Ja Ja Binks impresses Bosson

Ja Ja Binks (Opie Bosson) storming home to win at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Ja Ja Binks (Opie Bosson) storming home to win at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Opie Bosson was quick to give Ja Ja Binks the big thumb up after her impressive win at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Bosson, the star jockey of Derby day, had ridden Ja Ja Binks once previously, when guiding her to maiden victory over 1215 metres at Rotorua last December and he noticed the vast improvement in the four-year-old daughter of Falkirk.

Since that maiden win, Ja Ja Binks has raced three times for two wins and a fourth. Her second win came on Karaka Million evening when she charged home to score over 1200 metres.

She again faced 1200 last Saturday and was even more impressive.

She settled in the last few and was still then approaching the home turn. Angled to the outside by Bosson, she unleased a huge finish to win by a head from the John Bell-trained Julius, who looked to have the race safely won with less than 100 metres to run.

“They were really flying up front,” said Bosson. “She’s a good mare and she’s got a great turn of foot.”

Ja Ja Binks is raced by her Cambridge trainers, Emma-Lee and David Browne, and has not finished further back than fourth in five starts.

“David galloped her the other day and said ‘I don’t want to say this, but she feels like she has improved,” said Emma-Lee Browne.

“She bounced through her (Karaka Million night) run, but obviously we were worried about the step up in grade. It was quite a strong step up against the older-season horses.”

The Brownes need not to have worried as Ja Binks showed she is capable of climbing much further through the grades.