Bollywood Blitz Resuming in Bid for September Glory
Craig Wright believes race fitness could be the test for Bollywood Blitz at his return, for a shot at the Coolgardie Cup, in Sunday’s (tomorrow’s) Mayoral Cup (1400m) at Kalgoorlie.
The Goldfield’s trainer saddles the short-priced fancy and Slick Mover in the 1400m 70-plus handicap feature.
Bollywood Blitz, as the highest rated horse (85) in the Cup, will carry the biggest weight of his 26-start career on 61.5kg.
The out-of-form General Groove (83), who is searching to break a 1006-day losing streak, is the next highest weighted runner on 60.5kg.
Bollywood Blitz has won four (one at Kalgoorlie and three at Ascot) of his past six starts.
The six-year-old has won once at his three starts while fresh and two of his seven wins have been at 1400m.
Leading Perth jockey Shaun O’Donnell rode Bollywood Blitz at an 1100m trial at Kalgoorlie last Sunday. He beat comeback galloper Black Moment by a comfortable 2 ¼ lengths in 1 minute 6.41secs.
That was Bollywood Blitz’s first public hit-out since posting a ¾ length win, carrying 58kg, over 1600m at Ascot on April 22.
“Shaun was pretty happy with his trial and expects him to be spot on second or third up,” Wright said.
“I expect he will need the run, but he shouldn’t be too far off.
“He’s led and won over 1400m, but I have found now that he is a better chaser.
“I am looking for him to get cover and go to sleep, but he can fire-up and am hoping that does not happen, as we could be looking at stepping him up in the distances over the Kalgoorlie round.”
Wright said Bollywood Blitz’s immediate target was the $100,000 Hahn Electrical Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on September 3.
But the Tabtouch Hannan’s Handicap (1400m), on September 20, the Statewide Group Boulder Cup (2100m) on September 17, and XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on September 24, were also on the agenda.
Wright inherited Bollywood Blitz from trainer Sean Casey and he has recorded five wins and three places for the New Zealand-born trainer.
The furthest he has finished behind the winner was seventh over 1400m at Ascot on April 15, when running 1¾ lengths adrift of Settlers Creek.
“He has been a bit of a surprise horse,” Wright said. “I actually got him through Sean, Neville Parnham (trainer)and Mark Sestich (Parnham’s foreman) suggesting to the owners that he should be brought up here.
“He sustained a long campaign last time and was backed up twice in seven days, which showed how tough he is.
“His form has been hard to fault and he won at Ascot over 1800m, which showed he might stretch out to 2000m.
“He also won first up over 1400m.
“The Coolgardie Cup looks the ideal race for him, but the Hannan’s is also in mind.
“I will see how he pulls up from the Coolgardie Cup and then talk to his owners on what will be our next step.”
Wright believes Slick Mover is a solid back up to Bollywood Blitz.
Slick Mover won at his past two starts over 1400m at Kalgoorlie, before backing up and finishing 11th in a 1400m graduation at Belmont Park on July 22.
He carried 59kg and 58.5kg at his two impressive Kalgoorlie wins last month and the four-year-old drops to 54kg in the Mayoral Cup as compensation for his rise in class.
“He is a progressive horse and I think there is a nice race at some stage for him,” Wright said.
“He led and won a 1400m maiden at Ascot in May. We then dropped him back and rode him patiently and he was impressive.
“His last start at Belmont was a forgive me run because he struck a soft track and was caught five deep.
“He has a nice weight pull and I expect him to be competitive.”
Wright, who was promoted to assistant Kalgoorlie track manager recently, will saddle the former Parnham-trained Vonus in the Boulder Parts and Towing Handicap (1200m).
Vonus has won twice and been placed second at his three starts for Wright in Kalgoorlie.
He jumped awkwardly before flashing home to finish a head second to Raczynski over 1100m on July 23.
Vonus meets Raczynski a kilo better on equal weights on 57.5kg on Sunday.
Natasha Faithful retains the ride on the six-year-old who jumps from barrier seven.
“The weights are in his favour against Raczynski this time,” Wright said. “He was unlucky not to have won at all three of his starts because he slipped at the start last time and finished fast to just go down.
“I think the 1200m is going to be more to his favour than Raczynski too.
“But the top-weight Master Winks (60.5kg) is also going to be hard to beat.”
Wright, who is equal third on the Kalgoorlie trainers’ premiership with Raczynski’s trainer Helen Harding on eight wins, has a busy day, also saddling
Kooltatt (Race 1), Invincible Mode (R3) and Butterfly Kiss (Wright’s second string to Vonus).
“Butterfly Kiss won a 68-plus race last preparation and we paid the penalty with her jumping up the ratings points,” Wright said. “She is going along super, but I really would have liked to have an apprentice on board and used their claim to reduce her weight.
“But there are no claiming apprentices riding here on Sunday.
“Invincible Mode showed a lot of ability early and we have had a few issues with him to iron out.
“I expect him to be competitive.
“Kooltatt is having her first start for me and she is dropping back 200m from 1600m, where she ran fifth here a fortnight ago.
“She should run a nice race and be thereabouts.”