AS THE despised outsider Uncle Jay caught everyone off guard at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night – well, almost everyone!
Upsetting his more fancied rivals in the opening event on the card, Uncle Jay paid a whopping $126 on the tote.
The gelding was given such little hope by punters his closest rival in odds was $41!
Despite the seven-year-old’s price trainer Mark Lefoe was confident Uncle Jay could play a role in the finish.
“It wasn’t that much of a surprise for me,” Lefoe said. “He’s been going well and just needed them to run along, which they did.
“I went there knowing he’d run a good race. I don’t bet, but if he’d drawn one, two or three, I would have backed him myself.”
Eased towards the tail of the field from wide draw by talented reinsman Leonard Cain, Uncle Jay was angled three-wide around the final bend before sprinting to a last-stride win from Courtsinsession and Jakes Sportwriter.
Rating 1:54.7 over 2400 metres the son of Art Major extended his record to 11 wins and 16 placings from 90 starts.
“When I saw the back quarter was run in 27.4 seconds I knew he’d be coming home and be in the finish,” Lefoe said.
“It’s good to see him get another win and now we’ll just keep punching around on a Saturday to try and get another one.
“The 25th is likely to be his next start and I may even go to Queensland for the Winter Carnival with him.”