By Glenn Davis
Trainer Graeme Green has sounded an ominous warning to Master Jamie’s rivals in the Cleveland Bay Handicap in Townsville on Saturday by rating the super sprinter a better horse than when he claimed the feature a year ago.
Master Jamie has been freshened up for the $100,000 Cleveland Bay over 1300 metres and is dropping back in distance after giving Green his first Rockhampton Cup win over 1600 metres at Callaghan Park last month.
“He was pretty dour when he won the Rockhampton Cup last month so he’s been freshened up and looks the best I’ve ever seen him,” Green said.
“I think he’s a better horse now than when he won the Cleveland Bay last year.
“On his Rockhampton Cup win, I’d say he’s probably a good one length or more better horse this year.”
Master Jamie, who jumps from gate two, carried 58kgs when he claimed last year’s Cleveland Bay, but has the top weight of 61kgs this year.
Green is unconcerned with the weight impost and has no doubt the six-year-old will have no problems coping with it after lumping 59.5kgs to victory in the Rockhampton Cup.
“The weight is not a problem as he’s won with 65.5kgs and thought nothing of it,” he said.
Green’s confidence of Master Jamie defending his Cleveland Bay crown has grown since his arrival in Townsville.
“You always know he’s on his game when he’s kicking and squealing,” Green said.