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10/06/02 Jack One Right Out of the Box
r1titanicjack2.jpg (12186 bytes)Titanic Jack has been unearthed as a potential carnival galloper after a runaway win in the Super Vobis Murray Cox Handicap (1100m) at Flemington today.

A two-year-old gelding by Encosta de Lago, Titanic Jack extended his unbeaten run to two after his close to five length demolition job today.

Trained by Tommy Hughes Jnr, Titanic Jack ($2.50-$3-$2.60 fav) sat off the pace during the race before swooping to the lead on the inside of the field and then careering away for an effortless victory.

Hughes Jnr said the gelding had also shown plenty of ability from the first time he was tested by the stable.

"We were originally setting him for the Inglis Premier race here in February, but he went shinny on us and we tipped him straight out," Hughes Jnr said.

r1rtosc.jpg (12714 bytes)"He's a really nice horse," the pleased trainer added.

Hughes Jnr said the gelding, who is from a fantastic black type female family, would "most likely" back up in a fortnight at Moonee Valley.

"We'll probably run at the Valley in a couple of weeks," Hughes Jnr said. "Looks a bit like money for jam."

Titanic Jack was bred by Allan Whittenbury of the Barree Pastoral Company and Tommy Hughes Senior convinced him to buy back the youngster when he was offered for sale.

"He (Titanic Jack) was originally knocked out of the (Melbourne) Premier Sale because he'd injured a hock," Hughes said. "Allan was then going to put 50 on him ($50,000 reserve) but we convinced him to keep him."

The win also extended a great recent run for the Blue Gum Farm based stallion Encosta de Lago, who's Victoria's most popular sire.

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