Tuesday, 3 July 2012
: Booming will go for a deserved spell after contesting the Group 3 Queen's Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday where trainer Jeff Lynds is hopeful his lengthy campaign can culminate in an elusive win.
Saturday's 3200m staying test will be Booming's final run of a lengthy preparation which commenced at the start of the season during the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings last August.
Having not won since claiming the Group 1 Thorndon Mile in January 2011, Booming
appears to get his best chance of breaking a lengthy winning drought this campaign at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Booming goes into the $150,000 Group 3 Queen's Cup (3200m) off an encouraging second behind fellow kiwi raider Ginga Dude
at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago in the Tatt's Cup (2200m).
The rising eight-year-old is expected to appreciate the distance rise this weekend where the Don Eduardo gelding has previously put in two solid displays when contesting the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).
Booming ran fourth during this years Auckland Cup in March and also finished second when contesting the 2010 renewal.
“He is quite a capable staying horse and he is very well at present,” Lynds said.
Booming will carry 59kg in the event where he meets a number of rivals whom he comfortably accounted for last start.
Another positive is the booking of Chris Munce who will partner the gelding for the first time.
The main concern amongst connections is how Booming will handle the 3200m after missing a couple of planned starts during the Winter Carnival due to rain affected ground.
Booming was scratched from the Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) and was also nominated for last weeks Caloundra Cup (2400m) which subsequently won by Shenzhou Steeds
on a Heavy 10.
“He needs a firm surface,” Lynds said.
“We've had to compromise his campaign because of all of the wet tracks. He needs a bit of racing but he should go into this one alright.”
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