High expectations for Spiritist
COFFS Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis has been around long enough to know when he has a good horse and he is hoping Spiritist can live up to his expectations when he runs in the Schweppes Benchmark 65 (1000m) at Coffs Harbour’s TAB meeting this afternoon.
“I have been in this game for more than 50 years and had some handy horses. This guy has shown me the world and his debut win by more than 10 lengths was very good at Ballina,” Jarvis said.
“In saying that, it’s a big step up in class from a maiden and it was on a heavy track but I like the way the horse is going.”
Jarvis, who relocated to Coffs Harbour from Cranbourne several years ago, bred Spiritist and races the three-year-old with his wife Kris.
Spiritist will be well suited by the expected slow rating, with more than 30 millimetres of rain in the past couple of days.
“His dam Virancho won three races and two were in the wet,” Jarvis said.
“Spiritist ran well in his only trial behind a pretty handy horse and missed the start by five lengths and was only beaten three.
"I was pretty confident of him winning at Ballina. I wanted him to sit third or fourth, but he found his way to the front and couldn’t be held any slower.
“He led by a few lengths and extended to more than 10 lengths on the line.
“I have been happy with his work since.”
If Spiritist races to what Jarvis expects, the veteran trainer will consider his options.
“I was thinking about running him at Doomben midweek or the Gold Coast, but this race is on his home track and it’s only his second start,” Jarvis said.
“This start will tell me if we take him north or south, but I’m pretty sure he will again run a big race.
“Broadway Gossip is definitely the main danger, but my horse has tremendous speed and will take some catching.”