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05/08/02 Blue Blood Continues Top Class Jumping Record
0804specular.jpg (14197 bytes)Beautifully bred gelding Specular’s jumps record was further enhanced at Caulfield on Saturday when he scored a dashing win in the Melbourne Oyster Bar Hurdle (3000m).

A gelding by the champion sire Danehill, Specular is out of the Group One winning kiwi mare Spyglass, a mare who already had proven herself at stud.

Spyglass, a daughter of Sir Sian, is already the dam of the Group One winner Iron Horse, ironically a horse who ended his career jumping in provincial Victoria.

The jumping record of the family gets another chance to be enhanced as the Tony Rosolini trained Specular is set for more jumping races in the future.

0804tonyrosolini.jpg (9159 bytes)"We’ll send him out now for a week or so in the paddock before setting him for a Hurdle at Moonee Valley and then the Cup Day Hurdle at Flemington," Rosolini said after yesterday’s win.

Specular scored his third win from four jumping starts at Caulfield, and his only other run was a bottling second to Bold Impulse. That galloper managed to snatch third in yesterday’s race right on the post.

Originally purchased by Caulfield based trainer Colin Little at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney, Specular is already a stakes placed performer on the flat.

In fact it was his third placing in last year’s Heatherlie Handicap at Caulfield that caught the eye of Rosolini in replays.

"I actually won the race with Prince Benbara and he (Specular) ran pretty well," Rosolini reflected. So when Specular came up for sale at a Les Jensen Bloodstock Auction at Moonee Valley, the Mornington based trainer joined the bidding action, and provided the final bid.

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