Tough on the bog!

Aug 16, 2013

Having just his third start, the promising West Of The Jordan was impressive breaking his maiden at Ballarat on Thursday.

Despite striking heavy conditions for the first time - and it was a particularly demanding track - West Of The Jordan travelled sweetly back on the rails for Dean Yendall.

Saving ground turning and taking a split, West Of The Jordan headed back to the fence on the straight and was soon clear - holding on to a very smart 2¼ length margin.

Slowly away when 11th at debut over 1524m at Mornington last month, the son of Rock Of Gibraltar displayed encouraing second up improvement when finishing on well from last to finish fifth over 1900m at Geelong.

Appreciating the step up to 2300m on Thursday, West Of The Jordan stamped himself a stayer worth following.

"He was very strong to the line," said Yendall, adding that "on a bottomless track he was pretty tough."

Raced by Michael, Susan, Anna, Christopher & Eilzabeth Mcmahon, James Kirby and Michael Kent, the $70,000 Easter Sale purchase is out of the stakes placed Shalang.

Due to foal soon to So You Think, Shalang is a half-sister to the dual Group One winner Shame, dam of the Group 3 winning stallion Demerit.