Spring carnival contenders set to jump-out at Cranbourne

Explosive Jack and Sir Dragonet will move closer to a spring return after jump-outs at Cranbourne.

The hit-out on Monday will progress the campaigns of the pair who are set to make their spring returns next month.

Explosive Jack has been pencilled in to return in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 11 while Sir Dragonet could return in that race also, or the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley a week earlier.

Eustace said the stable was pleased with how Explosive Jack had come through a gruelling three-year-old season and was looking forward to the upcoming spring.

“He galloped last Tuesday and will jump-out on Monday at Cranbourne and then he’ll go to the Makybe Diva first-up,” Eustace said.

“His action is great. He did plenty at the beach leading in up at Newcastle.

“Everything went nice and smooth.

“Keeping him in the warmer client helped and we were able to get some really good miles into the legs without doing too much galloping, and that really suits.”

Explosive Jack won three Derbies during the year – in Tasmania, Sydney and Adelaide – and has not been seen since finishing third in the Queensland Derby in June.

Last year’s Cox Plate winner, Sir Dragonet has been on a similar program to Explosive Jack following a trip to Brisbane for the Winter Carnival.

Sir Dragonet won the Tancred Stakes at Rosehill in April and followed up by running third in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick before running ninth to Zaaki in the Doomben Cup on May 22.

“He looks really well. His action is great and he’s looking really bright,” Eustace said.

“We’re very happy with how he is.

“He jumps out on Monday as well and will start off in the Maybe Diva or the Feehan, but more likely the Makybe Diva.”

Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au

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