Jon Snow returns, no rust

Cambridge galloper Jon Snow. Photo: ODT files
Cambridge galloper Jon Snow. Photo: ODT files

Do not expect talented galloper Jon Snow to be on the back foot in tomorrow’s Tarzino Trophy, despite him sitting out the entire autumn.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained 5yr­old has not started since being ruled out of last year’s Mel­bourne Cup with a heel issue.

Before that he ran a good race for ninth in the Caulfield Cup while suffering heavy interfer­ence in the straight.

Despite the nine-month gap, Jon Snow is fit and ready to run a strong race in tomorrow’s 1400m feature at Hastings.

‘‘Jon Snow is pretty forward for a horse that hasn’t raced in the autumn. I think he is every bit as forward as he was this time last year when he resumed in the Memsie, and he was only beaten by three lengths there,’’ Andrew Forsman told NZ Racing Desk.

The Baker-Forsman stable also has Francaletta and wet­tracker New York Minute accepted for the Tarzino.

‘‘I think Francaletta is the big improver. It was well docu­mented she hadn’t had a trial heading into [the Foxbridge Plate] and she has improved lengths out of that, so she is always going to be competitive in this sort of race if she gets in.’’

Foxbridge Plate winner Mel­ody Belle was made the early favouritefor tomorrow’s group 1 when fixed-odds markets opened. The Jamie Richards­trained mare sprinted best to nail runner-upJulius on the line after being given a great run by rider Shafiq Rusof.

Leading contenders Scott Base and Hiflyer come into tomorrow’s race without having run in the Foxbridge Plate. Hif­lyer returns from an Australian run where he gained two fourth placings ingood company.

Scott Base has not started since March, but has had one trial ahead of his return to racing.

Jackfrost wins at Ashburton

Grand National Hurdle win­ner Jackfrost proved he can do almost anything when winning on the flat at Ashburton yester­day.

The 2100m event was meant to be just a stepping stone for him before his tilt at this month’s Great Northern Hurdles.

Trainers Brian and Shane Anderton may have the grey primed for that staying test but it has not taken the sprint out of the classy 8yr-old’s legs.

Jack­frost unleashed a powerful burst to sprint past his rivals and score for rider Courtney Barnes.

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