Leading trainer Tom Dailly isn’t buying into the hype surrounding Jax Bale ahead of Saturday’s meeting at The Meadows, where GRV’s Watchdog Form Guide has labelled the rising star the best bet of the night.
In winning three of his six starts, Jax Bale, which only turned two in January, has created a huge impression, most notably clocking a scorching 29.51s at Sandown Park at start number five.
While co-trainer Tom Dailly likes what he’s seen so far from the lightly-raced prospect, he certainly isn’t getting carried away.
“He’s not a bad young dog,” said Dailly.
“But as usual the media gets hold of it and blows a reasonable dog up into a superstar.
“The dog can run but he’s still learning.”
Punters keen to assess Jax Bale for themselves will have to wait until race 10, a grade 5 event over the 525m course, over which his sire Allen Deed, which was also prepared by the Dailly kennel, holds the track record.
Drawn in box seven, Jax Bale is TAB’s $2.25 favourite, with kennelmate Rockstar Stanley (box 2), the winner of three from 13, on the third line of betting at $6.50, while the Daillys also have $11 chance Fabriola Zad (box 6) engaged.
“Wide boxes at The Meadows are never ideal but I don’t think it should worry Jax Bale on Saturday,” Dailly offered.
“He’s our best chance in the race but I wouldn’t rule Rockstar Stanley out if he gets a clear run. He can really run.”
Team Dailly will have a very strong representation at The Meadows, with Dailly identifying multiple Group finalist Lucy’s Milo (box 3) in the seventh event, a 600m Grade 5 affair, as one of their best chances.
“Lucy’s Milo loves being near the rails, he’s going well and I expect him to go close.”