Sharp sprinting three-year-old The Bopper is set to launch his preparation at Randwick on Saturday when he heads a Kris Lees-trained two-pronged attack on the Heineken Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m).
The Bopper is the winner of three of his seven starts and resumes from a spell in Saturday’s sprint where he’ll be joined by the stablemate Triple Ace.
The Bopper was scratched last Saturday due to the heavy rain that fell in Sydney leading into and during the meeting but his trainer expects the son of Nicconi to be at Randwick this week.
“He’s come back in good order,” Lees said.
“He seems to be coming up well. His last trial was nice and I’m expecting him to run well.
“He hasn’t been on the heavy but it was pretty testing the day he won the Brian Crowley. I’d be confident he should get through it.
“He’s a gelding in the benchmarks. The plan is to place him right and win races with him, hopefully starting on Saturday.”
One thing that didn’t go The Bopper’s way this week was the barrier draw – he will start from the outside gate in the field of 13.
Kris Lees Wasn’t too fussed about The Bopper’s barrier draw for Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“If you’re going to draw poorly, it’s always handy when you’re able to get James (McDonald) aboard,” Lees said.
“By the time we get to the last on Saturday they could well be avoiding the inside so it might be advantageous to be drawn out. James will work it out.”
TAB fixed odds has installed The Bopper as the $5 favourite while the stablemate Triple Ace sits on the fifth line of betting at $8.50.
Triple Ace has a run under the belt having finished third first-up three weeks back in the same grade.
“He ran well first-up and has come on from the run,” Lee said.
“He’s a genuine horse. Hasn’t seen heavy but he’s handled everything that’s been thrown at him so he’s as good a chance as any to get through it.
“No reason why he won’t run well again. He hasn’t let us down yet.”
Sam Clipperton sticks with Triple Ace after partnering the gelding in his Rosehill return on June 26.
Originally published asThe Bopper back and plan is to win
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