Promising winter galloper The Bouncer earned a trip to the Grand National meeting when he bounced back to winning form at Stratford yesterday.
The His Royal Highness five-year-old relished theheavy 11 track conditions for the Stratford Racing Club's meeting winning comfortably by 1-1/2 lengths.
Revell confirmed a Riccarton campaign for The Bouncer in August.
"He's nominated for the Winter Cup and he's my a back-up horse if something happened to go wrong with I Am Sam," The Bouncer's New Plymouth trainer Bryce Revell said.
"I don't think I would run him in the cup if I Am Sam is running. There's plenty of other suitable races down there for him."
Last start I Am Sam won the wfa Wanganui Challenge Stakes (1600m) beating class mare and runner up I Do and has thrived since, according to Revell.
"He looks super and I took him down to the beach yesterday and he was fresh as," he said.
Plans for I Am Sam include a start in the $70,000 Waikato Stud Opunake Cup (1400m) on his home track on July 21.
"Then it's on to the Winter Cup," Revell said.
The Bouncer was backing up yesterday after finishing a disappointing seventh of 10 runners over 1400m at Tauranga last Saturday.
"He just had no luck at Tauranga and was flushed out wide on the bend making his run," Revell said.
Revell prepares The Bouncer for Jan Wilson, of Waitotara, who is a co-owner of I Am Sam.
"Jan can't be here today because she is over in Hastings with her son who broke his back in a hunting accident and is in Hastings Hospital," Revell said.
- New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock was attending the funeral service of jumps rider, Brian "Baggy" Hillis yesterday, but in his absence he had a perfect record at the SRC meeting.
His only two runners were both winners.
Gypsy Fair won race two and in the next race stablemate Tihi Keepa was first home.
Gypsy Fair is a daughter of Falkirk and the Zabeel mare Gypsy Moth and finished second on debut at her previous start.
"As soon as we started working her, she reminded me a lot of I Do," Sharrock's stable foreman and track rider Emma Davies said. "She's small and lightly-framed and that's probably why she likes wet tracks."
Tihi Keepa, a three-year-old filly by Keeper and bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, finished a good second at Hawera at her previous outing.
- Stratford trainer Tina Egan might be putting on hold a planned jumping career for Quick March after the seven-year-old mare caused a major boilover in the last race at Stratford.
Quick March scored at odds of 38-1, beating New Plymouth galloper and race favourite, The Graduate, by 3/4 of a length in the rating 65, 1600m race.
Quick March has now won three races for Hawera owners Graeme and Annette Hill.
- Taranaki Daily News