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Six in a row for Elson Boy

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Elson Boy took his remarkable winning streak into the city on Saturday and just kept on rolling, collecting his sixth victory in a row in the A$160,000 Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1300m) in Sydney.

ELSON BOY winning the ROSEHILL BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP
ELSON BOY winning the ROSEHILL BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The four-year-old son of El Roca kicked off his hot streak with a win on his home track of Dubbo in early March. He followed it up with further successes at Coonamble, Narromine, Mudgee and a last-start victory during Scone's metropolitan meeting on May 18.

Elson Boy  carried on to Rosehill on Saturday and delivered more of the same for his trainer Dar Lunn and apprentice jockey Chelsea Hillier.

After jumping from gate six, Hillier sent Elson Boy forward into his customary front-running role and dominated the race from there. Elson Boy kicked hard in the straight and put himself well out of the reach of the chasers, crossing the finish line with a margin of a length and three-quarters up his sleeve.

"That's so good," Hillier said. "I don't really have words. I'm just so lucky to be associated with a great trainer, some fantastic owners and a really, really good horse.

"He's unreal. He just keeps going. He won't stop. As soon as he hears other horses coming, he finds more. He hasn't really been tested either, so who knows how good he is?

"He was a lot fresher today than he has been in the last two runs, so I was worried he might go a bit strong. But he was beautiful – every bit as good as he was last start, and hopefully he'll be better again next time."

Elson Boy has now had 22 starts for nine wins, a placing and A$343,375 in stakes. His six-race winning streak has earned more than A$289,000 of that amount.

"I just hope it keeps going," Lunn said. "It's been hard at home, because we've had no track to work him on. They're putting in a new Polytrack at Dubbo and I haven't been able to get on the grass. I've just been working him on a little canter track.

"But he's the type of horse that you don't have to do a great deal with him. He's just a pleasure to have around, and Chelsea does such a good job on him."

Bred by Mark and Lorraine Forbes, Elson Boy is by El Roca out of the Pour Moi mare Caramia. Elson Boy was offered by the Forbes' Kiltannon Stables in Book 2 of Karaka 2021, where he was bought for just $20,000. – NZ Racing Desk.


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