(By John Jenkins)
Maestro jumps trainer Kevin Myers unleashed another potential jumping star when Duffers Creek scored a dominant debut win over hurdles at Te Rapa today.
The nine-year-old Gold Centre gelding, winner of 12 races on the flat, was well schooled for his first jumping assignment and a confident ride by stable jockey Shaun Fannin saw him run out a 4-1/4 length winner of the 2800m maiden hurdle.
Duffers Creek, who was coming off a last start third over 1950m on the flat at Blenheim last week, was sent out a raging hot favourite and the subject of a $5000 win bet at fixed odds just minutes before the start.
Fannin settled Duffers Creek in third place early but the horse was travelling so keenly that he pulled his way to the front with 1000m to run and was always in control thereafter.
He put in two magnificent jumps at the last two fences and, with his pace on the flat, he raced away for a decisive win over outsider The Bieber, with Commander 1-3/4 lengths back in third.
“Obviously he was a bit keen in his first go over jumps and down the back I had to let him go because he was travelling so well,” Fannin said.
“By the way he jumped those last two I think he’s got a big future over fences.”