Jugahlation Wins In Style
Nov 10, 2012
David Murphy got a huge thrill from former Melbourne sprinter Jugahlation's victory at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Now Murphy is hoping the rain which forced the track to be downgraded to heavy sticks around for Jugahlation's main assignment in the G3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm next month.
Jugahlation revelled in the heavy conditions to win effortlessly by 3-1/2 lengths in the Paynter Dixon Handicap (1200m). Jugahlation was originally trained on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne by trainer David Brideoake before being sent to Queensland to continue his career.
Brideoake, who won two races in 13 starts with Jugahlation, retained a share in the five-year-old along with Murphy's long time client Rod Harvey and several others. "You wouldn't believe it. When he when came to me we were having floods and then we didn't get rain for four months!'' Murphy said. "But it was good to see Rod get a winner. He's been a long time client of mine."
Jugahlation's win was his first for Murphy from five starts but he's been very consistent missing a place only once. That was at his first start for Murphy in mid-September when Jugahlation finished a creditable sixth in a 1350-metre class six at Doomben. His two wins were both over 1200 metres at Flemington last December and on a heavy track on the Lakeside course in June.
Murphy was always confident Jugahlation would prevail in the wet and would love to see a wet track for the George Moore Stakes. " He just loves the wet and I was always confident he would win when the track was downgraded," Murphy said. "I'll give him his next start in the (Listed) Keith Noud Quality at Eagle Farm on November 24," Murphy said. "After that it's the Triple Crown races beginning with the George Moore."
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