WELL-BRED three-year-old Jerilderie Letter proved he is a genuine Tasmanian Guineas prospect with an impressive win in the $25,000 3YO Trophy over 1400 metres at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last night.
Despite being an alarming drifter in the betting easing from $4.80 to start $9.50 he proved too strong for a top class field of three-year-olds, including runner-up Gee Gees Top Notch ($1.80) and Gee Gee Red Prince ($4.80) that led and battled on gamely to finish third.
The Adam Trinder-trained gelding raced handy to the speed from a wide gate (11) and when rider Anthony Darmanin called on the son of Bushranger to extend, he quickly collared the leader and then had enough in reserve to stave off a determined challenge from the favourite Gee Gees Top Notch.
“He proved tonight he is a progressive type that can now progress to the Tasmanian Guineas over 1600 metres and we can to that with some confidence,” Trinder said
The trainer said he purchased Jerilderie Letter at the 2014 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale on spec and at one stage he thought he had bought a dud.
“I trained his half-sister California Wish and she was special but when I first got the horse into work he was terrible and I thought I had made a terrible mistake.”
“But he eventually realised he was a racehorse and he has improved with every run this time in,” he said.