Ciaron Maher's Jukebox aiming for fourth consecutive win at Flemington

OPTIMISTIC: Winslow-raised trainer Ciaron Maher hopes Jukebox can salute at Flemington. Picture: Amy Paton
OPTIMISTIC: Winslow-raised trainer Ciaron Maher hopes Jukebox can salute at Flemington. Picture: Amy Paton

BOOM unbeaten colt Jukebox will attempt to win his fourth consecutive race for Ciaron Maher when he runs in the $200,000 group two Danehill Stakes over 1200 metres at Flemington on Saturday.

Fresh from a narrow but impressive victory in the Vain Stakes last month, Jukebox tackles a crackerjack field of three-year-olds down the famous straight.

Maher said Jukebox had improved since his first-up win in the Vain.

“He’s improved but he would need to as the Danehill is a very strong race,” he said.

“It’s the first time that Jukebox has run down the straight – there’s always a bit of a question mark over that until you’ve done it but my bloke has a lot of ability.”

Champion jockey Craig Williams, who has ridden Jukebox to his two wins at Caulfield and his other victory at Geelong has retained the ride in the Danehill.

HOPEFUL: Aaron Purcell

HOPEFUL: Aaron Purcell

Fox Swift and Schism are Maher’s other runners on the nine-race program.

Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell’s promising mare Written Era gets a start in the $200,000 Let’s Elope Stakes. Written Era was the first emergency for the group two race. 

Swacadelic, trained by Purcell, runs in the $120,000 Japan Racing Association Trophy.

Fellow trainer Symon Wilde saddles up Dodging Bullets in a $120,000 race.

Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable has Black Heart Bart, Gailo Chop and Humidor running in the $750,000 group one Makybe Diva Stakes.