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Unbeaten 3yo kicks off Guineas campaign
31 Aug 2017

The Trelawney stud born and raised Bostonian (Jimmy Choux x Keepa Cheval) is one of two big chances for Cambridge conditioner Tony Pike in the Listed El Roca - Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m) at Hastings on Saturday.


The unbeaten 3yo will be joined by stablemate Sacred Rebel, who Pike also rates as a good hope.


 “They should both go well,” Pike said. “Obviously everyone has been held up with the weather and they will probably improve a touch with the run.


“They have both been to Te Rapa for a solid jump out about three weeks ago, so they are definitely forward enough.”


Bostonian has drawn barrier four which Pike says will significantly help the David Archer bred and owned son of Jimmy Choux. 


The Listed race has drawn a solid field including fellow unbeaten three-year-olds Getty and Griffin. But Pike believes the Stephen Marsh-trained Sophie’s Choice, who was part-owned by Sir Colin Meads, will be one of the main dangers in the race.


“She’s had a race this time in and will be very fit for this race and was very impressive at Ruakaka in a lesser race,” he said. “She will be extremely hard to beat.


“The race has just been upgraded to a Listed race and the field affirms the quality of the race.” 


The stablemates are both being set for the Gr.1 Albasti Equiworld 2000 Guineas in Christchurch in November and Pike said their itinerary leading into that race will be decided after Saturday. -NZ Racing Desk