THE JETLIKE speed being shown by the progeny of Jet Spur, the aptly named Flying Spur sire whose only four runners last weekend, two juveniles and two first crop 3-year-olds, were successful on prominent Queensland tracks, is not surprising.

Located with Heart of Dreams’ sire Show a Heart and two other prominent winner getters, Falvelon and Bradbury’s Luck, at the Glenlogan Park stud, Jet Spur was himself fleetfooted and his immediate pedigree is a reservoir of speed genes.

Bred by Ron Gilbert, Highgrove stud, Darling Downs and sold for $180,000 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale, Jet Spur ran ten times for wins in the Caulfield Sprint-Gr.2, VRC L Óreal Stakes-Gr.3 and STC Heritage Stakes-LR, a nose second in the STC Heritage Stakes-LR, third in the Canberra Black Opal-Gr.3 and fourth in the STC Silver Slipper-Gr.2.

Physically this 16.1 hands son of powerfully bred Golden Slipper and Australian Guineas winning Flying Spur (got by Danehill from Rolls, a daughter of Mr. Prospector and the Sir Ivor stakes winner Grand Luxe) is a lot like his close relation, the dynamic racehorse and sire Zeditave.

The relationship flows from Jet Spur being from Verocative, a Group 3 winner by Bletchingly and out of True Verdict, a sister to Zeditave and Blue Diamond Prelude winners Zedagal and Square Deal and a half-sister to the ill-fated Alannon.

Put to books in excess of one hundred in each of his first five seasons, Jet Spur got off to a bold start with his first crop in 2009-10, supplying 12 individual 2-year-old winners – only leading first season sire Stratum (13) had more among the newcomers.

Jet Spur is well on track to equal or surpass that effort with his second crop juveniles. His only two runners in this age group last Saturday were the new winners Kahui (successful Eagle Farm – Falvelon filly Miss Leibert second) and Tragedy (a debut winner by 1.3 lengths at the Gold Coast).

The successes of Kahui and Tragedy has given the Jet Spur second crop the striking statistics for the year to date of seven winners from eleven starters. It is the best strike rate of any of the top ten juvenile sires and he has moved up into fourth place on earnings with QTISbonuses included.

In addition to proving with his first two crops that he is one of the budding stand out sources of precocious stock, Jet Spur has had his first 3-year-olds indicate that he will be a powerful force with his older runners.

More than 30 from his first crop have won or placed with the latest successful runners being two at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday, Baa Baa Jet (cruised to a four lengths victory) and D’Jet (two lengths), and Tabassi, a debut winner at Doomben mid week. In her four starts, Baa Baa Jet has won twice at the Sunshine Coast and been placed twice in Brisbane, while D’Jet has also been a winner at Eagle Farm.

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