Trainer Jason Warren is hoping for a repeat performance of The Galaxy when his classy gelding Bel Sprinter lines up in the Group 1 2013 Krisflyer International Sprint (1200m) on Sunday.
In the Galaxy the five-year-old missed the start, leaving jockey Hugh Bowman no option but to settle at the back of the field.
But it actually played into the favour of the lightly-raced speedster, who conserved plenty of energy before unleashing a rapid turn of foot.
Bel Sprinter quickly gobbled up the field and eventually won by 3 1/2 lengths from Snitzerland.
After drawing barrier 10 of 11 for Sunday’s lucrative sprint, Warren is hoping his charge will adopt a similar racing pattern.
It is a race that features plenty of speed which should suit Australia’s lone contender.
“Hopefully he can run over the top of them like he did in the Galaxy,” Warren told Racing Victoria.
The Mornington trainer couldn’t be happier with his stable star ahead of Sunday’s challenge.
He’ll only trot and canter over the next couple of mornings. He’s never been beaten fresh and I’m happy to have him fresh for Sunday,” Warren said.
Warren indicated that he is enjoying time in Asia and suggested he could make another journey north for a lucrative race in Hong Kong in December.
“We’d look at the Manikato Stakes and probably a run either side of that and, all being well, head to Hong Kong in December,” he said.
Despite being five years old, injury and illness have seen Bel Sprinter race just 15 times.
From that, the talented sprinter has won seven times and scored two minor placings for nearly $700,000 in prizemoney.
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