Jacinta Sets Sights On National Sprint

Feb 27, 2014

Simon Dinopoulos Racing and Sports:

Ultra consistent mare Jacinta will tackle stakes company at her next start with the Matthew Dale trained galloper set to contest the Listed National Sprint.

Sent out the well supported favourite at Canberra on Sunday the daughter of Commands proved successful in living up to her impressive recent form when saluting in the sixth event.

Settling up on the speed, Jacinta quickly hit the front early in the straight before holding off a late charge to score narrowly from the Luke Pepper trained Zuccherina .

While punters were left with their hearts in their mouths late in the piece, Dale said she wasn't really suited hitting the front a long way from home.

"She'd had five weeks off and raced a little fresh as a result," Dale said.

"She hit the front a long way from home as well which also didn't suit her.

"She's a mare with a record of 10 starts for six wins with a further three minor placings so she's proven ultra consistent and will now target the Listed National Sprint."

In what was her sixth start this time in, Dale said he is confident she has come through the run well and is right on track after having a short let up.

"She is deep into a preparation now and we were mindful of that so we gave her five weeks between runs leading up to her last start at Canberra," Dale said.

"We did trial her at Canberra during that period with the main aim to give her some fresh legs leading into the National Sprint.

"She's handling it very well, she is still in very good condition and eating well so we'll take it one step at a time with her."

Having returned at Canberra over 1200m Dale is confident the step up to seven furlongs in the National Sprint will prove right up her alley.

"1400m does appear to be her optimum distance at this stage, her city form over 1400m is really strong with the formlines around her all holding up," Dale said.

"While obviously stepping up in grade next Sunday the step up in trip should definitely suit her."