Ciaron Maher’s boom colt Jukebox lost no admirers with a gallant second placing in the $200,000 Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
Jukebox was going for his fourth consecutive victory from four starts but was defeated by the David Hayes-trained filly Catchy in the group two race.
Maher said the lightly raced three-year-old was brave in defeat.
“Jukebox did a great job considering it was his first run down the Flemington straight,” the former Emmanuel College student said.
“He faced the breeze and did a lot of work in the run.
Jukebox did a great job considering it was his first run down the Flemington straight.Ciaron Maher
“Catchy is a very smart filly so it’s no disgrace to be beaten by her. I’m sure my bloke will derive a lot of benefit and experience from that run.”
Fox Swift scored her first metropolitan victory for Maher when she won the $120,000 Cap D’Antibes Stakes.
“She’s an honest filly,” Maher said.
“She’s still got a winter coat. She’s been up a while but is racing well. It’s great Fox Swift got some black type next to her name. I’ve got no big spring plans for her going forward.
“She’s lightly raced and should run out a strong 1400 metres.”
Humidor trained at Darren Weir’s Warrnambool sateillte stable won the $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes. His stablemates Black Heart Bart ran third and Gailo Chop fourth. Humidor firmed from $11 to $5 for the Caulfield Cup following his win in the Makybe Diva.