the feed bin since that run and last Friday I galloped him on the grass at Mowbray with my good sprinter Valiant Warrior and the workout was exceptional,” Trinder said.
“They worked over 1000 metres and dashed up the last furlong (200m) near the outside fence and it topped him off nicely for the trip across the water.
“He travelled well by boat and he’s done really well at Patrick Payne’s stables so I am expecting him to run well, in fact I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t finish in the first two.
Jerilderie Letter has been backed from $26 to $13 at fixed odds with UBET with the only other serious money coming for the Darren Weir-trained Stormcraft ($6.50 into $5) who has won at his only two starts this time in.