“He’s always been a good beginner, but like all other factions of his racing he’s just got better, he gets set in his position and doesn’t move,” he said.
“He’s a bit of a Hannibal Lector when he gets to the track; he turns into a real beast that wants to just get out there and run.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll lead the field on Thursday, but there’s plenty of good dogs in that race and it just depends how they all turn up on the night.”
Never afraid to travel for the right race, this Thursday’s hit out will be Jasper’s last at Albion for a few weeks as he heads north.
“After tomorrow night I’m sending him up to Darren Taylor in Rockhampton for the Cup up there, I think it’s a race that’ll really suit him and we avoid Oh Mickey as well,” Catton laughed.
“Darren is the man for the job up there and if we could come back with a Rocky Cup win, we’d go into the Brisbane Cup feeling a million bucks.
“Oh Mickey is a star there’s no doubt about it, but if Jasper keeps beginning like he does anything could happen on his day.”
Selena and Michael Zammit – Sequana – Box 7
Sequana has been an enigma for the Zammit kennel from the start, often getting stuck behind slower dogs and producing an eye-catching run late.
However, it was only a matter of time until she broke out.
Some of her wins have to be seen to be believed, and no margin is safe when she gets clear passage through the field.
There’s no better example than her incredible 29.48 run, pushing track record holder Sennachie right to the line in The Group Three Golden Ticket.
Mick Zammit got a first hand look at Jasper The Jet running behind Oh Mickey in the Winter Sprint last week, and has plenty of respect for Cooper Dooper coming through the Golden Ticket last year alongside Sequana.
“At a quick glance, Jasper coming back from Free For All behind Oh Mickey, who we get to see day-in day-out as just a freak is probably the form of the race and with his early sectional he’ll be hard to catch,” Michael Zammit said.
“If Sequana can stay within a couple of lengths of him out of the straight it might be a different story, because she really is full of running at the moment - we’d just much rather her drawn the fence.”
“Cooper’s form was right up there behind ours in the Golden Ticket, I know he’s gone off the boil a bit but he gets the draw we wanted, and you can’t count class out.”