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Stud graduate jets home with cup
06 Jun 2015Goodwood Stud graduate Jetset Lad floored punters this afternoon with his upset victory in the Gr 2 Brisbane Cup.
Despite a lead-up placing in the Gr 3 Premier’s Cup, the Brian Smith-prepared gelding still went out at odds of 46-1.
"The say BJ Smith is a staying trainer, but I can train anything," Smith said.
"I'm old now, but if you're patient enough you'll end up with a good one and you just keep living the dream in this game."
Smith said the Queensland Derby win of Magicool played a part in the pre-race tactics he devised with rider Paul Hammersley.
"I said to Paul just stay in rhythm and don't worry if you're caught wide because the Derby winner sat three deep and won," he said.
Hammersley scored his most important win since returning to Queensland after spending more than two years riding in New South Wales.
"I've only been back nine weeks and to win this race is a big thrill," he said.
It didn't all go to plan, however, for Hammersley when Jetset Lad played up before the start and was slowly away.
"He was up to his old tricks again of being fidgety in the barriers and came out a length behind the other horses," he said.
"Even though he was three deep leaving the straight he worked into a good spot down the back straight and I was confident he would outstay them."
Jestset Lad began his career with Taranaki trainer John Wheeler and won five races and was Group One placed before he joined Smith’s team.
By Elusive City, he is out of the winning Jetball mare Jetset Lass, who is a half-sister to Singapore Group Three winner Sky Frontier.
It is also the family of the dual Group One Underwood Stakes and Doomben Cup winner Perlin.