Former star two-year-old Jaspervellabeach is still performing with admirable enthusiasm as a four-year-old, and he delighted his owner-trainer Kristy Elson when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“He’s been working well and doing well at home,” said Elson. “It’s a great advantage to draw a good barrier.”
He was a short-priced $1.16 favourite from the coveted No. 1 barrier on Friday night when Emily Suvaljko got him away to a flying start before he made all the running and was untroubled to beat the $9.50 second favourite The Black Cardinal by more than a length at a 1.58.1 rate.
The 11-year-old The Black Cardinal is racing in wonderful form for owner-trainer Tommy Sheehy. The oldtimer trailed Jaspervellabeach all the way and was hampered for room in the final stages. He will pay to follow. Major Stare ($34) worked in the breeze and battled on to finish third.
Jaspervellabeach is out of the unraced Falcon Seelster mare Aldebaran Bromac, who also produced Aldebaran Macha, who was retired after his 126 starts produced 17 wins and 25 placings for stakes of $134,722.
Jaspervellabeach shone as a two-year-old, winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic and the Group 1 Golden Slipper. He now has raced 33 times for ten wins, seven placings and $171,833.
by Ken Casellas