Jentico stays unbeaten
Speedy filly Jentico, trained by Tony McEvoy, remained unbeaten with a thrilling deadheat at Moonee Valley on Friday, November 2.
A debut winner at Kyneton last month, Jentico showed a ton of courage in grabbing a share of first prize in the MSC Signs Handicap (1200m).
The three-year-old filly, a $4 chance, after leading, was headed close to the finish but responded to the urgings of jockey Stephanie Thornton to take a share of the win with Kaplumpich ($2.15 fav) with Tatiara ($13) a long head away third.
“I thought I had been beaten,” said jockey Stephanie Thornton.
“She settled well in front but refused to give up when challenged and it was a great effort to share the win.
“I’m sure she will take a lot of benefit from the run as she is still learning.
“I’m very grateful to Tony (McEvoy) for the chances he is giving me.”
McEvoy’s Melbourne stable foreman Michael Shepherdson said the filly had fought back strongly.
“She is a nice filly and the owners deserve success for being so patient with her,” Shepherdson said.
“She will take a lot out of the win and can only continue to improve.
“Jentico is beautifully bred and from a successful group of breeders and Tony is delighted they have given him the filly to train.
“We’ll see how she comes through the run and I’m sure Tony will find another suitable race for her.”