It’s taken a while, but the verdict is out, MADAM JUROR is a racehorse and she is a multiple winner, her most recent victory was at Orange on Tuesday 5th December 2017.
MADAM JUROR showed a liking for the fresh Central Districts air as she followed up on her previous start, finishing 3rd, just over half a length from the winner, on the same track over the same distance (2100 metres). Shaun Guymer, who had been on the mare at her last start, had taken the ride again. MADAM JUROR’s allocated weight was 57.0kgs and she had drawn three from the outside gate in a field of nine runners.
With a large amount of rain throughout the state recently, the Central Districts Region had encountered some drying conditions resulting in a track rating of a Soft 7 on race day. The fluctuations in the betting were minimal for the top chances, with MADAM JUROR always a solid second favourite at $3 behind the David Pfieffer-trained, New Zealand bred Cheung Fun ($2.60).
From barrier seven Shaun had jumped reasonably, noticing there was a bit of a challenge for the lead, decided to ease his mount and eventually settle two horses off the fence just rearward of midfield.On passing the 1400 metres mark, the pair still remained in that position, travelling very comfortably.
Shortly afterward with about 1000 metres to go, one of the backmarkers, Chocolate Coated, which was on the inside of MADAM JUROR, started a sharp move forward, coming off the rails in a bid to circle the field. A further 200 metres saw that horse in the lead, two lengths in front.
With her jockey biding his time, MADAM JUROR was primed to up the tempo in order to make ground on the leaders. The field were now about 700 metres out and Shaun decided it was time to get going. At the 500 metres mark MADAM JUROR, under a good hold was four wide, running third and coming into the race nicely. On the point of the home turn she was vying for the lead three wide with Chocolate Coated and another Hawkesbury-trained runner Sulien to her inside.
Well into the home straight now, the mare was given full rein and being urged along by her jockey. She responded and kicked over a length clear passing the 200 metres pole. The duo were in full flight and heading for home. The only danger was the favourite Cheung Fun (NZ) which had broken clear of the pack and was running on strongly.
The winning post loomed and it was MADAM JUROR victorious a length clear of the fast finishing Cheung Fun (NZ) with a further half length to Nemo Dat, which had also run on into third place. The time for the race was 2:15.71.
Many thanks must go to Shaun Guymer for a heady ride. To Scott and his team, Well Done in getting MADAM JUROR into fine fettle and producing another win and of course to breeders and part owners, Wal and Anne Lanham and their other partners a Huge Congratulations, it’s wonderful to see such a great bunch of people notch up another win with their horse.