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Bold Thruster raring to go - EW Barker in his sights

Exciting three-year-old Bold Thruster gave another peek of his immense potential on Thursday morning after he careered away to an easy barrier trial win.

Bold Thruster raring to go - EW Barker in his sights

Exciting three-year-old Bold Thruster gave another peek of his immense potential on Thursday morning after he careered away to an easy barrier trial win.

Bold Thruster
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Though a fraction slow out of the gates, the son of Turffontein swiftly recovered the lost ground in a handful of strides before darting to the front and opening up to a commanding lead.


From thereon in, trainer Shane Baertschiger’s No 1 jockey John Powell only had to point him in the right direction, and what ensued was just a simple galloping exhibition.

The black sensation romped in by three lengths from Tannhauser (Vlad Duric) with Mr Clint (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) third another head away. The winning time was 1min 0.28secs for the 1000m.

“He jumped a little slow, but that was because he was fresh,” said Powell, who has, however, yet to win on him given the low weights he carried at his three wins.

“He was too good once he settled in front. I haven’t won on him yet, but I’m sure my turn will come.”

Bold Thruster Horseform has not raced since he brought up a three-in-a-row (aggregate margin of 14 lengths) on September 14, with all three wins in partnership with lightweight jockey Barend Vorster given Powell is a heavyweight rider.

Clearly stoked with the way his precious charge keeps progressing, Baertschiger said he had, however, not yet cast any race in stone as his next outing.

“He was again fresh, just like at his last barrier trial. That’s because it’s going to be five weeks between runs,” said the Australian handler.

“He was slow out of the gates, but quickly motored on the outside to take the lead. He won easily in the end and in good time.

“I need to discuss with the owner (Tivic Stable), but I’m still undecided between the Class 2 race over 1200m next Friday and the Class 3 race over 1200m next Sunday. They’re both suitable races.

“We may then run him in the EW Barker Trophy. The owner wants to test him over 1400m if he is to go for the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge next year.

“It’s a handicap race and he will be coming in at a low weight. It’s the only 1400m race that he can go for.”

The Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1400m) is to be run on November 9.

The Group 3 Garden City Trophy (1200m) next Sunday was also an option early doors, but Baertschiger has since canned those plans for Bold Thruster, but not for another trio.

One of them is his other impressive Thursday barrier trial winner, the evergreen Faaltless (eight-year-old by Faltaat), and more significantly winner of that feature race twice (last year and 2014).

“Faaltless trialled very well today. He’s in good form and will run the Garden City Trophy, which he will try and win for the third time,” said Baertschiger .

“Be Bee and Aramco are also running. Be Bee will be a little worse off at the weights as he’s a Group 2 winner and is only four, but 56 kilos is not a such a big load to shoulder.

“JP (John Powell) will ride him, Vlad Duric is on Aramco and Matty Kellady rides Faaltless.”
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