By Glenn Davis
Trainer Graeme Green’s retirement plans have been put on hold as his Stradbroke Handicap hope Master Jamie makes his return in the Listed Ascot Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Master Jamie is already qualified for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 12, courtesy of his brilliant win in The Gateway Handicap over 1400 metres in December.
The four-year-old’s win earned him a month off in the paddock to prepare for his Stradbroke bid.
He showed he was on target with an easy barrier trial win for apprentice Marnu Potgieter on his home track at Rockhampton last month.
Jockey Taylor Marshall has picked up the ride on Master Jamie, replacing Michael Rodd, who will partner the Tony Gollan-trained Vega One.
“I wanted to get in early to get a jockey but most riders wouldn’t commit and eventually I got Taylor Marshall," Green said.
The 65-year-old believes Master Jamie will be very competitive over 1000 metres first-up.
The four-year-old has won three of his four starts over the trip, while he has an equally good record of three wins from four starts at Eagle Farm.
“I think he’ll be very competitive and I don’t think we’ll change his pattern of racing just yet,” Green said.
“Alleys are very important so he should lead from barrier two.
“He’s a bit of a bulldog and doesn’t like other horses getting past him.”