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Lord Jonathan Promising Prospect

3 May 2012
Lord Jonathan promising VARracing  prospect

ON a card where winners might be hard to find, Corne Spies-trained Lord Jonathan, breeder Favour Stud and owner Fito Englezakis and Favour Stud in partnership should give punters a good run for their money in Race 4 at Fairview on Friday, a MR 90 Handicap over 1400m.

The , three-year-old Var gelding is at his best over this distance, as his last two wins show. The step up in trip to 1400m in December last year saw a change of fortune for Lord Jonathan because he beat Lion’s Roar by 0.40 lengths. A runner-up berth to Double Nelson over 1400m was followed by a fifth placing behind Albert Mooney in the Ibhayi Handicap at Arlington.

A drop in class to MR 78 class saw Lord Jonathan regain his best form with a solid 1.50-length win over Checklist and he might have found the class and distance of the 1600m Guineas too much in his most recent outing.
Regular jockey Gerrit Schlechter will be in the saddle again and draw No 8 should not be a major hindrance.
Owner FN Englezakis and Favour Stud

Jet Burst came back from a two-and-a-half month break to post a 1.25-length win over Kantaka in a race run over this trip at Arlington. The four-year-old Jet Master gelding picked up a four-point penalty for that victory and won on the last three occasions he raced at Arlington, so might be better suited to that track. He cannot be ruled out, though.

The Mike Bass satellite yard sent out its first winner last week when Crown Hill scored comfortably. Bass will be represented by Peregrine Power in this race and he should also do well. He clearly needed his last start, having moved up dangerously before tiring, and should strip fitter this time.
Shujaa and Western Star are both distance suited and good enough on their day to earn a stake cheque.