Lightly raced 4yo Lady Jackio heads to Thursday’s night meeting at Pakenham for her third career start since making her debut on her home track at Mornington in mid-December. The daughter of Melbourne Cup winning sire Americain has been given plenty of time to mature into a staying type and trainers David and Coral Feek believe the patience will be rewarded as the 4yo continues to make good progress on the track. Bred and raced by the Butler family, Lady Jackio took good improvement from her debut performance into her second start when she finished off strongly over a mile at Stony Creek a few weeks ago. She still wanted to do a few things wrong and it wasn’t until jockey Patrick Moloney balanced her up with 300m to go that we saw the potential and the way she finished the race off. Lady Jackio remains at the mile for her third career start tomorrow night, with the David and Coral Feek confident she’ll relish further with a bit more time and maturity on her side.
‘It sounds a little cliche but we think this mare is a very progressive type. David and I believe she’ll improve significantly into her next preparation and hopefully we’ve got a nice city class (or better) staying mare on our hands’. Said Coral Feek from Mornington.
‘We have kept her at the mile again this week, simply because we want her to learn to get through her races and do everything right. With a bit more race experience she’ll be ready to step out in trip and I’m confident she will be better suit to the 2000m’.
‘Gate 2 is a little tricky given she’ll probably settle off the speed, however the big track will suit and Nikita will have the task of navigating away from the rail and finding plenty of galloping room. They seem to often come off the fence at Pakenham so Nikita will need a little luck in running; with some clear galloping room we’re expecting she’ll finish the race off well again’.
When quizzed about her work after she completed her final piece on the track in preparation for Thursday night, David Feek was equally optimistic about Thursday’s assignment.
‘She has definitely improved off the Stony Creek run, however we line up in stronger maiden and we’ll need some luck from the draw’.
‘Whilst I think she’ll continue to improve with more experience, if we can get some clean air then I think she will really finish it off well again. Fingers crossed she takes another step and we can look forward to what she may be able to achieve this time into her next preparation’.
Lady Jackio (pick below as a foal) will line up in Race 3 at 7:00pm with Nikita Beriman back on board from barrier 2. She is currently a 15-1 chance in what looks a very open maiden at Racing.Com Park tomorrow night.
Feek Racing’s other runner, another promising staying type, Miss Polanksi is dual accepted for both Pakenham and Stony Creek Friday with a decision to me made as late as scratching time on Thursday.
‘With the one of the main chances scratched already it is likely we’ll go to Pakenham on Thursday night instead of Stony Creek’. Said David Feek
‘I’m not convinced she’ll appreciate the tighter track at Stony Creek and her run at Pakenham last time was very good'. With even luck she should be finishing it off strongly again’.
‘Getting out to the mile is a plus, and whilst the wide draw is a little questionable it should allow Nikita to jump where she is comfortable and slot in with cover. There is a long run down the back and plenty of time to find your spot from the 1600m start at Pakenham’.
‘She is another nice staying type in the stable and one Coral and I believe will be much better next time in with the benefit of this race experience and another good spell’.
Best of luck to the Butler family with Lady Jackio and Girraween Racing with Miss Polanksi tomorrow night!