Natalie Jarvis saddles-up a host of bright chances none better than Dragons Breath

Hulking gelding Dragons Breath hasn’t done much wrong in his short career but rest assured, he hasn’t done anything better than what he produced at home at Moruya 17-days ago.

The Natalie Jarvis trained bay was a narrow by ultimately dominant winner of his 1200m maiden despite the dual inhibitors of a big weight and a heavy track.

Dragons Breath will be one of up to ten runners for Jarvis at Moruya on Monday when he tackles the Smokey Dan’s Class 1 Handicap (1200m).

‘’This prep has been excellent with him,’’ Jarvis says. “He has taken a long time to mature but he is getting better now as he has got older. He has developed into a really strong solid horse and he is still just getting it together mentally even now.

‘’It’s obviously hard stepping up from maiden grade though but we think he should go well.

‘’It is likely this will be his last start for the prep, we don’t want to overdo it while he is still growing and getting it all together.’’

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Dragons Breath is a well bred gelding being by Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond winner Sepoy out of a mare by Kentucky Derby hero Big Brown.

That said, he can’t match his stablemate Kattegat in the pedigree department – then again, few horses could.

Bred by Sheikh Mohammed, Kattegat is a half-brother to Godolphin’s crack colt Hanseatic and a close relation to the unbeaten Black Caviar.

More importantly for punters, Kattegat is himself unbeaten in two starts at Moruya, one of them at the same distance as Monday’s Ice Cream Cafe Benchmark 74 Handicap (1010m).

“It’s a strong race for a country race being such a high benchmark but he is coming back from Highway grade. I don’t think the barrier is going to be a big problem for a him because he prefers not to be crowded,’’ Jarvis said.

Kayla Nisbet meanwhile has the plum ride on Jarvis’ honest and versatile mare Boom And Zoom when she contests the Red Rose Cafe Handicap (1425m).

A daughter of Spirit Of Boom, Boom And Zoom was able to stretch herself to 1800m last preparation finishing a close third in a TAB Highway at Royal Randwick.

Boom And Zoom sent out some positive signs that a win was imminent when she clocked in fourth in a Class 3 at Nowra on June 17.

‘’We were really happy with her run at Nowra. She is just a really consistent, reliable horse who always tries hard,’’ Jarvis said.

“She has a bigger gap than normal from Nowra to this race and she’s really fresh and ready to go on Monday.

‘’We are going to take her back to a Highway this prep and have another go with her.’’

One other horse that Jarvis is eager to see in action on Monday is soon to be three-year-old, Real Salty who was bred by famed industry figure, Bob Lappointe.

The daughter of Japan’s George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact was tipped out after finishing slightly worse than midfield in the 2021 Black Opal Preview.

Originally published asBig day ahead at Moruya for Jarvis on Monday

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