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Jacksstar Wins Gr3 Manawatu Cup
A superb piece of judgement mid-race from Alysha Collett saw her seize the initiative and guide promising stayer Jacksstar (Zed-Star Guest, by Pentire) to victory in the Gr3 Manawatu Cup (2300m) at Awapuni yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Jacksstar improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed New Zealand St Leger) and 7 placings from 27 starts for $NZ166,960 earnings. "I said don't wait around for them as he's the fittest horse in the race. He had just come back from two miles and I knew on the turn he would out-tough them," trainer Gary Vile said. It was a welcome return to form for the Zed gelding who had promised plenty last season when winning the Listed New Zealand St. Leger at Trentham over 2500 metres. "I think the wet spring sort of got to him a bit," noted Vile when questioned about some indifferent runs earlier in this campaign. "He's on form now though. He'll go out to the paddock for a few days and then we'll have a look at the Wellington Cup." The Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) is the feature event at Trentham on 21 January.