Turner’s Belmont Confidence


Jordan Turner has a high degree of confidence heading into tomorrow’s Belmont Park meeting.

With mounts on I Am Incredible, Rebel King, Disruptive, Reykjavik, Ragnar’s Saga and Fontainebleau, Turner believes he could be set for a good day in the saddle.

Turner is keen to get back to Saturday success and relaunch his career back home after recently returning from an injury-riddled stint in Melbourne.

Turner rode Reykjavik to a mid-week victory at Belmont last month before copping a short stint on the sidelines for careless riding.

Turner launches his Belmont card on I Am Incredible in the Tabtouch Handicap (1000m).

The Neville Parnham-trained gelding is on the quick back-up and should relish a drop in grade after running into smart galloper Ambiente last week, finishing 2 ½ lengths fourth.

The four-year-old carries 59kg with Turner’s claim and starts from an awkward barrier, but still commands respect from punters, sitting on the third line of TAB betting ($4.40).

“I think this is a suitable race for him and he is definitely a winning chance,” Turner told Tabradio.

Turner reunites with Rebel King, a horse he previously had a good relationship with, posting one win and four placings from his nine starts on the Darren McAuliffe-trained galloper.

Rebel King races second up in the Grant Thornton Handicap (1200m) after a solid third behind War God in the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m), just peaking on his run.

Rebel King lumps 60.5kg, but has the class to overcome his seven rivals.

“I’ve had a bit of luck with him in the past and I know him well which always helps,” Turner said.

“He’s a pretty honest horse and is heading in the right path.

“His run last start was nothing to forget.”

Trainer Lindsey Smith has added the blinkers to speedster, Disruptive, who has drawn ideally in barrier one in the Heineken 3 Handicap (1200m).

The Reset gelding won two in a row and looks better suited dropping back in distance after weakening to run third to Rockon Tommy over 1400m last-start.

“We have drawn a nice gate and probably are going to hold up from a nice spot,” Turner said.

“As long as he settles he should get a good run and be in the finish for sure.”

Turner proved the key on Reykjavik mid-week three weeks ago and although the colt faces a tougher task in the Seacorp Handicap (1400m) and has drawn awkwardly, Turner does not dismiss his chances.

“It’s a lot more of a stronger field, but I think the horse is in form and only needs to reproduce his last run,” Turner aid.

Turner believes Ragnar’s Saga’s first-up fifth behind Ambiente was far better than what it appears.

He expects the Lonhro gelding to improve in the Mrs Mac Handicap (1200m).

“I think the run would have benefitted him and he goes well second-up,” Turner said.

“If he can produce his turn of foot he can win the race.”

Turner believes Fontainebleau can upset hot favourite Tellem We’re Comin in the PSC Insurance Handicap (1600m).

Turner said his mare should have finished closer than eighth to Tell We’re Comin when they clashed two weeks ago.

“I really liked this horses run and I know she is a big price, but she is one of my better rides for the day,” Turner said.

“I’m confident with the right run she will be in the finish.”

Julio Santarelli