Stephen Lee’s returning three-year-old Boy Scout will work his way towards a Grafton Guineas 2015 assignment when he races first-up at Casino this afternoon.
Engaged to race in the fifth race on the Casino card at the Tuesday meeting, the lightly-raced Ready’s Image gelding will have just his fourth career start in the $15,000 Express Examiner Casino Cup 15th August Class 1 Handicap (1200m).
In a field cut down by seven early scratchings, Boy Scout is due to jump from barrier five and an apprentice claim from jockey Cassandra Schmidt sees the original 58.5kg top weight get in with only 54kg today.
Boy Scout, who Lee describes as having “plenty of potential”, hasn’t raced since a 1400m win at Grafton back in early February where he broke his maiden status thanks to a brilliant late finishing burst to close out his rivals in the final stages.
The Ballina-based youngster however looked fit and ready to race in a winning barrier trial at that same track on June 13 in the lead-up to his return when defeating Jetty Beach by a length over 1020m with Ben Looker aboard, 141 days after his latest run.
“He’s still immature but learning all the time,” Lee told Racenet.
“Ben (Looker) never let him go in the trial. He won nicely without any undue effort.”
Lee is hoping for a nice performance fresh today from the up-and-comer as he eyes a run back at Grafton Racecourse during the Grafton Cup Carnival next month.
“I’ve had him in work for some time,” the horseman said.
“He’s had plenty of groundwork. I think he’ll run 1600 metres all day. He’s a horse that when he gets over a bit of ground he’ll excel.”
The Clarence River Jockey Club’s marquee event is the July Carnival, and one of the key non-black type features held during the festival is the $45,000 Tursa Employment & Training Inglis Bonus Grafton Guineas (1600m).
Offering an additional $50,000 Inglis Bonus to horses nominated for the Inglis Race Series, which inclues Boy Scout, the Grafton Guineas runs on Ramornie Handicap Day on Wednesday July 8.
Also Grafton Guineas bound this winter is the Brett Cavanough-trained Another Rush, the Xaardante gelding last seen backing up from his maiden win at Albury over 1000m on May 21 when third behind Greipel over 1200m at Wagga on May 30.
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