It could be a case of third time lucky for talented South Australian sprinter Dexelation in Friday’s $100,000 Golden Topaz (1200m) at Swan Hill.
The six-year-old will return to Victoria for the third time this campaign after a solid effort in the Listed Wangoom at Warrnambool, and was beaten a touch over two lengths at Flemington in the Listed Straight Six last time out.
“He’s knocking on the door, he just needs a bit of luck,’’ co-trainer Richard Jolly said.
“He’s certainly racing well enough he just needs things to fall his way,’’ he said.
Jolly said the horse was handling the travel between SA and Victoria perfectly and was one of the best travellers he’s encountered.
“He’s like a kids pony,’’ Jolly said.
“He doesn’t use any energy on the float, he might even run better when we take him away on the float,’’ he said.
Jolly and daughter Chantelle have produced six winners form their past 12 runners and Jolly said it was nice to see some new horses coming through the grades.
“We’re going really well,’’ Jolly said.
“We’re winning maidens with horses who look like going to the next level and things are going really well,’’ he said.
Dexelation is marked a $9 with tab.com.au behind the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained All Too Royal ($4.20 favourite).
It will be the second time the Jolly stable has chased the Golden Topaz in recent years.
Hard Empire ran down the track in 2019 behind Crown Fontein, trained by Murray Bridge horseman John Hickmott, who will saddle up France’s Boy in Sunday’s $125,000 Swan Hill Cup (1600m).
France’s Boy finished second behind Ace Of Clubs at Morphettville on Oaks Day before a good run finishing third behind fellow South Australia galloper Mongolian Marshal at Flemington last time out.