Strathalbyn trainer Shane Oxlade needed plenty of convincing to believe in the talents of five-year-old One More Jack.
Even when the gelding backed up a comfortable Port Lincoln maiden win with successive victories on his home track less than 12 months ago, Oxlade was still not sold on his ability.
Not so now. One More Jack may not go about his trackwork like a good horse, according to Oxlade, but he is now well and reassured as to the horse’s brilliant qualities after winning eight of his past 11 starts and adding black-type success to his record.
Coming off a class-laden win in the City Of Marion Stakes at Morphettville on November 28, One More Jack will push for favouritism in the Christmas Handicap, another Listed feature over 1200m at Morphettville on Saturday.
“I’ve got to be convinced now,” Oxlade said. “When he strung a few wins together in town, and the Listed race win was really good.
“You wonder how and why. Most horses show something somewhere and you think ‘this thing probably does go okay’. He showed nothing, not a thing at all.
Trainer Shane Oxlade will chase another win with One More Jack. Picture: Atkins Photography.Source:Supplied
“It is hard to get your head around it, but he turns up on game day which is the main thing.”
One More Jack finished 10th in a maiden at Gawler in April last year, followed by a sixth of seven runners at Mildura.
Oxlade kept putting him into work and turning him out for a spell and there were four preparations before his debut. It would be seven months between his Mildura failure and his next start and Oxlade recalls the day One More Jack’s career clicked into gear.
One More Jack had been given two trials and two jumpouts and Oxlade told jockey Justin Potter he would give him one more trial and start him in a “mile” maiden.
“He had never ever showed me anything, not a thing at all, and was an average horse,” Oxlade said. “He was always out the back and showing nothing and I was looking for a maiden mile at Port Augusta or somewhere.
“I decided to put blinkers on him in the trial and told Pottsy to give him half a rev up late and let him know he is there to race.
“He led the jump out and Justin put a couple (whips) around his backside at the top of the straight and he put five lengths on them. Justin came back and looked at me, shook his head and we smiled. It was ‘where did that come from’, it was unbelievable.”
Originally published asOxlade eyes Christmas bonus with One More Jack
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