Coffs trainer Jim Jarvis.
Coffs trainer Jim Jarvis.

Jagoe racing toward retirement

THE Jim Jarvis-trained Jagoe Road kicks off what will be his final swansong to racing in the Tumbulgum Tavern Newmarket Prelude (1200m) at Murwillumbah tomorrow.

And while the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup in August is the seven-year-old gelding’s main aim this campaign, Jarvis is quietly confident Jagoe Road can sprint well fresh in the Benchmark 75 Handicap.

Jarvis has a strong hand at the meeting, also saddling up multiple cups winner Mr Gold Fire in the IGA Murwillumbah Cup Prelude (1800m).

Jagoe Road hasn’t raced for 252-days, a combination of being left in Melbourne during Jarvis’s move to Coffs Harbour and a recovery period.

“He’s been back in work four months and is as good as gold,” Jarvis said. “I took him back to Melbourne last time, gave him a good break and considered him worthy of one more preparation.

“I’ve just taken him along steady. I’m hopeful he can make a carnival horse. The Coffs Cup is the aim.

“He’s had a jump out and he did win first-up last preparation, albeit at Bowraville which is a little easier than a Newmarket Prelude admittedly but he’s bouncing around like a kangaroo, like a jack-in-a-box.

“He can handle it wet and apart from the top two (Another Takeover and Kryptelon) he’s probably third pick in the race.

“He’s a very athletic horse, you never know. I think he can run very well.” Jagoe Road will be ridden by Wayne Wheatley.

Mr Gold Fire, a cups winner at Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Ballina and Taree (twice), is close to hitting his peak, Jarvis suggested.

The gelding is headed towards the $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup (2000m) on June 27.

“He had a bit of a hiccup, bruised his heel a couple of weeks back and it put us behind the eight ball,” Jarvis said. “In all honesty he probably needs Sunday and possibly another run in the Murwillumbah Cup Preview at Ballina (June 14) to bring him right to his top but he’ll be thereabouts on Sunday.

“He too will have this preparation then be retired. He’s the family pet and been a great horse to us.”

John Keating has the mount.

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