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Classy colt Finvarra will derive great benefit from his upset victory over star stablemate Jumpingjackmac in a 2130m event for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Callan Suvaljko.

“He is a horse who will keep improving and is ready to take the next step,” said Suvaljko, who declared that Finvarra is the best three-year-old he has driven.

“He is a confidence horse and will take a heap out of the win. Jumpingjackmac is the best three-year-old here, and Finvarra has just beaten him. I drove Finvarra in a trial at Byford last month (when he dashed over the final 400m in 27.1sec. and won by 15 lengths) and I said to senior (trainer Gary Hall snr) he’s a superstar. The Golden Nugget next year probably will be the long-term goal for him.”

Dominus Factum ($21) dashed to the front 350m after the start of Friday night’s race, and immediately Suvaljko sent Finvarra, the $4.40 second fancy from barrier eight, forward with a three-wide burst which carried him to the front after a lap. His run was followed by Jumpingjackmac, the $1.30 favourite from the outside barrier (No. 9), who quickly moved to the breeze.

Finvarra gave his rivals little chance by sprinting over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 27.7sec., and he won at a 1.55.9 rate by just under a length from the gallant Jumpingjackmac, who lost no admirers with his gutsy effort. Star Of Willoughby ($21) impressed in finishing powerfully from last at the 220m to be a distant third, a nose ahead of Dominus Factum.

While Finvarra is still gaining experience, Hall is confident he will go from strength to strength and will be ready to tackle the Fremantle Cup on January 21 and the WA Pacing Cup on February 4.  

Suvaljko explained that he considered that Jumpingjackmac would take plenty of beating, but he seized the opportunity to take Finvarra to the front after a lap.

“I decided to take off three wide early when Jumpingjackmac was behind me,” he said. “I thought he (Jumpingjackmac) would have been closer, and I kept rolling forward. Once the speed was on early and with Jumpingjackmac behind us, I thought I had to keep rolling so that Jack didn’t come and put the pressure on.”

Finvarra, a colt by American Ideal, is the first foal out of former talented mare Nuala, and he now has earned $115,891 from seven wins and two placings from ten starts.