AUSTRALIA’S most exciting pacer is coming to New Zealand as Jewels day at Cambridge receives two huge boosts.
Miracle Mile runner-up Jilliby Kung Fu has been confirmed as the Australian invite for the four-year-old male pace at the Jewels on June 2, with trainer Marg Lee saying the Group One is his main aim for the remainder of the season.
He was one of two major players invited last night, with the connections of dual Oaks winner Shez All Rock also accepting their invite to the three-year-old fillies’ division.
Shez All Rock heads to New Zealand this week to be set for the New Zealand Oaks at Addington, where she will race in the green Australian Jewels invitee colours before coming north to Cambridge.
The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has won the New South Waaales and Victoria Oaks and rates alongside New Zealand’s best filly Elle Mac in a true Jewels market.
But as good as she is, the news Jilliby Kung Fu should be at Cambridge will bring the biggest smile to harness racing bosses.
He was a brave winner of the Chariots Of Fire lst February before being beaten in the last two strides of the Miracle Mile, where he paced a 1:47 mile.
The bold-going Victorian pacer is rated the next big thing in Australasia and his clash with Star Galleria, Eamon Maguire and A G’s White Socks shapes potentially as one of the fastest in Jewels history.
HRNZ’s Darrin Williams stated while all involved are thrilled to have five Group One winning invites confirmed from Australia, there could be more to come.
“We have a really top class, in-form three-year-old male pacer close to being invited and serious interest from the connections of a couple of two-year-olds,” Williams said.
“We are realistic too. Horses can get injured, lose form or have other things go wrong, so we could lose one or two of these horses. That is racing.
“That can only add to the day and the Australian interest in the event, let alone the real depth and the chance to rate our horses against the Australian stars.”
- HRNZ Media