Tasmanian Derby winner Jerilderie Letter is back in the state for a spell following a campaign in Melbourne that netted a couple of minor placings from three starts.
Jerilderie Letter finished a game second to another Tasmanian-bred and owned galloper Royal Rapture (now trained by Darren Weir) at Flemington last Saturday in a benchmark 90- handicap over 1600 metres in which the Adam Trinder-trained three-year-old was sent around the $2.80 favourite.
Jerilderie Letter opened his interstate account on 2 July with a fourth in a 3YO handicap in which there was less than half-a-length between the first four across the line. Trinder backed him up a week later in the Silver Bowl final at Flemington over 1600m in which he lugged 60kg with Steve Arnold aboard to finish a courageous third.
Trinder is pleased with the gelding’s interstate efforts and has now set his sights on a Tasmanian campaign that is likely to see him aimed at a first-up tilt at the Newmarket handicap in late November and then head towards the Devonport Cup (1880m) in January.
“I thought the Newmarket would be a god stepping stone for the horse but in saying that I think he is top class and would not be without a good winning chance in a Newmarket,” Trinder said.
“He won his first two starts at Devonport and he is trained on the track so the Devonport Cup looks the logical target for him at this stage.
“I’ll map out a program that should get him there and I guess the Hobart and Launceston cups are also possible targets.”
It has been a good season for Trinder who will settle for second on this season’s trainer’s premiership table. He has prepared 57 winners to be 13 behind reigning premier trainer Scott Brunton.
But Trinder could still end up with 60 or more winners if he has a good day at the office on his home track on Saturday, which is the last meeting of the 2015-16 season.