Sunday 8 October 2017

Jardine claims Golden Jeffrey one to follow throughout jumps season

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Iain Jardine has praised progressive hurdler Golden Jeffrey a ‘very exciting horse’ as he hopes to complete a hat-trick of novice wins

Wearing Jo Tracey's iconic green and black colours shared by Festival second Broadway Buffalo (pictured), he's won both his starts over hurdles including a dominant 15 length win at Perth a fortnight ago. 

Rated 71 on the flat, he won once on the flat at Musselburgh for Jardine and was also a bumper winner for the Scottish trainer.

Following his impressive win in Perth, he looks set to be a handicapper worth following through the jumps season.

He could go to Ayr seeking a third straight success on Thursday, whilst options of improving his 139 hurdles remain open throughout the coming weeks.

“He won his race really well and we were very happy with him,” said the Scottish trainer.

“He’s beginning to climb up the ladder now, and we will look to find another race for him. I’m not sure where will we take him next.

“We have to be patient with him, and will try and place him in the right sort of races.

“Everyone was happy and I am pleased for the owners too. They are really excited for the season ahead too.

“He’s a very exciting horse and I can’t wait to see him again as the season unfolds.”

If he continues to advance he may line-up in the Triumph Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, but he may need to improve a fair bit to play a serious role in the Grade One event.

His trainer Ian Jardine has enjoyed an exceptional season, winning a record 44 races on the flat, eight more than last season’s tally.

The dual-purposer who also won this season’s Ebor with Nakeeta, has already landed nine winners this season, just over half of last season’s tally.

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