Horses To Follow » Jumby


Jumby ran well to finish third in the six-furlong handicap at Newmarket on Thursday. Slowly away and settled towards the rear of the field early on by Charlie Bishop, and on the far rail, he was a little keen early on, but he travelled better than any of his rivals to the two-furlong marker. He didn’t have a lot of racing room though, his rider had to thread a path down into the Dip. It opened up a little for him at the furlong marker, and he picked up well when it did, picking up well and moving from sixth to third, closing on the runner-up Significantly all the way to the line and getting to within three lengths of the winner Creative Force, in a race that was run in a time that was almost identical to the time that Summerghand clocked in winning the Group 3 Abernant Stakes later on the day.

It was a really good return to action by Eve Johnston Houghton’s colt. A winner over seven furlongs on his racecourse debut at Ascot last July, he ran well to finish third behind Yibir in the Haynes, Hanson & Clarke Conditions Stakes over a mile on his final run as a juvenile, so it was interesting that his trainer started him off over six furlongs at three. He seemed to cope well with the distance all right and, if he had enjoyed a better run through his race, he might have gone close to winning it. The handicapper left him on his mark of 95 after this, and he has the potential to go beyond that mark. It is interesting that his trainer has given him an entry in the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot next Wednesday over six furlongs again. The stiff six furlongs at Ascot could suit him well.
Newmarket, 15th April 2021