Bowman rates Ja Ja Binks

Ja Ja Binks takes her record to two wins from four starts when winning in the hands of Hugh Bowman at Ellerslie tonight.

Ja Ja Binks takes her record to two wins from four starts when winning in the hands of Hugh Bowman at Ellerslie tonight.

Top Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman was quick to label Cambridge mare Ja Ja Binks a horse with a bright future after starting tonight’s Karaka Million night at Ellerslie off in fine style.

“She’s still learning and when she does learn exactly what she’s doing she’s going to a classy mare,” said Bowman after he guided Ja Ja Binks to a half-length win in the Brighthill Yearlings 1200.

Ja Ja Binks had won one of her three previous starts and been placed fourth on the other occasions with the most recent of those placings behind Rube Bridges being a most unlucky run when held up over the final stages at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

“She was very unlucky last time and we thought this would be a good race for her,” said Emma-Lee Browne who bred, races and trains the daughter of Falkirk in partnership with her husband, David.

“To see her get up like that is pretty exciting.”

Bowman ensured Ja Ja Binks wasn’t going to be unlucky again tonight when taking her to the outside for her home-stretch bid.

He had settled the four-year-old second-last and angled her out early in the run home and from there Ja Ja Blinks wound up strongly down the outside to beat Princess Kereru in a thrilling finish.

“From her wide draw I rode her where she was comfortable and there was a nice bit of pressure up front which suited me,” said Bowman. “I thought she was going to win easier when I pulled her out, but she’s still learning.”

Ja Ja Binks is from Twisting, an Australian-bred daughter of Spinning World the Brownes borrowed from Emma-Lee’s uncle and aunty Wayne and Vicky Pike.