Breaking a run of placesAfter what seemed like an eternity of brave 2nds, unlucky 3rds, and fast finishing 4th, Eric Musgrove finally broke through this week with two great jumps wins.
On Saturday in race 1 at Morphettville, the ageless warrior About The Journey improved on his recent good run of form by winning the feature hurdle race on the card. The gelding was asked to carry the top weight in a hot field of promising jumpers and as the rank outsider of the five horse field, the gelding won as if he were Some Are Bent! In winning this hurdle race by five lengths, About The Journey took his career earnings over the quarter million dollar mark. This is an outstand achievement for such on unheralded jumper. About The Journey has now won two races this time in, and with plenty of good jumps races still to be run heading towards the Grand Nation festival in August, there still might be a few more good runs in store for this seven-year-old son of the former WFA champ Darci Brahma. However the jury is still out as to whether this gelding is a better hurdler or better over the big fences. He has performed well over both sets of jumps and perhaps he is just a good old fashioned versatile jumper. One this is for sure, he will continue to be hard to beat for the remained of his preparations. It has been over a year since he performed poorly in a race so punters and indeed the geldingís connections can be confident of many more good runs to come.
On Sunday at Pakenham in the feature jumps race the favourite was a horse that finished in front of two-time Cox Plate winner So You Think in the Caulfield Guineas many moons ago. This particular horse also was beaten only about four inches in the VRC Derby and in the 2015 Australian Cup, this horse was beaten by the shortest margin in the raceís history. Well at Pakenham over the jumps, Extra Zero who was the deserved favourite for the race bumped into one of Ericís most promising jumpers, the lightly raced Shearer (Reset x Stutter) and we are very happy to say that on this occasion, the Group 1 performer was no match for our ever improving son of Reset. Thatís not to say it was not a great race and the result was not close, but Shearer really stamped his credentials as a jumper to follow with a tenacious all the way win. This gelding was having just his 2nd start over the jumps and he could very easily have won his maiden jumps races seven days earlier at Hamilton.
On this day Shearer was a touch unlucky, but never fear, as he went right on with the job at Pakenham on Sunday. This particular race had three horses that were under double figures in the market of which Shearer was the longest. The three, including the gun galloper Extra Zero all fought out the finish, but despite the market expectation, Shearer put paid to his rivals and run away the most impressive of victors. Keep an eye on this boy as he is only going to get better and he is only six so all going well he has many, many more races over the jumps ahead of him.