Te Aroha Winning Treble - Seajetz Flies Home

Date: 17 Feb 2021

Te Aroha Winning Treble - Seajetz Flies Home

 

A Maiden course winner in January, Seajetz (3 g Iffraaj - Bellazeel, by Zabeel) made it two wins from four starts in the $10,000 Ecolab Rating 65 1600 metres on 17 February at Te Aroha.

 

Without all favours on debut in December at Pukekohe, Seajetz overcame worsening track conditions to win the Maiden 1400 metres during the Thames Jockey Club meeting on 3 January at Te Aroha, and stepped up with a very good second in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 25 January at Matamata.

His form was rightly heeded to warrant favouritism on this occasion and another deft ride by Danielle Johnson, who recorded her 1000th career win aboard stable-mate Feelin' Fancy (Rip Van Winkle) earlier in the programme, guided Seajetz to victory.

From the outside barrier (14), Johnson was content to let Seajetz settle rearward before tracking up behind runners and sighted daylight at the 300m. Once clear, he quickened appreciably to claim stable-mate Super Sid (Rip Van Winkle) and asserted dominance late in the piece.

The stable was well represented, with Scottish Star (Bullbars) and Vicenza (Sacred Falls) finding the line for fourth and sixth, respectively.

On footing that improved from Slow8, a day before the meeting, to rate Dead6, Seajetz ran the 1600 metres in 1:38.0, scoring by one and half lengths, and paid $3.10 & $1.60 on the NZ TAB tote.

“It was another nice win by a promising horse and he's improving the further he gets into his preparation,” said trainer Jamie Richards, who took his season tally to 111 and 61 clear of the nearest rival.

“He's by Iffraaj, out of a Zabeel (Sir Tristram) mare, so he's got plenty of good bloodlines.

“He drew awkwardly (14), but ended up cutting the corner. He looked like he might end up in traffic, but Danielle (Johnson) is riding in great form, got to the outside, and won with a fair bit of authority.

“I like the way he quickened and he's a horse going through the grades quite nicely.”

Owned by Bill and Sandra Duell, Seajetz was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $100,000 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Trelawney Stud.

“I'm thrilled for Bill and Sandra,” Richards said. “We haven't had a lot of luck with some of their horses since Natuzzi (Coats Choice), but this horse appears to have the right attributes to work through the grades.

“They have been long-time family friends, raced the top sprinter Natuzzi with Dad (Paul Richards), and have been great supporters.”

Looking ahead, Richards suggested Seajetz could aim toward the $70,000 Manawatu Classic (Gr. 3, 2000m) on 3 April at Awapuni.

“That might be a nice race at the backend of his campaign and we could give him a spell after that,” Richards said. “And he's the right type to develop into a staying prospect next season.”

By high-quality stallion Iffraaj (Zafonic), sire of 20 Group One winners and 125 stakes' winners worldwide, his dam, Bellazeel (Zabeel), was a talented staying mare that impressed winning over 2100 metres, while grand-dam La Bella Dama (Desert Sun) has left six individual winners of 28 races and over NZ$2.5m prize money.

Seajetz was strapped by Katija Cherrie.

 

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