Innes pleased to climb aboard Belltree

Jockey Leith Innes has a quality book of rides at Ellerslie on Saturday, including promising three-year-old Jason Belltree (NZ) (Ferlax) in the day’s feature, the Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m).

The Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley-trained son of Ferlax has won two of his three starts to date and was denied by a nose at Ellerslie two starts ago when beaten by Power On in a sit-and-sprint affair.

Innes rode the handsome colt for the first time when successful at Counties over 1200m last start.

“He’s a horse that is aiming towards the Derby (Gr.1,2400m),” Innes said.

“I rode him on Tuesday morning and his work was first-class.

“There are a couple of nice horses in there like Moana that will be hard to roll, but he is a great chance.

“He has had a race around Ellerslie before and he handled it well two starts ago, so I’m very happy to be riding him,” he said.

Jason Belltree is a solid second elect at $3.80 behind Moana, who has been backed into $2.50 with TAB bookmakers after opening at $3.80.

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