Punters should get away to a good start at Gloucester Park on Friday night by supporting Jaspervellabeach in race two, the 2130m Westral Pace.
The WA-bred four-year-old, owned and trained by Kristy Elson, is a dashing frontrunner who has drawn perfectly at the No. 1 barrier. He caught the eye last Friday night when he was restrained at the start from barrier six and was ninth at the bell before flashing home, out seven wide, to finish seventh in the group 3 Pure Steel Pace, just two lengths behind the winner Parmesan.
Brilliant young driver Emily Suvaljko was delighted when Jaspervellabeach drew the coveted No. 1 barrier, and she is planning an all-the-way victory.
“I said to Kristy last week that I probably went a bit early, and I got pushed four wide, and by the time we got to the corner we were about six to seven deep, and he was actually dropping off a little bit. But by the time he got into the straight he really powered home.
“Kristy looked at his sectionals and they were the second best in the race. He has got really good gate speed and I messaged Kristy when the fields came out and said that we had finally drawn a barrier. She was over the moon and said that Jaspervellabeach had worked really well today (Tuesday).
“It’s not a strong field at all, with one of the dangers (The Black Cardinal) on our back (on the inside of the back line). Jaspervellabeach should be able to lead and win. He’s my best drive of the night.”
Suvaljko drove The Black Cardinal at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week when the 11-year-old gelding charged home from the rear to win from One For Dave Andme and Rocknroll Whitby. Trainer Tommy Sheehy has engaged Mark Reed to drive the veteran this week.
by Ken Casellas