Symons eyes Gold Rush riches

TALENTED galloper Jarklin is already popular in the Symons household.

The two-year-old gelding has shown plenty of promise in four starts, winning once and placing twice for career earnings of more than $75,000.

Rod Symons bred and trains Jarklin and the horse is raced by Rod's wife and daughter.

The horse has already funded a family trip to the United States.

Should Jarklin win Saturday's $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo, the trip to the US might become a round the world expedition.

Symons eyes big payday on home track

"The horse was going to have a break, but the lure of racing for $280,000 in our own backyard got the better of me,'' Symons said.

"The horse had a week in the paddock and he's come back in nicely."

Jarklin hasn't raced for five weeks.

The son of King Of Prussia ran third on debut behind the smart Eloping, who he is likely to meet again this Saturday.

Jarklin broke his maiden status in fine style at Cranbourne before running second to Nostradamus at Flemington.

At Caulfield on February 1, Jarklin ran seventh to Nayeli before Symons gave the gelding a freshen up.

"At his last start he didn't travel down to Melbourne that well and he raced below par,'' Symons said.

"He needed a break and it's done him the world of good."

Jarklin continues a family tradition for the Symons'.

Jarklin's mother Nandaly was bred by Rod's father George.

Nandaly has had five foals to race, including Jarklin's full brother Turiff.

"Jarklin is not a terrific trackworker, but he's all racehorse,'' Symons said.

"Turiff showed more than Jarklin on the track, but Jarklin is performing better at the races.

"Three weeks after this race there's another VOBIS Gold race at Flemington, so we might have a look at that as well for Jarklin."

The VOBIS Gold Rush is one of the highlights of Saturday's Yalumba Golden Mile Raceday at the BJC.

Final fields for the meeting will be released on Wednesday morning.

Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco heads the weights for the $150,000 Yalumba Golden Mile (1600m).

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