Jumpingjackmac (NZ) Earns Shot at Interdominions with Group Two Triumph

16 October 2023

Jumpingjackmac (NZ) (Mach Three) earned a shot at the Interdominions with his commanding victory in the A$100,000 Group Two James Brennan Memorial (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The NZB Standardbred graduate proved too tough for his rivals to catch in the feature event, surging to a front-running victory for trainer Gary Hall Snr and driver Gary Hall Jnr.

Jumpingjackmac was sold for $36,000 at the 2019 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale in Christchurch when offered by breeder-vendors Clark Barron and Eric Parr of the Miracle Lodge Syndicate.

The pacer impressed in his trials in New Zealand before heading to Western Australia to race with a group of owners in the Gary Hall Snr stable.

Now, Hall has the option of targeting the prestigious Group One Interdominion Pacing Final with Jumpingjackmac following his triumph in the James Brennan Memorial.

This feature event is one of the Golden Ticket races designated by Racing Queensland, offering automatic entry to the 2023 Brisbane Interdominion series for the winners.

Jumpingjackmac showed the staying prowess needed in an Interdominion challenge when running to a resounding victory in Friday night's feature.

The five-year-old surged forward early to fend off several challengers for the lead, before maintaining a strong pace throughout for driver Gary Hall Jnr.

The pacer surged forward early, holding out several challengers for the lead and setting a strong pace throughout for Gary Hall Jnr.

Jumpingjackmac's early effort didn't prevent him from delivering sharp closing sectionals, leading a dominant performance by New Zealand-bred pacers in the James Brennan Memorial.

The Group Two event’s field of 12 runners was made up of 10 New Zealand bred runners. Incredibly, those 10 horses filled the first 10 placings.

Jumpingjackmac wasn’t the only NZB Standardbred graduate to run to an impressive win at Gloucester Park for the Gary Hall Snr and Gary Hall Jnr combination on Friday night.

Mister Smartee (NZ) (Always B Miki) maintained his unbeaten record in Australia by defeating a high-quality field of three-year-olds at short odds.