TRACK favourite Jakcorijim will go straight into next month's $100,000 Devonport Cup after giving his rivals a galloping lesson in yesterday's Sheffield Cup.
``I couldn't be happier with him, I was very impressed with his effort today and I think if he draws well in the Devonport Cup he will be hard to beat,'' trainer Glenn Stevenson said.
Jakcorijim carried topweight and it was the third leg of a winning treble for premier jockey Brendon McCoull.
McCoull later gave a commitment to ride Jakcorijim in the Devonport Cup, which will be run on January 8.
``It's good to have Brendon on board and he said he was `happy as Larry' to be riding him in the Devonport Cup,'' Stevenson said.
Stevenson said Jakcorijim was likely to we weighted on 59 kilograms for the Devonport Cup, which was the same weight he carried yesterday.
``I wouldn't mind if a couple of interstaters came across and maybe pushed his rating down a little bit,'' he said.
Jakcorijim ran third in this year's Devonport Cup behind Fieldmaster and Lightly Spiced, and Stevenson doesn't expect next month's race to have the same quality.
Yesterday, McCoull was content to sit a little worse than midfield on Jakcorijim as early leaders Overproof and Makes Cents set a cracking pace.
``One of his owners said to me mid-race that he was too far back, but I was happy as he was getting a sweet run on the bridle,'' the trainer said.
On the line Jakcorijim ($4.20) had a length to spare over Royal Rapture ($2.60 favourite), with Red Eagle ($21.50) a distant third.
The win extends Jakcorijim's wonderful record on his home track, where he has now had 13 starts for six wins and seven minor placings.
Jakcorijim will go into the Devonport Cup as race favourite and if he wins he will give McCoull his fourth victory in the North-West Coast's biggest race.
After waiting 11 years to win his first, McCoull has since saluted the judge on Bay Ritz (2006), Lunardi (2008) and Dream Flyer (2012).
McCoull's other winners at Spreyton were favourite Maglia Rose for trainer John Blacker and the Mark Ganderton-prepared Gotta Have Faith.