Bollywood likely to start in the Boulder Cup
Craig Wright is leaning towards starting Goldfields’ star Bollywood Blitz in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) Listed $100,000 Auslec Boulder Cup despite entering the unchartered waters of 2100m.
Bollywood Blitz yesterday also was among 23 entries for Wednesday’s $120,000 Tabtouch Hannan’s Handicap (1400m).
The nominations for the feature Kalgoorlie Round sprint is headlined by 2015 Toorak Handicap runner-up Disposition, who is top-weight on 59kg.
The entries also include last Saturday’s Farnley Stakes winner Miki Two Shoes, who was the only other horse among the nominations to be weighted above the 54kg minimum, on 56kg.
Bollywood Blitz, who will carry equal top-weight with Dark Alert on 59kg, in the Boulder Cup, was handicapped on the 54kg limit.
If Disposition is withdrawn before the Hannan’s acceptances close on Monday, the race will be re-handicapped.
This would see horses above an 88 rating raised two kilos. Miki Two Shoes would be the new top-weight on 58kg.
Bollywood Blitz scored the biggest win of his career with his brilliant defeat of Macavity and Someday One Day in the Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on September 3.
He received a two-kilo penalty for the win, with the minimum weight raised a half kilo to 54.5kg, in the Boulder Cup.
The six-year-old son of Natural Blitz has Chris Parnham to again ride and has drawn barrier six in the Boulder Cup at his first attempt over 2100m at his 29 starts.
He did win over 1800m as a $2.50 favourite at Ascot on October 15, last year.
Dark Alert also was an entry in the Hannan’s Handicap.
Yesterday Bollywood Blitz was the $5 second favourite behind Shinta Mani at $4.60 on Tabtouch in the Boulder Cup.
Wright said yesterday the original plan by connections was to aim at the Coolgardie and Boulder cups.
“The field of the Hannan’s Handicap looks pretty sharp at this stage,” the trainer said.
“He has indicated he will get the distance of the Boulder Cup, but under the handicap he has gone up a lot in weight.
“It is going to be a test.
“Because he is entered in a future race (run three days later) I don’t have to present the stewards with a veterinary certificate, if he is scratched from the Boulder Cup on the morning of the race.
“So we will wait and see.
“The owners had planned for him to run in the Coolgardie and Boulder cups and at this stage we are leaning that way.”
Co-trainers Daniel and Ben Pearce are chasing their first feature win since they combined forces at the start of the new season last month with Pushin’ Shapes.
Yesterday Pushin’ Shapes firmed from an opening quote at $7 into $6, on the strength of his barnstorming finish, from last to run fourth, beaten a length, in the Coolgardie Cup.
Pushin’ Shapes was set for the Coolgardie, Boulder and Kalgoorlie cups last autumn following his brilliant win in the Narrogin Cup (1900m) last April.
Regular rider Joseph Azzopardi rides the gelding again and he meets Bollywood Blitz two kilos better on his Coolgardie Cup fourth on 55kg.
Pushin’ Shapes races in the same yellow and black Maltese cross colours of Mr Diagnosis, who won the 2008 Boulder Cup for leading WA boutique breeders Neville and Sue Duncan.
Duncan has always believed Pushin’ Shapes would not truly shine until he was stretched out over ground from the start of his two-year-old days.
Ben Pearce won last year’s Boulder Cup with Don’t Get Caught and the Pearce boys have been on fire, preparing 14 winners in the first seven weeks of the 2017-18 season.
“Neville always insisted from his early days he would be at his best once he was stretched out to 2000m,” Daniel Pearce said.
“We have had a few hoof issues with him in the past which has cut short his campaigns.
“We have been really happy with all of his runs this preparation.
“He had two good runs in town to warm him up for the Coolgardie Cup.
“He drew wide (11) at a start where the barriers are critical and he hit the line better than anything.
“He handled the trip up there perfectly and has come through the run great.
“The Boulder and Kalgoorlie cups are his prime goals and we are confident from the style of his last run he will be right in the finish of both races.”
