Should Ballistic Boy be as short as he is for Saturday’s $105,000 Mooloolaba Cup?
The Group 3 winner was posted at $2.60 by Ladbrokes on Wednesday, but by Thursday afternoon had trimmed further to $2.40.
The son of Smart Missile ran a slashing first-up second to Red Chase a fortnight ago over 1350m and the 1600m on the big stretches of Caloundra’s Corbould Park circuit look the right stepping stone for him, but taking on the likes of Stradbroke runner-up Niccanova is another step up for the gelding.
One person who is surprised by the price is his trainer Chris Anderson.
“I couldn’t believe it to be honest,” he said. “I guess I always tend to be a little bit conservative and I’m obviously hoping the market has it right.
Ballistic Boy has been well-backed in the Mooloolaba Cup. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
“The way he got back and rattled home first-up was great and we want to see him do the same again. I just felt he might be a little bit vulnerable second-up, particularly at a mile.
“We won’t have him spot-on until the third week of January, so I think there’s certainly a few chinks in the armour.
“We don’t have expectations of him going there and winning – we are hopeful – we want to see him taking the right steps on the way to his Grand Final.”
That said, Anderson could not have been more pleased with the way Ballistic Boy ran first-up and he’s looking forward to the $1 million Magic Millions Subzero (2400m) on January 16.
How he gets to those races will be determined by his performance on Saturday, with options being to stay at a mile or progress to 2000m next time out.
Anderson is looking for improvement from stablemate One Shy Ruby, who takes on a hot field in the Three-Year-Old Handicap (1000m).
“I was a touch disappointed with her first up, but she showed post-race she certainly needed the run, even off the back of two trials,” he said.
“This is a hot race and will be a good guide to where she’s at, so maybe we have to re-set her sights, depending on what happens.”
Anderson said if One Shy Ruby looks short of stakes class during the summer carnival, he could switch her to Sydney to chase some of the BOBS bonuses on offer.
Anderson also has Stylish Saga one of the fancies in the Class 3 Plate.
Originally published asFair warning: Cup favourite still has chinks in his armour
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