“I think is one of the best horses I’ve had. She’s awesome.”
This is how highly Yabby Dam Farms trainer Anton Golino spoke of QUAKER JET mare IM READY JET earlier this year.
Im Ready Jet had firmly instilled her star quality in Golino’s mind as a two and three-year-old, winning three group 1s – the Breeders Crown 2yo and 3yo fillies’ finals, and Need For Speed Princess 3yo final.
If any needed any reminding of Golino’s words it was there for all to see in the MAORI’S IDOL TROTTERS FREE-FOR-ALL 1690m, at Kilmore on Saturday night.
The 4yo had put the writing on the board in her first two runs back from a spell, running second to Maori Law in the G2 John Slack Memorial Cup in Ballarat and second to Keayang Livina in the G3 Lightfoot Laurels at Melton.
On each occasion she finished on strongly from back in the field.
At Kilmore, Im Ready Jet sat outside the leader and gave nothing else a chance in the run home - running her last 800m in 29.2 and 27.9 seconds to rate 1:57.5.
The performance gave the daughter of Quaker Jet her a 12th career win in 24 starts and took earnings past $200,000 – the first Australian progeny of the French sire to do so.
Reinsman Jack Laugher was excited by the way Im Ready Jet won at Kilmore – his first victory on her.
“She’s probably got bigger and better races on the horizon provided she stays sound and everything goes well, but to do something like that and beat a quality field – some of the best trotters in Australia were going around tonight – she’s definitely got a bright future and more things to come,” he said.
“You have to be versatile like that to be a good horse, I’ve only had the opportunity to drive her at the races three times and every time she’s come out she’s done something I didn’t really think was possible.
“Even though she’s only run second her first two starts I just thought the sectionals she was reeling off were out of this world. She’s tough, she’s done it in the breeze tonight, and she’s fast, she can real off those quick quarters. She’s going to definitely be a pretty good horse going forward.”
QUAKER JET has had 15 individual winners from 23 Australian-bred foals to race - with his oldest crop being four-year-olds.
Some 13 of that crop are winners from 17 to go to the races.
QUAKER JET available in Australia & New Zealand 2021