Bletchingly Stakes Option For Jukebox

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Trainer is planning to accept with Jukebox in the before making a call whether the colt takes his place in what looms as a strong edition of the weight-for-age sprint.

Jukebox returned to racing in the Group Three Monash Stakes (1100m) at last Saturday week for his first start since having a bone chip removed after his spring campaign.

The three-year-old colt finished third in the Monash after settling second last in the seven-horse field but he could not match the finishing sprint of well-performed Voodoo Lad, who came from last to win.

Jukebox is among 13 nominations for Saturday's Group Three Bletchingly (1200m) which include Group One winners and , while Voodoo Lad is also expected to be one of the headline runners.

“He'll improve off his run the other day,” Maher said.

“It think it will be a reasonably strong race by the looks of it but he's in good order and he'll improve off his first run, up to the 1200.

“We'll accept and have a look.”

Maher said he was happy enough with Jukebox's Monash performance given the sprinter had had plenty of time between races.

“It was a bit of a tactical race,” he said.

“Craig (Williams) had to make a decision whether he went forward or sat behind the three or four horses who had speed inside him.

“He made the choice to ride him conservatively.

“He had to make a decision one way or the other, and I was happy with the run.”

The Bletchingly Stakes is the final Group race of the season in Melbourne with Saturday's program the final city meeting for 2017/18.

is expected to head to for the Listed (1050m) instead of running in the Bletchingly.

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