Revitalised Jet Speed can reach the heights

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 January, 1994, 12:00am

IVAN Allan and Basil Marcus looked decidedly unlucky not to add another win to their highly successful partnership when Jet Speed was caught close to home in yesterday's seventh event.

Jet Speed had not shown anything until yesterday's Classes Five and Six event for stayers over 2,000 metres.

But he raced with renewed vigour and was only beaten a short head when Fantastic View swept home late under equally vigorous riding by Frenchman Eric Legrix.

Jet Speed also struck trouble in running so is entitled to be treated as a winner without a penalty next time.

He was drawn on the outside of the full field of 14 runners and his cause wasn't helped one little bit when Champion Mascot veered straight into him as the gates opened trapping Jet Speed wide on the first bend.

Always Fortune then shied away from the rails as they rounded the first turn causing bunching which cost Jet Speed another half-a-length or so before Marcus could gather him together and get him back into the race.

Jet Speed started the season rated on 22, having run well off marks in the high 20s last season.

He will be back on a mark of 20 or so after this run and remains handicapped to do something in the near future.