IN-form jumps jockey Shane Jackson gets his chance to win another feature jumping race for the powerful Ciaron Maher-David Eustace training combination when he rides Bit Of A Lad in the $100,000 Australian Steeplechase at Sandown on a Sunday.
Jackson joined forces with Maher and Eustace to win the Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase on Ablaze earlier this month.
Maher said it was great the Warrnambool-based jumps jockey will partner Bit Of A Lad in one of the three jumping races at Sandown.
"Shane's riding in top form," Maher said. "I'm confident his riding style will suit Bit Of A Lad.
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"I was happy with the performance of Bit Of A Lad to run fourth in the Grand Annual. He's pulled up well from that effort.
"We gave him a good gallop at Ballarat on Wednesday and he seems in great order.
"The Australian Steeplechase is easier then the Grand Annual and I think Bit Of A Lad will like the 3900 metres of Sunday's race better then the 5500 of the Annual."
Jackson's other rides are Diamond Star Halo in a restricted hurdle and Runaway lines up in the Australian Hurdle for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Warrnambool trainers Peter Chow and Patrick Ryan have runners in the Australian Hurdle. Robbie's Star runs for Chow while Woodsman is Ryan's representative in the 3900-metre hurdle.
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