All three horses are now trained by John Smerdon on the Gold Coast, after previously being prepared in Cairns or Rockhampton, and will be ridden by Ryan Wiggins, who rode a treble at Townsville’s Cluden Park on Wednesday afternoon.
In the early 1980s, Jorgensen had a small share in Torbek, who won Victorian group races, but he thinks Inquiry, who won the Listed Spear Chief at Doomben last year, is the best-quality horse he has had shares in since then.
Stayer North Afrika will be shooting for his third straight win on the trot in the Benchmark 80 Handicap (2000m).
“North Afrika is the best of the three chances, I think, he will be searching for a dry track, the rain this week has probably been his biggest problem,” he said.
“It looks like it will get that way.
“He should nearly win but So Dapper will be the one to beat after he ran second to Paradee last start on the Gold Coast.”
Both Inquiry and North Afrika have metropolitan wins under their belt already while Derulo, who was one of the star north Queensland two-year-old’s last season, is looking to break through in town.
Derulo, the son of Spill The Beans, won his first four starts but is yet to return to the winner’s stall in three efforts since.
“I was disappointed in his run a fortnight ago, I thought he was a lot better than that,” Jorgensen said.
“I think he will be in with a very good chance, from barrier nine, I think we can still lead from there.
“We are looking for a race where we can jump and control.”