JET Spur three-year-old Spur Le Jouer may back up in metropolitan company at the Sunshine Coast this Saturday after his excellent win on the spacious track on Sunday.
"He's nominated for a three-year-old mile race at this Saturday's metro meeting here and will start as long as he pulls up well,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"He's nearing the end of his three-year-old season so it would be good to have a crack at one of those $100,000 races,'' he said.
"He loves the big track. It suits his pattern of racing.
"Whenever we've taken him to the Gold Coast or Doomben he hasn't performed."
Spur Le Jouer ($2.10-fav) went one better than his last-start second at the Sunshine Coast when he won a Class 3 (1400m) on Sunday.
The win gave the stable a double with Jet Spur three-year-olds after Runway Angel won earlier in the afternoon.
Inform jockey Brad Pengelly was patient on Spur Le Joeur, which raced off the pace but swept past the leaders to win by a half-length.
The Darby Racing-syndicated galloper now has three wins and four placings from his 13-start career.
Runway Angel's win in a Maiden (1000m) was even easier.
The filly, ridden by Tim Bell, was also ridden off the pace but gathered them up with ease about 200m out before racing away to win by three-and-three-quarter lengths as a $1.30 favourite.
It was a well-deserved win after going agonisingly close when second to Offensive Play last start.
"She ran into a smart one last time,'' Kendrick said.
"The breakthrough win is pleasing for her owners, who have been patient.
"She's always shown plenty of ability right from her first trial but has had problems, including some knee issues.
"But she's a lot more robust now than she was in the past. I'm hopeful she can develop into a city class horse."
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