No Jurisdiction powers to victory

No Jurisdiction secured his second victory at Betfair Park Sandown Lakeside this preparation in impressive fashion in the $70,000 Starcraft At Arrowfield Stud Handicap (1300m) yesterday.

In doing so, he gave trainer Danny O’Brien his second win for the day after At The Heads won the the $70,000 Rancher 0-72 Handicap (1300m) for three-year-olds.

Settling in fifth position one off the fence, No Jurisdiction travelled sweetly throughout for Danny Nikolic however when pacemaker Togni booted clear down the dip at the 300m, it appeared the grey galloper might struggle to pick up the leader.

No Jurisdiction then lengthened stride and overtook Togni inside the final 100m to record his fifth victory from 22 starts.

No Jurisdiction defeated Togni by a length and a quarter with Good Medicine a further short head away in third.

Trainer Danny O’Brien heaped praise on the efforts of Nikolic who according to him has been influential in the four-year-old's progress.

“He’s been a work in progress and Danny’s done a lot of work on this horse, he’s worked on him and taught him to relax,” O’Brien said.

“We had to over-do it the first couple of times to make sure he’d drop the bridle and come back and now he doesn’t have to get as far back because he’s learning how to drop the bridle and track into it.

“It’s really been the difference,” he added.

After finishing 1.2 lengths from Good Medicine last start at Moonee Valley, No Jurisdiction had a 2.5kg weight advantage yesterday.

“He was pretty well placed here today and he’s been unlucky at his past two and usually at Sandown – a big open track – you can make your own luck and it was a nice win,” O’Brien said.

“He’s had a very good prep and now we’re going to have a look at him over 2000m in a couple of weeks time and see if he can handle that and it might give us a couple more options if he can next prep.”

No Jurisdiction finished ninth in the Greys’ race over the Melbourne Cup carnival, but has since bounced back by finishing in the placings at his last four.

With a record of five wins and seven placings from 22 starts, No Jurisdiction has accumulated over $120,000 in prizemoney of which two-thirds has been won from his past six starts this prep.

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