Visiting Kiwi trainer Tony Pike is aiming to secure a spot in the $14 million The Everest when his quality sprinter The Bostonian (NZ) contests the G2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Melbourne Racing Club will run the Schillaci Stakes as the last race on a 10-event card with the winner receiving a golden ticket to The Everest at Randwick on October 19. The winning connections will be given until Noon on Sunday to decide whether they want to take up their spot in The Everest. If not, the opportunity will pass to the second placegetter.
The Bostonian will catapult his sire Jimmy Choux (NZ) to the top of the Australian sires’ premiership if he wins first prizemoney of $6.05 million in our richest race of the season. And it would be another tremendous result for Western Australia after the recent Group 1 victories of Gatting, Scales Of Justice, Black Heart Bart and Come Play With Me in the Eastern States.
Leading WA breeder Alan MacAlister purchased Jimmy Choux from NZ earlier this year and transferred him to Wayne and Tracy Rodwell at Roselee Stud in Serpentine.
The Rodwells reported The Bostonian had been the catalyst for a steady stream of bookings to Jimmy Choux last month at a $4,950 service fee. Read that article here
Since then, quality mares Delicate Snip, Demimonde and Cintrice have been added to Jimmy Choux’s first book at Roselee Park.
Delicate Snip (Snippets) is the dam of Dawn Approach (LR Miss Andretti Stakes), Delicate Miss (6 wins & $370,980), Dawn Mission (5 wins) and Dawn Amarda (4 wins).
Demimonde (Stratum) is the dam of My Demi (5 wins & $207,655) and Cintrice (Tribu) the dam of The Celt (7 wins & $455,350).
Trainer Tony Pike is quietly confident a good gate will see The Bostonian improve on his first-up run from an outside barrier in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m). “He got posted three-wide that night and was only beaten just over two lengths behind Nature Strip,” Pike said. “I’ve been really happy with him since Moonee Valley.
“Damian (Lane) galloped him on the course proper at Flemington on Tuesday and said he had taken no harm from his fresh-up run. He’s right in the Schillaci and will give it a big shake.
“With The Everest slot up for grabs on Saturday, it’s going to be a very interesting afternoon and there will be a lot of organising if we are lucky enough to win.”