Jockey Michael Rodd is confident of continuing a strong run of form in partnering talented Queenslander Spirit Of Boom in this afternoon’s featured Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m), despite the six-year-old yet to break through for a victory over ten starts at Doomben Racecourse.
Returning to the saddle after undergoing a procedure to straighten a broken nose sustained in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on April 26th, Rodd said that while three-time Group 1 champion and resounding pre-post favourite Buffering will be hard to be, the form of the Sequalo entire and running style of the BTC Cup should play directly into his strengths.
“He’s ticking over really well so he’s going to be hard to beat” Rodd told AAP.
“I’m feeling confident because there’s a lot of pressure.
“There are a few going forward so that’s going to help me.”
Claiming an impressive total of eight wins and 19 places from 49 competitive starts to date, Spirit Of Boom was a standout performer over the 2013 racing calendar; unlucky to finishing third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up and continuing to build in form and class towards an impressive run for fourth in the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Returning in spring in similarly impressive touch, the stallion out of Temple Spirit finished outside the places just once in five appearances; winning the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) and finishing second in both the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) most notably.
Arguably returning to racing in career best for this season, Spirit Of Boom was unlucky to finish second behind the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee in both the 2014 edition of the Oakleigh Plate and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on march 21st.
Unlucky to finish second behind talented stable mate and fellow BTC Cup acceptor Temple Of Boom in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) last time out, Spirit Of Boom is currently offered as outright second favourite for success at Doomben this afternoon at a quote of $5.50.
Claiming three Group 1 titles back-to-back in the 2013 spring, local hero Buffering is currently clear favourite to claim the 2014 BTC Cup, featured at short odds of $1.85.
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