By Pat McLeod
Jamie Hosking’s ‘comeback queen’, Jen’s Joy, continues to emerge as a genuine summer carnival threat, powering through to next Thursday night’s Final of the $45,000 Group 3 Rising Stars at Albion Park.
Despite a less than perfect start to her heat at ‘The Creek’ on Thursday night, the Aussie Infrared and Eight Green Cans chaser stormed home to relegate Tom Tzouvelis’s pair, Pursuer (second) and Scarlatti (third).
Jen’s Joy, who has made a sensational comeback after an injury at her fourth start in April this year, showed that her third in the Group 1 Ipswich Gold Cup last week was far from inflated form.
However, she will face a talented field in the $30,000 to-the-winner Rising Stars Final.
Leading that challenge is slick Sydney youngster Overflow Beau (trained by Craig Chappelow), who collected his seventh win in 12 starts in 30.15 seconds, which equalled Jen’s Joy’s time.
Brent Kline’s experienced, and successful, Carton Of Bear, continued his ultra-consistent form, remaining tough to win his heat and Renald Attard’s Mrs Musgrave caused a minor upset by claiming the fourth heat win.
Hosking said he was a bit worried for Jen’s Joy’s hopes when she was slow out of the boxes.
“I did not like my chances down the back because there were some pretty good dogs in that race,” Hosking said.
“But, she got through.