JET FLIES THE FLAG FOR DANEHILL-BLETCHINGLY CROSS

Good-looking colt Jet Spur delivered on the potential he showed last season as a two year old, when producing a scintillating first-up effort to win the Listed Heritage Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday.

A recent addition to the John O’Shea stable, Jet Spur had been working and trialling brilliantly at Randwick and lived right up to that form with an impressive race-day performance. Purchased for $180,000 at the 2004 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Jet Spur was bred and offered for sale by Ron Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud on the Darling Downs.

The Flying Spur colt is the first stakeswinner produced by his dam Verocative, a group three-winning daughter of champion sire Bletchingly. He is the fourth stakeswinner bred on this exact cross, joining Trezevant, Joy of Flight and Flying Babe, while Blur, another Flying Spur stakeswinner, is from a Canny Lad (by Bletchingly) mare.

This type of cross has been spectacularly successful with another good example being Desert War, winner of the Group Two Hill Stakes on the same day. He is by Danehill’s son Desert King (IRE) from the Canny Lad mare High Heels.

Verocative hails from one of the great families, being from True Verdict, a full sister to champion racehorse and sire Zeditave. Another more current member of the family is high-class international galloper Greys Inn, a group one performer in South Africa, Dubai and Hong Kong.

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