Jezpark joined the Bletchley Park honour-roll with a gutsy victory in the LR Supremacy Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The Ted Martinovich trained colt is a member of Bletchley Park’s final crop and is his 27th stakes winner. The former champion Sunspeed stallion died in April 2011 after a long career standing at Dawson Stud and Lynward Park.
Jezpark (2c Bletchley Park – Jezreel by Tribu) will run in the LR Perth Stakes (1100m) on March 15 as his final lead-up to the G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on March 29.
Martinovich prepared his first Karrakatta Plate winner in 1988 when Hold That Smile (Haulpak) was successful in the colours of Robert Holmes a Court. “He’s a pretty good horse,” Martinovich said. “We thought he would run a forward race even though he was buttering up within seven days – he’s a gross colt and handled it without any problems.”
Jezpark was shin-sore after a first-up second to Rosebuck at Ascot in October and was placed in his first two runs back after spell behind Django and Cadenza in February. “He was beaten fair and square last time but it was a good run,” Martinovich added. “He had to use plenty of petrol to get to the front today and he fought back when tackled in the final furlong.”
His dam Jezreel foaled a filly by Oakland Park stallion Rogano last August and she comes from a Sunspeed family going back several generations. Her third-dam County Clare (Medal) won the 1977 Supremacy Stakes.
Bletchley Park’s first-crop filly Most Secret won the 1996 Supremacy Stakes and she has gone on to foal Covertly (G1 Railway Stakes) and So Secret (G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes) at stud. Her War Chant filly topped the Perth Magic Millions at $250,000 last month.
– Karl Patterson