Jagar, ridden by Damian Lane, wins the Next Generation Sprinters Series Final (Image: Racing Photos)

Jagar, ridden by Damian Lane, wins the Next Generation Sprinters Series Final (Image: Racing Photos)

Jagar settles, outstays sprint rivals

Jagar opened her account in a juvenile sprint feature at Flemington on Saturday but the style of her victory and pedigree suggests her best performances in future won't be down the famous straight course.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Jagar raced in a prominent position throughout under Damian Lane in the $150,000 Sofitel Next Generation Sprinters Series Final (1200m), chasing tearaway leader Power Crunch who flew through the opening first 600 metres in 35.61 seconds albeit assisted by a noticeable tailwind.

Power Crunch wilted on his effort 200 metres from the finish, Jagar pounced and then held Stalking and Regulus on the line, the minor placegetters displaying elements of stoutness as the final 600 metres was run in a slower 36.1 seconds.

"I think she'll get over a little bit further next season," Zahra said of Jagar, a David Moodie-owned homebred by Zoustar out of his Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) winner Spirits Dance.

Jagar's older half-sister, Parmie, is a dual 1400-metre winning two-year-old who runs later on Saturday at Flemington in the $150,000 Leilani Series Final (1400m) in search of her first win since the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400m) in July 2019. 

"Early days she just would take off and want to run but giving her a bit of racing as a two-year-old has been a big help because she's now learnt how to relax," Zahra said.

"Today was probably the best she's been at the races, she just relaxed and I think she paraded the best in that field."

Lane has ridden Jagar in all her four starts, resulting in minor placings in juvenile fillies' maidens at Ballarat Synthetic and Cranbourne last month prior to her Flemington breakthrough.

“Her progression has been great," Lane said. "I work very closely with these young Ellerton/Zahra, Hesket Bloodstock horses and she’s been one that I have worked a lot with and she’s always shown good ability.

“She’s been one where I thought her stamina might let her down as she’s always been sharp over short trips in trials and I thought she may not be able to sustain the gallop.

“Ever since she’s stepped out this prep she’s completely proven me wrong and I’m very happy to be wrong.

“There was a tearaway leader but she carted the next division up. She’s so tough that she continued to run through the line."

Mennea failed to live up to market expectations, racing alongside Jagar against the inside rail from the inside barrier in the field of ten before being among the first under pressure and not answering Mark Zahra's calls, fading into eighth.