Kennel Change For Star Stayer Good Juan

POWERHOUSE staying star Good Juan has been transferred to Victoria and will do his future racing under the care of Lara trainer Darren Fisher.

Adam Dobbin

15 August 2020

POWERHOUSE stayer Good Juan has been transferred to Victoria and will do his future racing under the care of Lara trainer Darren Fisher.

Winner at Wentworth Park last start in a career best 41.96, trainer Harry Sarkis was forced to scratch Good Juan from Thursday night’s NSW National Distance Championship (720m) where he was set to go around a red hot favourite from box one.

“His last run at Wenty really cooked him … they had the heaters in the kennels to high and it knocked him around – I’m not happy at all about it,” Sarkis said.

“I had to pull him out the other night to do the right thing by the dog.

“I got a call during the week to say that he was going to Melbourne. I’m obviously disappointed to be losing the dog but there’s been no falling out or anything. Life goes on … there’s no point kicking stones.”

Sarkis had signalled the Sydney Cup during the Million Dollar Chase carnival as Good Juan’s prime target.

“The Sydney Cup is worth $100,000 and is only five or six weeks away,” Sarkis said.

“I’ve got no doubt I could have won the race with the dog. But as I said we’ll just move on and see what happens from here. At the end of the day it’s the owners’ dog and their decision and there’s not much I can do.”

It was only two weeks ago that Good Juan rattled the clock with an electrifying 41.96 Wentworth Park victory over the 720 metres, win 10 of his 24 start career.

And while the gifted chaser’s staying exploits are something to behold, it was his mind-boggling last-to-first Wentworth Park sprint victory in June that really put him on the map.

Back in February, Good Juan’s owners, including Linda Edgerton, purchased the prodigious talent for a cool $120,000.

Good Juan’s move to Victoria continues the exodus of quality New South Wales stayers to head south.

At The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, NSW-owned stayers Motor City Tiger, Sunset Bourbski and Look Fancy Nancy face off in an absorbing 725 metre clash.