Pearce said he would return the Viscount five-year-old home to Karnup rather than leave him in town for next Sunday’s $130,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m).
“He is trained on the sand and has a big paddock at home,” Pearce said. “It would be a big change in environment to put him on the concourse at Kalgoorlie.”
Someday One Day spearheads leading Kalgoorlie trainer Peter Fernie’s three-pronged assault on the Boulder Cup.
Someday One Day gave an enormous performance when he was trapped three deep throughout to run third (beaten a len) in the Coolgardie Cup.
Someday One Day meets Bollywood Blitz two kilos better on 54.5kg.
He appears to be the forgotten horse of the Boulder Cup easing from $18 to $19 yesterday.
“He has just had no luck in running at his past four starts,” Fernie said. “I thought his run in the Coolgardie Cup was one of the best runs and I am hoping he can get a change of luck this time.”
Fernie will butter-up Inject The Venom ($26) in the Cup after his impressive win over 2200m at Kalgoorlie last Sunday.
Fernie trained the quinella with Black Moment finishing 2 ½ lengths adrift of his stablemate.
Top Perth jockey Brad Parnham is booked to ride.
“It was a really good win, but the time of the race was not flash and he goes up a lot in quality.
“He has drawn a good gate (2) and he is one of those horses who has taken time to mature and who I have had a bit of an opinion of.”
Fernie’s other runner is the $126 chance On The Ropes, being partnered by new rider Jerry Noske.
Trainer Adam Durrant, who renewed his trainer’s license this season after a year on sabbatical, is searching for his third win in the Cup, saddling The Forgotten One ($6).
William Pike rode The Forgotten One in a 1450m trial at Lark Hill last Monday, after he ran sixth to the Kalgoorlie Cup nominal favourite Danehill’s Daughter over 2000m at Belmont Park on September 2.
The Forgotten One wore his race-day blinkers when Pike settled the gelding at the back end of the field, before finishing over the top of the tiring leaders for a strong longneck win.
Durrant, who won the Cup with Reverend Lovejoy in 2009 and 2011, has booked reigning Cup champion Peter Hall to ride. Hall rode Reverend Lovejoy at both of his wins, Don’t Get Caught last year and Opening Twist to win the 2001 edition.
Multiple-premiership winning Pike is chasing his first win in the Cup on Shinta Mani.
Pike scored a heady front-running win on Balf’s Choice in the Listed Balaclava Cup (1600m) in a hit-and-run raid on South Australia on Wednesday.
Shinta Mani has been in great form and makes her first trip to Kalgoorlie, following her solid second to Danehill’s Daughter over 2000m at Belmont last start.
The six-year-old mare drops a kilo to the limit on 54.5kg. She is the only mare in the 13-horse field.
She is part-owned by new Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club chairman Mark Brennan and Perth Racing chairman Neil Pinner.
Trainer Sharon Miller has an outstanding record at The Round, winning three Hannan’s Handicaps with Sireeze (2014), Wire Detonator (2005) and Ellicorsam (2004) and two Kalgoorlie Cups with Proconteur (1999) and Powerful Prince (1996).
Eight-year-old Respondent was blocked for a clear run all the way down the straight, before finishing a 2.5 length eighth in the Coolgardie Cup.
Leading Kalgoorlie jockey Daniel Staeck rides the gelding for trainer Fred Kersley. He is a $10 chance with Broome Cup winner Gloryland, who held on to finish fifth (beaten a len) after leading in the Coolgardie Cup, tomorrow.
Kersley has won the Cup twice with Mr Diagnosis and Ask Me Nicely (2015) while Staeck is chasing his first win in the feature.
Macavity meets Bollywood Blitz two kilos better on 54.5kg tomorrow on finished ¾ of length behind the winner in the Coolgardie Cup.
Macavity has been placed once (second) at his five starts beyond 2000m.
Trainer Dan Morton has won the Boulder Cup twice with Belora (2012) and Red Blast (2014).
Shaun O’Donnell, who won the Cup on Ask Me Nicely, keeps the ride.