Following yet another delay, classy Kiwi three-year-old (The) Bostonian will finally return to action in the Listed Daybreak Lover at Caloundra on Sunday.
The Jimmy Choux gelding hasn’t been seen since the spring, when he won the Listed El Roca Trophy, finished second in the Gr. 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and an unlucky sixth in the Gr. 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas.
Bostonian had been due to begin his Queensland campaign in the Queensland Day Handicap on May 12, but a misunderstanding between New Zealand and Queensland time limits surrounding treatments forced his scratching.
He was scratched from another two races in the ensuing weeks due to wide draws, then a Doomben trial last week was postponed for two days because of weather and track conditions.
Now he will finally take his place in the Daybreak Lover, which was originally part of Doomben’s Stradbroke Handicap programme on Saturday but was relocated to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday to ease the Brisbane track’s workload.
“He’s had a few hold-ups,” trainer Tony Pike told www.theinformant.co.nz earlier this week. “He had another little one this week when the race was moved from Saturday to Sunday, but he’ll be ready to go then.
“He had a good hitout in his Doomben trial last Thursday without being asked for too much. We’re happy with how he’s looking heading into this weekend.”
Again drawn badly in gate 17, Bostonian will be ridden by Michael Cahill in Sunday’s A$125,000 event.
Pike will also line up Sacred Master in Saturday’s A$100,000 Listed Wayne Wilson in Doomben. The son of Mastercraftsman, stepping out for the second start of his campaign, will be ridden by Leith Innes.
Sacred Master resumed two weeks ago in the Gr. 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup, his first start since February 2017, and finished seven lengths from the winner in ninth place.
“He ran well first-up and just blew out the last little bit,” Pike said. “He’s taken good improvement out of that run. He’s still a run or so away from peak fitness, but he’s heading in the right direction.”
Sacred Master has won seven races including the Gr. 2 Avondale Cup and Gr. 3 Newcastle Gold Cup. He has also run third in a Gr. 1 Auckland Cup and fourth in the Gr. 1 Metropolitan.