Day At The Track

Connections wary of pushing rising star too quickly

09:14 PM 13 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Jaks Teller, harness racing
Jaks Teller cruises to an effdortless win in Hobart last night
Peter Staples Photo

The connections of star four-year-old Tasmanian pacer Jaks Teller will resist the temptation to rush the harness racing Washington VC entire into top company by instead allowing him to gradually make his way through the grades.

Jaks Teller took his career win tally to seven from only eight starts when he led almost throughout to score comfortably in a C3-C4 event over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night.

With Ricky Duggan in the sulky, the four-year-0oold settled midfield from his front-row draw but as soon as Our Classic Mach settled in the lead Duggan sent his charge around the field to take charge.

From there on it was little more than a procession as Jaks Teller gave his rivals the slip turning for home and he went on to defeat Our Classic Mach by 7.2 metres with Kvitova Leis almost two metres away third.

"We have the Easter Cup in mind for this horse but he is going to have to improve his overall racing manners to get to that goal," said part-owner-0breeder Jamie Cockshutt."

He still does a lot wrong so there is no use rushing him into races against the best with him still learning his craft.

"There's no need to rush him and if we take our time and let him mature gradually he'll have a much better chance of getting to top company."

Jaks Teller again ran about in the home straight but his lead was so great the end result was never in doubt.

Cockshutt said Jaks Teller would tackle a C4 in a week or so and when and if he reaches C7-8 class he will be given a spell and then return for a crack at the 2018 Easter Cup in Launceston at the end of March.

Peter Staples

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