A nice resuming win in Adelaide last Saturday from progressive Morphettville-trained colt Last Bullet has South Australian horseman John Hyam looking ahead to a 2015 Caulfield Guineas bid this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
High Chaparral three-year-old Last Bullet has now won two of his three career starts, the up-and-comer breaking his maiden status back in late March with a victory over The Grey Flash in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m).
Hyam had the Victorian-bound youngster, a $190,000 yearling buy, kick off his latest prep last Saturday at home in the $30,000 Peter Elberg Funerals Handicap (1200m) against a field of fellow three-year-olds in a BenchMark 64.
Only four lined-up and just two lengths separated them over the line, Last Bullet enjoying an apprentice claim from Emily Finnegan when carrying 52kg as opposed to his 62kg allocation to a neck win over the Phillip Stokes-trained odds-on favourite Éclair Attack.
It was a classy win then and one that has Hyam hopeful of a trip to Melbourne for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10.
Éclair Attack is also Caulfield Guineas nominated as is third past the post Battle Brewing, while the fellow Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained fourth placed C’est Beau La Vie is entered for the fillies’ equivalent – the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day.
“He’s come back a lot better than what he was – he’s a lot stronger,” Hyam told Racing Victoria speaking of his narrow winner.
“He raced a lot truer on Saturday as well, when he won that Group race he still laid in a few times and did a bit wrong.
“I honestly thought he couldn’t win the race because it was a quality little field but I didn’t really have him peaking for it either – so it was quite impressive.
“I thought I had him about 85 per cent fitness, so he’ll take a huge amount of improvement.”
Futures Caulfield Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are currently led by Vancouver ($3.80) despite the colt losing the San Domenico first-up before a flat Rosehill trial on Tuesday morning ahead of his first Group 1 aim this season – the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 12 in Sydney.
Last Bullet meanwhile can be found right at the other end of the pre-field Caulfield Guineas betting markets paying $101 as one of the classic’s genuine roughie shots.
That’s a price Hyam is hoping his galloper can race better in should he make the field for the elite level.
Between now and then Last Bullet is set to make his interstate debut at Flemington Racecourse Saturday week on Makybe Diva Stakes Day, Hyam looking at the $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) for his next run.
“Obviously he’s got to handle the (Flemington) straight and all that but he’ll have fitness on his side,” he said.
“I think he’ll run a pretty good race for it.”
Hyam is also tipping improvement once Last Bullet gets out over a mile as his nice breeding suggests he will enjoy.
“Every time they ride him in trackwork they say it feels like he’s looking for ground already,” he said.
“He’s a half-brother to (tow-time Group 1 winner) Hollow Bullet so he ticks a lot of boxes to say 1600m will be perfect for him.
“You’ve got to target them there, if it doesn’t work you go somewhere else.”
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