Mat Rue in the gig of Gotta Go Jazzy Jet on Sunday during their Jack Honan Memorial Final win.Canowindra driver Mat Rue elected to drive Gotta Go Jazzy Jet in Sunday’s Jack Honan Memorial Final (1700m) knowing the three-year-old filly was the best on paper, and she didn’t disappoint.
She clocked a back section of 57.4s, breaking the field by 13.5m by the finish post to register her fifth win from 14 career starts.
Rue, who drove Gotta Go Jazzy Jet during the previous week’s heat victory, said the filly was always going to be tough to beat.
“She was the most convincing heat winner, I had the choice of three or four drives in the race and chose that one so it is good to get the win,” Rue said.
“On paper she clearly looked the winner but sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. She won with a fair bit up her sleeve though.”
The Phillip Thurston trained filly, based at Forbes, showed her superior gate-speed on Sunday jumping instantly to the front of the field where Rue set a relatively slow first quarter pace of 33.6s.
He was always in control, though, holding a lead throughout the journey and keeping the challenge of Pedros Joy (Bernie Hewitt; $7.10) at bay during a slick final quarter of 28.5s and stopping the winner’s mile rate at 2:01.7s.
With the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival next on Gotta Go Jazzy Jet’s agenda, Rue said she’s capable of providing Thurston and owner, Denise Thurston, with plenty more success.
“She’s headed for the Queensland Oaks, she actually made the NSW Oaks final so she’s proven she’s up to that grade to a degree. She ran fifth in the final which was still good because they ran slick times that day,” Rue said.
“She’s definitely worth the trip up there, she’ll be the same as everyone she’ll need some kind barrier draws and things but if breaks go her way she can take it.”
Rue’s win in the Jack Honan Memorial was his 91st of the season placing him fourth on the NSW Harness Driver’s Premiership.
“I actually won it six or seven years ago,” Rue explained of the Jack Honan Memorial.
“It is good to win it again. Jack Honan was a Canowindra boy too, so very good to win it.”
The days main event, the Tritech Cowra Cup, was won by Canberra-based horse Modern Maestro.
The four-year-old gelding, trained by Michael Hawke and driven by Melissa Hawke, withstood a late charge from Early Decision (John Vautin; $9.10) to win by 1.5m.
It was Modern Maestro’s first victory since April 4 and his 10th from 14 starts.
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