Bumper Humper proved she’s more than just a flash in the pan with a return serve in the Old Mate’s Sports Bar Plate (1200m) at Belmont on Saturday.
The Dion Luciani-trained filly had impressed in a couple of early-season hit-outs for the babies at Lark Hill before winning on debut at Belmont last October.
Off the scene for eight months after that victory in the Initial Plate (1000m), she returned in June and her precocity was evident again when she contested the lead with Astro Warrior and Devine Beast on Saturday.
Bumper Humper dropped them at the furlong and then showed she was made of sterner stuff to deny late closer La Farola (Deep Field).
“She wasn’t suited by the soft going in her first two starts back from a spell,” stable spokesman Ian Glading said. “The step-up from 1000m to 1200m helped, too. There wasn’t as much speed early on today and Willie (Pike) was able to cross them without doing too much work.”
Bumper Humper is a homebred for Loloma Farm owners Kevin Fowler and Kelly Everett. She’s by Alwyn Park sire Alfred Nobel (Ire) and her dam Mardella Miss (Citidancer) traces back to VRC Desirable Stakes winner Angel On High (Godswalk).
Loloma retained her yearling half-sister by Demerit and Mardella Miss was covered by Alfred Nobel last September.
Blow Me Out is another Alfred Nobel 2yo with ability. The Brett Pope-trained filly has her hoof on the till following a first-up third behind Snickerdoodledandy (Snitzel) on Saturday. She is a half-sister to LR Jungle Mist Classic winner Electric Light (Vital Equine).
In Hong Kong, Alfred Nobel’s 3yo filly Star Present experienced a baptism of fire in the Tathong Channel Hcp (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. Prominent early, she was hampered at the half-way point but was no match for exciting newcomer Joyful Fortune (Nicconi) who bolted in by five lengths.
Star Present was trained by Brock Lewthwaite to win a 950m Lark Hill trial last September. She defeated recent Belmont winner Hulahoops by three lengths in quick time and was sold to a Constance Cheng partnership without racing in WA.
She is a full-sister to Showy Chloe (G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes) and a half-sister to El Rijes (LR Perth Stakes) and Special Reward (G3 ATC Southern Cross Stakes).
Taunton Vale’s Nina Johnston owns their dam Special Kiseki (Special Bond) and her yearling filly by King’s Troop made $100,000 to clients of Dan Morton at the 2020 Perth Magic Millions. She has been named Special Royale.
Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer) stands for a $2,200 (inc GST) service fee at Alwyn Park alongside Maschino (Encosta de Lago) who has been elevated to $6,600 (inc GST) this year.