Jestajingle hits the right Maiden notes

On type, Jestajingle reminds Fred Kersley of her brilliant dam Jestatune.

She has also inherited her mother’s early speed on the strength of her breakthrough win in yesterday’s Del Basso Smallgoods Maiden (1000m) at Belmont Park.

The latest winner from a top WA family, Jestajingle ($5.50) jumped to the front for jockey William Pike and broke clear at the 200m.

Ellora May ($2.05 favourite) came off the leader’s back to give chase, but she was no match for Jestajingle. The Lonhro filly beat Ellora May by 1¾ lengths with Disco Smile ($10) third.

Jestatune was an outstanding two and three-year-old for Kersley and Oakland Park Stud’s Neville Duncan.

She won the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic and Gimcrack Stakes and was placed in the Karrakatta Plate, WA Sires’ Produce Stakes and Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.

“They’re different colours but on type there are similarities,” Kersley said.

“It’s a natural, up-and-running family with very good, quick speed.”

Kersley’s initial attempt to settle Jestajingle led to her making her race debut over 1600m at Ascot, in which she ran on well for second to Source Of Survival.

She then dropped back to 1200m, running fifth at Pinjarra, before dropping again to 1000m yesterday.

“I never doubted her speed but the plan was to teach her to be a racehorse and settle her in her races,” Kersley said.

“Unfortunately she’s revved up a little bit now and she’s over-racing early. We’ll probably hang around the 1000 and 1200 but I don’t fancy myself as a 1000 metre trainer, so it’s a bit of a conundrum.”

Jestatune is also a half-sister to Ihtsahymn, who won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and Group 2 WA Guineas.

She has also produced Ascot winner Molto Allegro and Ascot placegetter Hit Tune, as well as a Snitzel colt which fetched $200,000 at the Inglis Melbourne yearling sale in February.

Pike scored a treble yesterday courtesy of Jestajingle, Hello Paris and Striking Star.

Jay Rooney

The West Australian

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