Jahan wins 2015 Great Western Cup

Jockey Josh Cartwright rides Warrnambool trained Jahan to victory at the 2015 Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup, ahead of second place Beer Garden. Picture: PETER PICKERINGWARRNAMBOOL trained Jahan kicked clear to win the Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup on Sunday.
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Trained by Symon Wilde the five year old gelding went into the race as a short priced favourite at $2.50.

With the help of a good barrier Josh Cartwright was able to sit at the front on the inside where he timed his run to perfection and won.

Jahan was challenged by Beer Garden and Spanish Vixen down the home straight, but he was able to hold on by almost two lengths.

Wilde was happy with the run of Jahan and ride of jockey Josh Cartwright.

“We drew a good barrier which always helps,” he said.

“It was a lovely race on paper and proved to be pretty good on track as well. In those kind of races you just hope everything goes right and it did.”

Wilde had just the one runner at the Great Western Cup meeting, but after winning the feature race it was definitely worth his while.

The form of Jahan is the best it has ever been winning four races this spell.

“Two starts back he won the Penhurst Cup,” Wilde said.

“So he is back looking fit, he is better than ever.”

Wilde was forced to rest his horse for the majority of last year after he suffered a injury to his fetlock.

The fetlock is comparable to the ankle joint of a human and takes a long time to recover once injured.

A spell of 55 weeks has meant that his fitness is well down, but he is building on that and slowly increasing his distance.

Early on in his racing career Wilde focused on anything just under a mile, but he has stretched out to 2000 metres now and is riding accordingly.

“Everything went to plan,” Wilde said.

“He did a good job pushing to the front, but then he was able to hold on.”

Wilde had no plans for Jahan following his cup victory, but was considering sending him to the Colac Cup.

“There isn’t many country cups left, so we might even look to go to town,” Wilde said.

“He is making his way through the grades this spell and we are really happy with him.”

Cartwright who was in the saddle followed his cup win up with a win in the last race.

The win for Jahan sees his prize money tick over $70,000 from his 20 starts.

Jahan is a placid horse that is well behaved whether he is at the races or training making him a stable favourite.

Wilde currently has approximately 35 horses in work.

The win for Jahan came at a cost for Stawell trainer Paul Jones who was looking to go back to back with Spanish Vixen.

Spanish Vixen, ridden by Stawell apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall, ran a respectable race, but couldn’t find that next gear in the straight.

Jones had liked Spanish Vixens chances heading into the race and said the wide barrier draw may have been the difference.

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