Boaz reputation soars - Australia Preview
- 13 March 2015
By Adam Hamilton
It hasn’t taken long for champion Western Australian trainer Gary Hall Sr to find another emerging superstar.
Hall Sr has taken more convincing than his son, superstar driver Gary Jr, but he now agrees former Kiwi juvenile Beaudiene Boaz will be the stable’s “next big thing.”
The three-year-old is $1.06 Aussie TAB fixed odds favourite to make it a perfect six in Hall Sr’s barn when he starts from gate three in tonight’s (Friday) $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park.
“We’re keen to push forward and take the lead, but I guess it depends on what a few of the rivals want to do. If they want to go to war, we’re up for it,” Hall Sr said.
“He’s got it all … speed, strength and class. He’s so very exciting.
“Gaz (Gary Jr) fell in love with him as soon as he arrived in our stable after winning the Harness Jewels last season. I was a little more sceptical, but, as usual Gaz was right. This horse is every bit the real deal.”
Although I’m Themightyquinn and The Falcon Strike are the best horses Hall Sr has trained, he rates Beaudiene Boaz superior to them both at the same stage.
“Those two matured into great horse. This guy is more a natural as a three-year-old,” he said.
“Before this guy, Alta Christiano was the best three-year-old I’d trained. Beaudiene Boaz is right up with him.”
Beyond tonight, Beaudiene Boaz will target the the Group 1 WA Derby at Gloucester Park on April 10.
And there is some chance the son of Badlands Hanover could return to NZ to defend his Jewels crown.
“I’ve ruled out the Breeders Crown, he’ll be spelling by then,” Hall Sr said. “But the Jewels is a chance. I’ll wait and see how he is after the Derby here.”
Longer term, Hall Sr said there no was way Beaudiene Boaz would tackle next season’s Inter Dominion.
“No, I’m going to pick and choose my races with a view to him being a long term Grand Circuit horse. I did that with Quinny and it paid dividends,” he said.
“His target next season will be the Golden Nugget, not the Inter Dominion.”
The flavour of Sydney’s Inter Dominion day extends to country New South Wales tomorrow (Saturday) night.
Inter Dominion final fourth placegetter Blazin N Cullen and glamour mare Frith – fourth to Adore Me in the Ladyship Mile – headline the field in a strong $40,800 Young Cup (2480m).
Both have drawn the back row, but the early Aussie TAB money has been for Blazin N Cullen (gate eight), who has firmed from $3.50 to $2.80. Frith (gate 11) has eased from $2.10 to $2.40.
The other major player is Steve Turnbul’s Heza Thrill from gate nine.
Top Victorian trainer Emma Stewart will be out to top a huge week by winning the Harness Breeders 2YO Fillies’ Classic (1720m) at Melton’s Tabcorp Park tonight (Friday).
Stewart gave birth to her first child, Willow Ava, earlier in the week, but the business of training a stellar stable of horses rolls on.
Stewart and partner, Clayton Tonkin, have four of the nine runners in the Classic.
The only one to race is Celebrity Guest, who flashed home from a mile back to win impressively on debut at Ballarat on March 4.
The other three: Rocknroll Magic, Priddy Catchy and Heavens Trend have all shown promise at the trials.
Significantly, stable driver Gavin Lang has opted to partner Celebrity Guest.
Kate Gath drives Rocknroll Magic, Nathan Jack is on Priddy Catchy and Greg Sugars has the reins on Heavens Trend.
It’s about the time of year where Stewart and Tonkin traditionally wheel out there best babies with a view to the Australian Gold and Vicbred races.