By Adam Hamilton
Emerging superstar Beaudiene Boaz steps out of his own age group to take on some of the stars of the Perth Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
And the Gary Hall Sr-trained pacer is a clear favourite after drawing the pole in the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint (1730m).
Beaudiene Boaz has not started since his dominant win in the Group 1 Golden Nugget on the same day Lennytheshark won the Perth Inter Dominion final (December 13).
“We’ve made the decision to stay here and go for the big races (WA and Fremantle Cups) instead of heading to Sydney for the Chariots Of Fire,” Hall Sr said.
“So this is his first try against the open-class horses ahead of those races. The draw and the trip both suit him.
“Taking a line through Waylade and My Hard Copy, we’re sure he will measure up.”
And Hall Sr should know given he trains of the 11 entrants, including the two emergencies, in the Village Kid Sprint.
Not surprisingly, Gary Hall Jr has opted to drive Beaudiene Boaz.
That means Kim Prentice is the new driver for Waylade (gate three), while Clint Hall will stay aboard My Hard Copy (gate five).
Inter Dominion runner-up Lovers Delight is another star in the race, but he will need luck from a wide draw (seven).
And Queensland star Avonnova, who turned heads with a massive fourth in the Inter final, will start from gate four.
The WA features are just around the corner with the $300,000 Fremantle Cup on January 8 and the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup a week later.
X X X
Last season’s Breeders Crown 4YO winner Hectorjayjay gets his chance to push for a Victoria Cup berth in Saturday night’s $30,575 Geelong Cup (2570m).
The Simone Walker-trained pacer returned from a spell with a good second in the Yarra Valley Cup then made a complete mess of the standing-start when retired from last Sunday’s Cobram Cup.
He will appreciate the return to mobile racing and snaring the pole.
Other key runners in the Cup include: Five Star Anvil (back from his Perth Inter Dominion campaign), Im Corzin Terror (first-up since his failed NZ Cup campaign) and last week’s brilliant Ballarat Lightning Mile winner Keayang Cullen.