It was great to see two-year-old Navy Jack claim his first success at Sandown on Wednesday (20th September), as the colt won by a length and a quarter in the Novice Stakes over seven furlongs.
With four runs now under this juvenile’s belt, we were pleased to see he has continued to progress from his frame finish at Sandown earlier in the season, where he landed second place. This particular track and the softer ground clearly suit him well, which was nicely presented in this debut winning showcase.
This horse is always one to break sharply from the stalls and was nicely away here to establish early contention and settle behind the front runners. He is a pacey and agile colt but can take a keen hold, so seeking cover whilst balancing momentum is fundamental to his racing strategy. Making strides for home, with Rossa Ryan in the saddle, he was well positioned before running into closing stages where he picked up the pace to steal lengths from the rest of the field. We were delighted to see him finish in front and this progress and further education puts him in great stead for his next outing. A fantastic result for his winning owner, Jason Goddard.