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Jumbo Connections Switch Stables
Trainer Phillip Stokes has had potential-laden 4YO gelding Jumbo Ozaki (Unencumbered-Zattica, by Commands) removed from his stable and sent to Danny O'Brien, trainer of last week's Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare and Gr1 Kennedy Oaks winner Miami Bound. According to punters.com, Stokes was as shocked as anyone at the move, saying, "I'm not sure what was behind the decision to be honest." Lightly raced Jumbo Ozaki has never finished out of the money from a half-dozen starts. After creating a huge impression with a 7-length debut win, a second-up victory has been followed by four placings, three of them when starting at odds-on. In his past two he was beaten less than a length, and has been somewhat luckless on each occasion.