It may have been five months since Simon Foster’s local Gold Coast galloper Trusted Partner graced the turf, and even longer since they recorded a win, but the punters are keen to get behind the Untouchable six-year-old when they resume in the 2012 Bat Out of Hell on Saturday.
One of 12 sprinters engaged in what is being described as an easier than usual edition of the $100,000 Bat Out of Hell Handicap (900m), Trusted Partner has opened at the top of the odds for Race 7 at the Gold Coast.
They are currently paying $3.90 through Luxbet to return with a first-up win, which would be their fourth first-up success from seven attempts.
Their most recent turf triumph was first-up when they easily defeated a crack field in the Listed Lighting Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm back in June.
After the Lightning Handicap Trusted Partner went on to finish a brave seventh beaten four and a half lengths by Peter Snowden’s Group 1 performer Pinwheel in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) before they were spelled after pulling up lame following a ninth to Bazzooka last-start in a 1000 metre handicap on August 13.
Trusted Partner sees the Gold Cost for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, the horse previously prepared by Darryl Caldwell and then by Garry Dickson and more recently Ray Besanko when raced in Victoria, and Foster remains hopeful they can pull out another ‘Lightning Stakes’.
“Hopefully he will do the same when first-up last time and win,” he said.
“He has drawn well in (barrier) four and hopefully he can find the fence early and go from there.
“The Bat Out of Hell is probably not as hard a race as last year but there is still some quality gallopers in there.
“The horse is fit and well, everything has gone to plan, he has trialed well beforehand and I expect a forward showing with him.”
In a wide-open Bat Out of Hell betting arena Luxbet have five of the other chances under $10 in their markets.
Following Trusted Partner in the 2012 Bat Out of Hell odds are then:
- #2 Seek And Find ($4.80 Luxbet)
- #4 Reilly Blue ($5 Luxbet)
- #10 Inventory ($6.50 Luxbet)
- #1 Leapfrog ($9 Luxbet)
- #7 All That ($9 Luxbet)
Of these rivals it is Kelso Wood’s Seek And Find (barrier 10) shooting for their fourth straight win and the resuming Bruce Hill-trained Leapfrog (barrier six) that Foster considers the primary threats.
“You can’t fault the form of Seek And Find but he may have trouble getting across from barrier 10,” he said.
“Leapfrog is a class performer.
“Leapfrog may be better off over 1100 metres or 1200 metres but he is an above average.”
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2012 Bat Out Of Hell Odds
Gold Coast Race 7 – 07/01/2012
|1||LEAPFROG (6)||9.00 Luxbet|
|2||SEEK AND FIND (10)||4.80 Luxbet|
|3||TRUSTED PARTNER (4)||3.90 Luxbet|
|4||REILLY BLUE (5)||5.00 Luxbet|
|5||MONDEAN (7)||12.00 Luxbet|
|6||MULTIRE MUSIC (9)||26.00 Luxbet|
|7||ALL THAT (2)||9.00 Luxbet|
|8||BIG TONY (8)||41.00 Luxbet|
|9||CARRY TO FORTUNE (12)||14.00 Luxbet|
|10||INVENTORY (1)||6.50 Luxbet|
|11||HUCKLEBERRY DANE (3)||41.00 Luxbet|
|12||JOPA (11)||17.00 Luxbet|
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