Jag's Invasion looks to end long drought

Jag's Invasion looks to end long drought

A horse that his competed with the best at different stages of his carreer, Jag's Invasion has had a long time away from the winner's circle. However, in his current vein of form, that long drought could be set to end at Addington tonight.

Now an eight year old, Jag's Invasion started his career down south with Denise Swain before transferring to the Phil Willimason barn at Oamaru. He immediately made a statement on the track, winning three of his first four starts for the Williamsons and looked destined for the top however, unsoundness issues plagued his career. As a late five year old and early six year old though, he was in dominant form winning four in a row and was set for the Dominion Handicap of 2013. A close up 4th behind Peak in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All of that year, he failed to back up in the Dominion won that year by a dominant Master Lavros.

As a seven year old he was transferred to Nathan Williamson's southern stable, primarily to take advantage of the pool. He ran a fine second to Stent in the Trotters' mile at Ashburton, before going on to run a very creditable 4th in Jaccka Justy's Dominion Handicap.

There was a real confidence about the horse at the start of this season and he resumed with a nice third behind Stent and Master Lavros back in October. However, by in large, his form tapered off as the season progressed, his ongoing soundness issues continuing to make it tough against the very best.

At the end of January, Nathan suggested to John that he take the horse home and try him on the beach, a move that is looking to be an inspired one. A first up 10th for the stable after breaking in the running, he his since run two superb seconds behind boom trotter Harriet Of Mot. The first of these was over the 1950m mobile and was run in a New Zealand record of 2.23.0, while at his last start he was the best of Harriet Of Mot's opponents over 3200m at Invercargill run in a very smart 4.05.3, just outside the New Zealand mares record.

Jag's Inavsion has trained on well since that run. Tonight he starts in a C4 and faster event that has attracted a strong field. Top trotter Sheemon will start a dominant favourite. He was very good in his resumption last week and will be better for that run. There is a 10m adavantage tonight to Jag's Invasion that starts off 30m, with Sheemon a further 10m behind off 40m. While the handicapping will make it difficult tonight, they do stand out as the class horses in the race and hopefully with that little bit of luck going his way, Jag's Invasion may be able to reward those that have never lost faith in his ability.

Posted: Sat 26 Mar 2016