Bought for just $11,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale, Jerilderie Letter had already paid his way after two starts.
After two impressive trials, Jerilderie Letter bolted in on debut over 1000m on the synthetic at Devonport in September last year, netting $9,100 in prizemoney
He doubled that a fortnight later with a comfortable 1220m Class 1 victory at Launceston.
The son of Bushranger had his colours lowered at his next start, a 3YO set weights and penalties race at Launceston in December, before going on a four-race win-streak, which included the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m), Listed Hobart Guineas (2100m) and Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m).
With six wins from seven starts and a whopping $218,950 in stakes to his name at the end of his first campaign, it was no real surprise when a big-money offer from Hong Kong was put on the table.
The ownership group had a big decision to make.
Given the modest prizemoney (in relative terms) on offer in Tasmania, most people in their position would take the money.
Not this mob.
“Connections knocked back a significant offer from Hong Kong there for him after his Derby win,” Trinder told G1X.com.au. “They’re very realistic, they know that he’s not going to be able to earn the sort of money that they were offering for him. They’re just keen to enjoy the ride, which is really refreshing.
“I run a business and racing is a business - it does come down to the bottom line. But there’s still people involved just for the enjoyment of the sport and enjoyment of the horse.”
Fast forward to today - Jerilderie Letter’s record reads 13-6:2:3, with $271,600 in earnings.
“He’s done his job, he’s definitely done his job, and I trust there’s more service in him,” Trinder said.
Jerilderie Letter can add to his tally tonight, and provide more thrills for his owners, in tonight’s $100,000 Listed Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) at Launceston.
Sportsbet has the brown gelding on the second line of betting with Hellova Street at $6, with local star Admiral the dominant favourite at $1.80.
That trio were the first three home last time out in the Listed Conquering Stakes (1400m) at Launceston a fortnight ago, Admiral touching off Hellova Street, while Jerilderie Letter was unlucky in third.
The Spreyton trainer admits Admiral is again the testing material, but claims his stable star is in top order.
“He’s (Admiral) the benchmark by Tasmanian standards, he’s a champion and a he’s going to be hard to toss,” Trinder explained.
“He’s (Jerilderie Letter) come on from the Conquering Stakes, where he was unlucky. He’s lovely and buoyant in his attitude.
“He steps to his pet journey, his two career-best performances have been over the mile - his win in the Hobart Guineas and his second in the Open Handicap behind Royal Rapture at Flemington (in July).”
Regular pilot Anthony Darmanin has the ride on Jerilderie Letter, which will jump from gate 12.