Esprit Jaccka to back up Thursday

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Esprit Jaccka is to back up at Addington on Thursday night after her sound second to Coughton Court in a 1 win and faster mobile 1950m pace at Addington on Tuesday, July 5.


The Live Or Die mare was given every chance on Tuesday by Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones, who secured the run of the race on the outer over the final lap.

However, Coughton Court, first-up since returning to the Leithfield stable of Robbie Holmes, had the last say wearning her down by three-quarters of a length in a 1:59.9 mile rate for the mobile 1950m.

“She’ll go round again now that she’s back in the field,” said Mark.


Esprit Jaccka, who had freshened well after being off her game at her previous start, will try to replicate her maiden win over 2000m from a stand at Addington on June 3 for the Green Machine Racing Syndicate.

She led and held Zahhara by a neck in a handy 2:32.6 for the stand start 2000m on that occasion, running her last 800m in 58.7s, and will start from wide on the front over the stand start 2000m again.

Mark, who returned from a 10-day holiday in France on Monday afternoon, was placed with both Tuesday drives.

He had also intended to go to England, but decided to cut the trip short after major owner Peter Chambers was unable to make the trip.

Mark earlier reined stablemate Bedlam to run third first-up in the Bishopdale TAB – 333 Harewood Road 2YO Mobile Pace.

Bedlam trailed favourite The Perfect Storm and rallied solidly along the sprint lane.

However both The Perfect Storm and Bedlam were outfinished by Waitati, who capitalised after getting a good run on the outer for Samantha Ottley.

Ironically, Waitati, was trained earlier in the season for a time by Mark before being on-sold by Waikouaiti owner Bruce Negus to Colin and Julie De Filippi.

Waitati, a colt by Courage Under Fire, won going away by a length in 2:27.2 for the mobile 1950m, a mile rate of 2:01.4, the leaders running their last 800m in 59.1s and final 400m in 28.9s.