The Bopper is the name on everyone’s lips heading into the second race at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday but American import Bulletin is already respected by the punters ahead of his Australian debut.
The City Zip five-year-old lines up in the second race and trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have given him two solid trials to have him nice and forward for his first-up run.
Tim Clark trialled Bulletin on both occasions and is sure he’ll test his rivals for much of the 1100m race on Saturday.
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Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have another former North American galloper in Bulletin. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP
“Those American horses are trained for one thing – speed,” Clark said.
“He’s a little bit hard to line up, coming from overseas, but since he’s been here he’s done well and has trialled well too.
“I’ve seen a few of his races and he’s got good speed early and coming to Gai and Adrian’s will suit that style. He’s got a high cruising speed.”
Clark will ride him out of barrier four and he should be right in the firing line as they turn into the straight.
The Bopper, a strong $1.95 favourite, also likes to be on the speed so it shapes up as an intriguing battle in what’s looking like a very fast run sprint.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable has had success with an American import in the past with Con Te Partiro who they won two Group 1s with in Australia and a Group 3.
“Bulletin was in last week but they decided to hold him back for a better option this week, especially at the 1100m on a drier track,” Clark said.
“He’s been able to have that extra bit of work and he worked particularly well when I rode him on Tuesday morning.”
Tim Clark enjoys Con Te Partiro’s Coolmore Legacy Stakes win. He will partner Bulletin at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Photo: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Clark can kick off the day with a win on two-year-old debutant Gulf Of Saros who no doubt has had a good education in the Waterhouse/Bott yard.
He’s by Snitzel out of Flidais and the next three months could be very important for his owners Sun Bloodstock.
“He’s a nice horse and Gai knows the family very well. He’s a relation to Sweet Idea and can be a valuable colt,” Clark said.
“He’s got nice talent and he hasn’t done anything wrong in his trials and he’s done it both ways. He went forward when I rode him and went back the other day.
“He’s had a good education leading into it and it’s obviously important that he drew a nice gate so he can take up a position and he’ll run well.”
Gulf Of Saros should be doing his best work late over the 1100m course and while Remarque is all the rage at $1.65, the full brother to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab has drawn wide in 11.
Clark will have no issues finding a good spot on Gulf Of Saros from barrier four at a start where gates are hugely influential.
Debutant Gulf Of Saros is a brother to former top mare Sweet Idea. Photo: Anthony Johnson/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“It was important that he got a gate. If you draw out wide you’ve got to go all the way forward or all the way back and for two-year-old’s it can be tricky,” Clark said.
“I’m looking forward to when he gets over a bit further. That’s when I think he’ll come into his own.”
One horse Clark can fully rely on to run a big race is Ellsberg in the sixth where he race over 1500m again.
The pair combined at the track and distance two runs back to demolish a Benchmark 72 field.
“I’m happy where he’s drawn (10) because he can roll forward and get into a spot without having to bustle him too much and he’ll run well,” Clark said.
“He’s back to 1500m and he was dominant when I rode him to a win that day and where he gave nothing else a chance.”
The Gerald Ryan/Sterling Alexiou Spill The Beans colt is having his sixth start since debuting with a win at Warwick Farm in October and has obviously been managed well.
Tim Clark has a good opinion of Ellsberg who is shooting for a third win in his first preparation. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
He’s a well-supported $3 favourite to go on and win his third race and he’s never run worse than third.
“He’s a really talented horse and is doing a great job in his first racing preparation,” Clark said.
“I’m sure he’ll get better once he has a spell and comes back but Gerald must be happy with him to run him again because he’s getting deep into a preparation.”
Clark will have to be at his best from a wide gate on Outback Diva in the last race but he’s won on her before from an awkward draw at Rosehill.
She may have only run ninth when fresh last start but he’s a perfect record second-up where she’s undefeated from three runs.
“The draw will make it tricky for her,” Clark said.
“I won on her second-up at Rosehill last preparation and she really put in to get over the top of them.”
Clark also rides Brazen Gem and Terrace House and both going really well.
Originally published asAmerican import Bulletin to make a statement
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