HE ENDED his previous campaign on a phenomenal note, but don’t expect Savannah Jay Jay to begin this one the same way.
Finding a new lease of life last season, Savannah Jay Jay won his last four starts, including the Group One Australasian Trotting Championship.
Before his purple patch the Stan Cameron-trained trotter had only registered 12 wins from his previous 112 outings!
Even the veteran horseman was at a loss to explain Savannah Jay Jay’s change in fortune.
“I hadn’t done anything different with him, it had been exactly the same as it had been for the past five or six years,” Cameron said.
Sent for a spell after scoring in Ballarat on May 24, Savannah Jay Jay will make his racing return at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
In what is a massive 12-race program, the son of Armbro Invasion is poised to contest the R C Freestone Free-For-All.
To Cameron’s dismay Savannah Jay Jay will begin from the second row due to the preferential barrier draw conditions.
“The points have cooked the goose,” Cameron said. “He’s come back on 119 points under this system and with the programming of the race he’s off the back.
“I had been missing the country cup races that have been on as I’m not starting him from so far behind, so I shoved him in at Melton and it’s still not ideal.
“He has put in a few alright trials but will need a few runs to get back to where he was before going for a spell.”
Along with Savannah Jay Jay’s draw Cameron is positive Tornado Valley will be “simply too good.”
Boasting three wins and a third from his last four starts, Tornado Valley has drawn the outside of the second line for premiership winning trainer Andy Gath.
“Tornado Valley is in another class above the rest of us,” Cameron said. “He’s a wonderful trotter and it’s hard to see him being beaten even from that draw.”