Caviar who? Meet the next star of the turf, Jabiru Dreaming
- by:Brent Zerafa
- From:The Daily Telegraph
- July 26, 2012 10:13pm
Closing in on Black Caviar’s record this season is a horse called Jabiru Dreaming as he attempts to record his ninth win from as many starts this season. Picture: Lea TraceySource: The Daily Telegraph
BLACK Caviar’s record this season could be equalled by 4.17pm tomorrow.
At Cluden Park, 8km south of Townsville’s city centre, a horse called Jabiru Dreaming will strive to be recognised alongside the greats of the Australian turf.
The reject, formerly known as Shake Me Baby, is aiming to record his ninth win from as many starts this season.
From winning his maiden by 11 lengths at Mount Isa in September to getting the cash in an open handicap at Townsville a fortnight ago, nothing has been able to come close to the flyer from Queensland’s north.
Black Caviar leads the charts as the most successful horse in the country by number of wins this season with nine.
Eight of those have been recorded on home soil, with her last victory scored famously at Royal Ascot.
Peter Moody’s mare has amassed $2.27 million in prizemoney in the same time that Jabiru Dreaming has pocketed $46,125.
While it is certain he wouldn’t make Black Caviar break into a sweat, the unheralded gelding can put his name next to the mighty mare if he wins again tomorrow.
After starting his career with Rick Hore-Lacy in Victoria, Jabiru Dreaming was exiled to the Sunshine Coast before being shipped even further north.
Peter Inwood managed to convince several of his friends that $7000 was a good price for the horse that had come up with zero in 14 previous maiden starts.
The transaction was made and Jabiru Dreaming was transferred from Gary Jeffrey to Inwood’s brother Patrick, who controls a team of 18 at Mount Isa.
Asked to describe the four-year-old, Inwood didn’t exactly paint the picture you would expect from a horse he regards as the star of his camp.
“He is a little brown horse,” he said. “He isn’t too bad, bit of a handful to do anything with. I’d say he is a bit of a rat around the stables.”
While he may not be kind to those closest to him, Jabiru Dreaming has certainly captured the imagination of punters in the Gulf country region.
He started favourite in seven straight runs on his home track at Mount Isa, the longest odds being $2.30 and the shortest $1.50.The margin was 11 lengths in his first outing for Inwood. Then he progressed through the classes, easily accounting for his rivals.
Dubbed the “western wonder”, Jabiru Dreaming was excelling on the dirt surfaces at Mount Isa.
Having his first start on turf since joining Inwood’s stable, he again proved too strong at Townsville last start.
Tomorrow is the big time, a feature sprint on Townsville Cup day.
More than 10,000 locals are expected to be on course and there is a fair chance that most won’t recognise what Jabiru Dreaming could achieve.
He has drawn the extreme outside barrier in the field of 16 and despite the wide draw, Inwood is still content.
“He pulled up well since his last run. He is coming along well,” he said.
“I hope everything goes to plan but every time he goes to the races he is probably closer to a defeat.”
While there is a possibility Black Caviar could be equalled in the nationwide horses premiership, there is no catching her trainer Peter Moody.
His Caulfield stable has produced more winners across the country than any other, racking up 204 wins before yesterday. Peter Snowden sits second with 179, followed by Darren Weir with 172 and Chris Waller on 170.
Waller is king in NSW with 163.5 winners, while Gai Waterhouse is 10 behind.Craig Newitt may need a miracle to reel in Luke Nolen to win the Melbourne jockeys premiership but the national title is already his.
He has booted home 183 winners across the country over the past 12 months, winning connections $7.85 million in prizemoney in the process.
Chris Munce is second on 155 wins, followed by Brad Rawiller (146) and Greg Ryan (139.5).
Ryan is the leading jockey in NSW, edging out Sydney premiership winner Hugh Bowman.
Tommy Berry has enjoyed a breakout season, climbing into the top five in Sydney behind Hugh Bowman, Nash Rawiller, Glyn Schofield and Corey Brown.
His association with the Waterhouse stable has led to him riding 55 winners in town and earning $3.1 million in stakes.
Chad Schofield is a clear winner of the Sydney apprentices title with 39 wins, 14 ahead of Sam Clipperton.