Double Strike From Novice Jumpers

The Cambridge duo of Real Treasure and Marvon Downs opened their jumping accounts at Ellerslie on Queen’s Birthday Monday, with the latter giving Gary Alton a double for the meeting.

He enjoyed success on Saturday with Biologist and yesterday he also cheered home his stablemate from Brisbane where he is based with Historian and Rockwell.

Marvon Downs hadn’t raced since the spring and a fine training performance saw him finish dourly over the closing stages to land the maiden steeplechase at Ellerslie.

Meanwhile, trainer Ann Browne is keen for Real Treasure to mix jumping and flat racing following his success in the maiden hurdle.

“He had two hurdle races last year for two fourths after he got jammed in on the rails,” she said. “He’s a really good jumper, but I might give him another race or two on the flat now.”

Real Treasure measured his fences well throughout and was too good on the run in after challenging for the lead at the final flight.

“He’s got that ability on the flat and he’s still learning, he was a little bit weak last year,” rider Shaun Phelan said.

Browne also produced Raisafuasho to win the amateur riders’ event in the hands of fellow trainer Jacob McKay.

A good day for Cambridge stables was completed by Ralph Manning’s Nancylee, who downed the Rating 75 milers.

“She tracked up nicely and got to the best part of the track and she kicked really well,” rider Matt Cameron said.