Jehangeer Takes Local Feature

Pedigrees are very important in racing, they done’t guarantee success but generally a good mare can produce good progeny multiple times. Spasha has been a great mare, producing multiple stakes performers, including the star sprinter Hello Youmzain. His full brother has been progressing with every race and took the feature 6f Wetherbys Global Stallions App Handicap at Thirsk.

Full brother to Hello Youzain, Jehangeer has always been a different physical model. That said he did mange to win on his second start as a 2yo, which lined him up for a crack at pattern company. The Gimcrack maybe came too soon but he rounded off the season with a very goof third place in listed company. He had shown ability throughout his 2yo campaign and always looked likely to improve with time and possibly a touch further.

Returning to action at Newmarket, Jehangeer produced a pleasing run to finish third. Following that run he was gelded and had a minor wind op, keeping him from the track until July where he would head to Thirsk. The 6f contest would see him taking on his elders for the first time and Jehangeer was the unexposed horse battling veterans of the sprint division. Tom Eaves has been flying recently and he was booked for the ride.

Jumping well, Jehangeer was up with the leaders through the early doors. The stalls had been positioned in the centre of the track but with the softer conditions, the field tracked over to the stands side. Jehangeer had a good sit but would come under pressure very early on. After only a couple of furlongs, Tom was beginning to work away on his mount just tom maintain his position.

Having to work hard from so far out wold usual spell disaster but Jehangeer was still in the race as they moved past halfway. Although he had edged backwards, Tom had been pushing along and started to get a response. With the rest of the field beginning  to race Jehangeer could make some progress up the rail. He had maintained a decent spot which meant that he would have a clear run.

The long time leader was maintaining his gallop and very little was getting into contention. Jehangeer was beginning to make ground now, really hitting his top stride. Moving through the field, he was closing along the rail as many began to move backwards.

Jehangeer caught the leader as they moved inside the final furlong, something which looked difficult just 2f ago. Having come through to challenge, he had all the momentum and was really using his long stride. Taking the lead, Jehangeer now started to stretch and pulled away from his rivals. You could see the stamina kicking in and his best part of the race was the final furlong. Pulling clear he took the race by a clear 1 1/2 lengths.

Winning didn’t look a high prospect early in the race but once Jehangeer got into his stride he was powerful in the latter stages. Whether the pace of the race was what caught him out, the performance here looks as though 7f should be no issue in the future. This win was off 92 so it looks as though the top handicaps will be in line for the rest of the year.

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