Group 1 placegetter Jumbo Prince set for jumping debut
Group 1-placed galloper Jumbo Prince is poised to return to South Australia on Saturday and make jumping debut when metropolitan racing heads to Gawler.
Named after one of South Australian footballs greatest Rick Davies, Jumbo Prince is owned by Tanunda accountant and Sturt tragic David Hornhardt who races the horse with his family.
The rising eight-year-old was purchased at the 2013 Gold Coast magic Millions Yearling Sale and has done the bulk of his racing in Queensland before joining the Jarrod McLean stable earlier this year.
He was placed in the Group 1 Queensland Derby as a three-year-old and finished in the first three in the Ipswich, Caloundra and Grafton cups in 2017 having banked more $889,250 in prizemoney.
He made an Adelaide appearance at Morphettville in March running down the track in the Listed Matrice Stakes and has been groomed for his jumping debut with three trials, the latest at Cranbourne last week.
Jumbo Prince will clash with last year’s SA Grand National Steeplechase winner Felix Bay and last week’s Gawler winner Tangara.
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Trainer Grant Young will be hoping to see a return to form for the well-credentialed chaser who pumps into local pair Sea Raven and Caroun.
Searaven was back to winning form at Morphettville last time out while stablemate Caroun will be on the quick back-up after running third in the Thackeray Steeplechase at Warrnambool on Sunday at massive odds.