Can Jumbo Ozaki live up to his pre-spring hype?

After failing to win at Sandown as an even-money favourite Justin Darcy asks the question: what's next for Jumbo Ozaki?
Where To Next For Jumbo Ozaki
Questions are now being raised as Jumbo Ozaki (inside) was beaten again as favourite today
Jumbo Ozaki was again beaten as a favourite at Sandown on Wednesday as questions begin to mount on the Phillip Stokes-trained gelding. 

Jumping at $2 with online bookmakers, popular galloper box seated for the entirety of the event in what was a slowly run race and looked to be travelling comfortably throughout the race.

Coming to the turn, rider John Allen sat quietly as he peeled to the middle part of the track to produce his trademark sprint, but the second favourite and long-time leader Rox The Castle had enough of a lead in hand to hold out Jumbo Ozaki. 

Rox The Castle paid $4.50 with online bookmaker BetEasy.

The hype about this galloper before his first-up run at Flemington was relentless, but he still has time to reach a level that most think he can with the whole spring ahead of him. 

Another benchmark 78 looks a likely third-up target for the son of Unencumbered, but the mile journey looks to be his best trip as he looked to be attacking the line strongly. 

The good news for Phillip Stokes is that that Jumbo Ozaki was beaten by a quality galloper.

Rox The Castle took in strong form into Thursday's race after finishing second to Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes hopeful Age Of Chivalry back on August 17. Age Of Chivalry went on to record a strong victory at Caulfield in the final event on Memsie Stakes Day.

There's plenty of time for Jumbo Ozaki to find his feet, but after his boom debut punters will be scratching their heads as to where the real Jumbo is.

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