Pride Of Jenni to step into uncharted waters in Australian Cup

Pride Of Jenni All Star Mile
Pride Of Jenni ridden by Declan Bates winning the 2024 All-Star Mile at Caulfield. (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Ciaron Maher acknowledges that All-Star Mile winner, Pride Of Jenni, faces unfamiliar territory as she prepares for the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) this Saturday at Flemington.

“In her 27 starts, she’s only tackled the 2000m distance once,” Maher reflects, referring to her eighth-place finish in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) last April.

“She was on the back-up and is clearly in much better form now.

“She ran reasonably well considering how hard she went in that race, but I think she’ll run well in anything you put her in the form she is in now.

“It is a bit of a risk, but if you’re going to do it, now is the time to do it.”

Following her triumph in the All-Star Mile, Pride Of Jenni has bounced back impressively.

“She’s come through her All-Star Mile victory in excellent order and quickly recovered the weight lost,” said Maher

“She had a gallop on Monday and was likely to have a lighter piece of work later in the week after spending the majority of last week in recovery mode.

“She’s a phenomenal horse really and when you see them race, those types of horses really make the race interesting.”

Pride Of Jenni holds the second line of betting with leading horse racing bookies, quoted at +200 for the Group 1 Australian Cup.

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