BALLARAT pacer Decorated Jasper’s late career heroics continued on Wednesday night when the 10-year-old gelding saluted in the Coca-Cola Amatil Cup at Bray Raceway.
Decorated Jasper put his recent poor record at his home track behind him, edging out Melpark Major in the $15,000 feature over 2200m.
Part owner Paul Rowse described the evergreen as “as good as any time in his career”.
“That’s back-to-back for the horse because it won the Casey Classic at Tabcorp Park on the previous Saturday night,” Rowse said.
“It’s a good time of the year to be in form.
“He had to work for the lead from barrier six, which left his main rival Melpark Major to sit outside him.
“He led virtually from the start and those two kicked clear at the 400m mark.”
It was Decorated Jasper’s 28th career win, taking his prizemoney earnings to more than $400,000. He will race again in the Horsham Cup, which is scheduled for Sunday week.
He finished second in that race last year before winning the Bendigo Cup the following week.
“He’s following a similar path to last year,” Rowse explained.
“His form is better than this time last year. He is probably in his last year of racing but his form is as good as any time during his career.”