Wright ready to blitz Goldrush
Craig Wright is confident Bollywood Blitz is fully primed in the ramp up to an assault on next Sunday week’s $100,000 Hahn Electric Coolgardie Cup (1760m).
The leading Goldfields’ trainer will put Bollywood Blitz to his final test for a start in the Coolgardie Cup in Sunday’s Palace Hotel Goldrush (1600m) at Kalgoorlie.
Wright has booked apprentice Fred Kersley jr. to alleviate the gelding’s big impost on 63kg in the 70-plus handicap.
Kersley’s two kilo claim will reduce Bollywood Blitz’s weight to 61kg – a half kilo less than he carried to a big first-up win over 1400m at the same track a fortnight ago.
Natasha Faithfull rode Bollywood Blitz to his blazing half-length win over the fast-finishing Special Delivery in the handicap.
Unfortunately Faithfull, who missed the winning ride on stable-mate Vonus, will be absent from next month’s Round because of injuries she received in a fall from Kooltatt in the first race at Kalgoorlie last Sunday.
Faithfull tore muscles to her stomach and suffered a fractured ankle when Kooltatt snapped her near fore fetlock at the 400m. The mare had to be euthanased.
“It was a nasty fall but fortunately she came out of it in one piece,” Wright said.
“She was very, very lucky it was a small field and the other runners were able to avoid her.
“She is still in a bit of pain, but she is in high spirits.”
Wright had contemplated bringing Bollywood Blitz to race at Belmont Park today (Saturday) in the Leading Apprentice 2016-17 Handicap (1650m), but decided to stay home and avoid a rain-affected track.
“There was too much risk involved,” Wright said. “He has raced four times on a soft track and did nothing.
“Special Delivery goes up a half kilo for his second (59kg) and with young Fred’s claim we actually meet him a kilo better this time.”
Bollywood Blitz strikes a small field of seven at home, including stable-mate Yoshi Noxious, who Wright rates as one of the main dangers.
“Bollywood Blitz is really adaptable and I will leave it to Freddie to ride his own race,” Wright said.
“The rail is out to nine metres and we have not raced on that pad this season.
“I can’t fault Bollywood Blitz and he seems to be right on target for the Coolgardie Cup.
“Yoshi Noxious ran second in the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) and has won twice over 1400m.
“His full-sister Fathnoxious won eight races up to 1800m and his half-brother Decoy Noxious won his maiden over 1600m.
“I think the 1600m is within his range and this is the perfect race for him.
“He is pretty talented and we will see if we can get him up for races over The Round.”
Ace jockey Daniel Staeck, who rode Yoshi Noxious to a win over 1400m at Kalgoorlie at his penultimate start, is back on board.
Special Delivery was ridden by Staeck when having his first start for trainer Mark Bairstow, powering home from eighth on the turn to finish on the heels of Bollywood Blitz last start.
The son of Testa Rossa won the 2015 York Cup (1500m) as an odds-on favourite, when trained by Grant Williams, before finishing a good eighth to Good Project in the 2015 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Bairstow bought Special Delivery at the dispersal sale of Bob and Sandra Peters for $15,000 at the Magic Millions racehorse sale at Belmont in June.
Peter Knuckey will travel up from Perth to Kalgoorlie to ride Special Delivery.
Knuckey rode a treble at Kalgoorlie at his initial venture to the Goldfields’ this year on June 11. He was winless at his last trip from seven rides last month.
Knuckey has a full book of six rides at the meeting, including three rides for Bairstow on Illusion Of Light (Race 3), Daisy Express (R5) and Portonian (R6).
Bollywood Blitz is owned by Goldfields’ lawyer Bill McKenzie, high school friend Peter Douglas, Colin McKenzie, Brendan Hardy and Gavin Gilmore. He has won six times and been placed on three occasions from 11 starts, since Wright took over his preparation a year ago.
Wright rates his only other starter Slick Mover a good chance of winning in the Frank Turich Memorial (1400m), despite his awkward draw in the widest gate in 11.
Slick Mover drops down in class to a 58-plus handicap on his strong 1 ¼ length third to Bollywood Blitz in a 70-plus handicap.
Staeck, who leads the Kalgoorlie jockeys’ title, replaces apprentice Kate Witten on the four-year-old.
“My biggest concern is the gate,” Wright said. “I was really happy with his last run and he drops back to a 58-plus race.
“If he had drawn a gate he would be a short-priced favourite.
“Daniel (Staeck) has won on him and he knows him well.”
Ryan Hill, who rode a treble at Kalgoorlie last Sunday, rides the So Secret mare Carob, who has drawn perfectly in three to claim a hat-trick of wins.
There are only six races at Kalgoorlie on Sunday after the 1300m all-aged maiden was deleted because of a dearth of entries.