WARRNAMBOOL sprinter Youbolt will chase interstate riches following his third placing in the $120,000 Christmas Stakes at Caulfield yesterday.
The Jarrod McLean-trained Youbolt finished one length behind the winner Undeniably in the 1200-metre race, with Sea Lord in second place.
McLean sent his stable manager Billy Hernan to Caulfield to saddle up the six-year-old while he watched Youbolt on television at the annual Penshurst Boxing Day meeting, where he had five runners.
“Youbolt has gone to the next level,” McLean said.
“His biggest win was in the Palmerston Sprint at Darwin in August. He’s improved since that run.
“He’s running against better class horses now and running well. We’ve kept on lifting the bar and he’s kept on improving.”
McLean, 31, said Youbolt would possibly have his next start in a $40,000 race in Adelaide on January 5.
He will then go to Tasmania for a $90,000 weight-for-age race over 1200 metres on January 23 and a $100,000 weight-for-age race over 1400 metres on February 10.
“Youbolt deserves the chance to run in the better races in Tasmania,” he said.
“When I got him two years ago he was recovering from a sesamoid injury to his near side front leg. I thought he would win a few restricted races but he has just kept on improving.
“I never thought he would be running in weight-for-age races when I first got him.”
Youbolt picked up $10,800 in stakemoney for his connections from his third placing in the Christmas Stakes.