Explorator and Tiffany Jeffries cruise to victory in the Adors Party Hire Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Dubbo yesterday. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVANSHARON Jeffries is the first to admit her gelding Explorator does not always put in 100 per cent but she was glad the four-year-old struck form yesterday.
Owned by long-time stable client Phil Easman, Explorator ($12.00, Tiffany Jeffries) was able to lead all the way in the Adors Party Hire Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Dubbo yesterday, continuing a good weekend for the young hoop who rode a pair of winners at Carathool a day earlier.
The scratching of well-supported favourite Ariel Miss at the gates opened the race up but the Max Crockett-trained mare would have needed to be at her absolute best to beat Explorator, which turned around a pair of bad performances since resuming from a spell.
Jeffries rated the Shaft x Quiet Happy to perfection and he never looked in danger as he recorded a dominant four-and-a-quarter-length victory in a time of 1:23.08.
Royal Gaze ($12.00, Vad Bolozhynskyi) was second with Sinister Sums ($21.00, Greg Ryan) third.
“He’s a funny horse because he has a lot of ability but he doesn’t always show it. You have to set him a task and he either responds to it or he doesn’t,” Sharon Jeffries said.
“You can never go to the races too confident with him but you just have to hope that the right Explorator turns up and today he did.
“His first two runs this time in weren’t anything flash but Tiff rode him well today, she got him going early and kept his mind on the job and it panned out well but we have to be careful of getting carried away because we don’t know what he will do next time he goes to the races.”
Yesterday’s win took Explorator’s record to two wins from 15 starts with three minor placings thrown in, and shot his earnings past $16,000.
Jeffries was also full of praise for her daughter’s ride, saying Tiffany has improved in recent times.
“It’s hard for all kids when they come out of their time and become senior riders,” she said.
“They lose the claim and don’t get as many opportunities but Tiff has been improving and she’s ridden three winners for the weekend now which is a good reward for her.”
The Jeffries camp was narrowly beaten out of a winning double when Ryedale Road was edged out by Worldly Wise in the opening race, with the trainer saying the five-year-old wasn’t far off breaking out of maiden class.
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