Long Jack Gets Derby Shot With Geelong Win

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Long Jack

A better-behaved Long Jack has stamped his claims for a tilt at the with a strong staying performance to win the .

Murray Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman, won the Geelong Classic two years ago with With You who went on to finish eighth behind in the Derby at at his next start.

Ridden by , Long Jack ($6) scored a half-length win from the $3.30 equal favourite Southern Moon with the co-favourite a length away third.

Baker praised the ride of Lane who weaved a passage through the pack to win the Listed race over 2200m.

However Baker and Forsman will need a new for Long Jack in the Derby at Flemington on November 2 with Lane sidelined through courtesy of his winning ride on Mer De Glace.

Baker said Long Jack was more settled on course on Wednesday after proving hard to saddle at Flemington when sixth on October 5.

“We had a real colt on our hands last start,” Baker said.

“We had to resaddle him twice, he was out of his tree so we swapped the gear around on him for today.

“He'll be in the Derby. We think he's a good horse and can stay but whether he's three or four months away, we'll find out.”

Lane said he had noticed a change in Long Jack's demeanour on the training track since blinkers had been applied.

He said Long Jack also presented in the mounting yard a lot better which allowed him to conserve energy while adding the colt will a Derby contender.

“Unfortunately I'll be watching on the sidelines, but he'll go there in good order and there's no reason why he can't run well,” Lane said.

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