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Jalapeno ready to tackle hot field in UBET Gold Cup Heats

By Isaac Murphy

Queensland chaser JalapeƱo is ready to tackle a hot field of local and interstate runners over the 710m in the Group 1 UBET Gold Cup Heats on Thursday night at Albion Park.

The Tony Apap trained and owned dog has amassed an impressive record of 37 starts, 10 wins and 19 minor placings, but Apap believes with a bit of luck the dogs best racing is yet to come.

In a race featuring arguably Australia's premier chaser, the Robert Britton-trained Tornado Tears, Apap believes by drawing the red rug, Jalapeno is every possible chance to measure up.

"He was luckless last start, copped multiple checks and still finished off really strongly," Apap said.

"He's finally drawn a good box and while it's his first time at this level we're confident he'll run well."

Jalapeno holds a special place in the kennel having been bred and owned by Apap.

"It always gives you that little bit of extra joy when you've bred them yourself," Apap said.

"Seeing the dog develop to where he's a three year old in the prime of his career, he's been a really good earner for us."

Apap said he would wait until after Thursday before making a decision on where to place Jalapeno next, but there were a number of enticing staying races approaching over the winter carnival.