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Bosson's sights set on second Cup

Gearing up for race day

AIDAN RODLEY
Last updated 09:17 14/12/2012
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ON TOP: Opie Bosson returns to scale after winning the Counties Cup on Cambridge mare Jeu de Cartes. The pair will shoot for further success in tomorrow’s Gr III Waikato Times Gold Cup at Te Rapa.

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Times have changed since Opie Bosson last won the Waikato Times Gold Cup.

That was in 1998, when Bosson was an 18-year-old apprentice and he guided home Dannevegas to a three-quarters of a length win for the training partnership of Jeff Lynds and Garry Barlow.

Dannevegas carried 52kg on a 50kg minimum that day, with millionaire galloper All In Fun compressing the weights from a topweight of 59kg.

Bosson will try to win his second Waikato Cup (2400m) tomorrow from the opposite end of the scale, partnering the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Jeu de Cartes, his last-start winning ride in the Gr II Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe last month.

That day Jeu de Cartes carried 57kg, but tomorrow she goes up 2kg to carry 59kg - and it's that weight factor that has Bosson concerned ahead of the $100,000 staying feature.

"It's a bit tough. She's not a big mare," Bosson said.

"She carried the 57kg all right last time but it's a bit of a jump from 57kg to 59kg.

"She's in form and she's going to run a good race but the weight is my only worry. But she's a good stayer and I'm happy to be on her."

Weight limits have increased since Dannevegas won, though even with 59kg the biggest weight advantage Jeu de Cartes has to give her rivals is 6kg.

When All In Fun was topweight in 1998, his closest rival in the weights was 6kg lighter, though Jeu de Cartes has yet to prove herself in that class.

With the Waikato Cup downgraded to Gr III level for the first time since 1982, the minimum has risen to 53kg this year, with seven of the 13 runners carded to carry that weight.

Bosson plies his trade as a heavyweight jockey these days and the 33-year-old has developed into one of New Zealand's finest tacticians in the saddle.

His ride on Jeu de Cartes in the CountiesCup was flawless as  he took up a good position, eased three wide with cover 700m from home and presented the Stravinsky mare at the optimum time to make her challenge.

She scored by a neck in a crowded finish to take her record to nine wins from 21 starts and her bankroll past $190,000.

"It was a good tough effort. She had a good run. I got a nice track into the race and did everything right," Bosson said.

Baker yesterday said om Jeu de Cartes had trained on well since her Pukekohe win and, as a daughter of Prize Gem, who won the Gr I Brisbane Cup winner (3200m), and a half-sister to Nom du Jeu, who won the Gr I Australian Derby (2400m), he expected her to run out a strong 2400m.

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"I'm happy with her but she's got a hard task ahead of her at the weights," Baker said. "She's ticked over nicely since Counties and I think she will run out the 2400m on her breeding."

Bosson rated Counties Cup runner-up Arcenciel as the main danger to Jeu de Cartes
tomorrow."The second horse went a good race the other day and she'll be hard to beat again," he said.

Bosson said he had found sourcing Waikato Cup winners hard work over the years but he had fond memories of Dannevegas.

"She was quite a handy horse and I ended up winning quite a few races on her. But that was a fair while ago now," he said.

Bosson will combine with the Allan Sharrock-trained Shez Sinsational in the other Group feature, the Gr II $85,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m).

He has won seven races aboard the Ekraar mare, including the Gr I Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings and Gr III Lindauer Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie at her past two starts.

"She's a really good mare and she likes Te Rapa so I'm expecting a big run," Bosson said.

Currently second on the jockeys' premiership, Bosson rides the Frank Ritchie-trained Run Like Al in tomorrow's Listed $50,000 Shaw's Wire Ropes Sprint (1400m) and the Bruce Wallace-trained Eastern Dragon in the Listed $50,000 Wentwood Grange Stakes (1100m) for two-year-olds.

"Run Like Al went really well at Pukekohe and he trialled up well at Cambridge on Tuesday. He ran third," Bosson said.

Meanwhile, Baker will produce Diademe as a rival for Shez Sinsational in the Cal Isuzu Stakes and is excited to welcome last year's New Zealand Derbyplaced On The Level back for a fresh campaign after a long injury layoff.

"I'm having a go with a Diademe. She's up to the big time but she's not a bad horse. She goes well," he said.

"And On The Level's back. He's going really well and he's a highclass horse."Times have changed since Opie Bosson last won the Waikato Times Gold Cup.

That was in 1998, when Bosson was an 18-year-old apprentice and he guided home Dannevegas to a three-quarters of a length win for the training partnership of Jeff Lynds and Garry Barlow.

Dannevegas carried 52kg on a 50kg minimum that day, with millionaire galloper All In Fun compressing the weights from a topweight of 59kg.

Bosson will try to win his second Waikato Cup (2400m) tomorrow from the opposite end of the scale, partnering the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Jeu de Cartes, his last-start winning ride in the Gr II Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe last month.

That day Jeu de Cartes carried 57kg, but tomorrow she goes up 2kg to carry 59kg - and it's that weight factor that has Bosson concerned ahead of the $100,000 staying feature.

"It's a bit tough. She's not a big mare," Bosson said.

"She carried the 57kg all right last time but it's a bit of a jump from 57kg to 59kg.

"She's in form and she's going to run a good race but the weight is my only worry. But she's a good stayer and I'm happy to be on her."

Weight limits have increased since Dannevegas won, though even with 59kg the biggest weight advantage Jeu de Cartes has to give her rivals is 6kg.

When All In Fun was topweight in 1998, his closest rival in the weights was 6kg lighter, though Jeu de Cartes has yet to prove herself in that class.

With the Waikato Cup downgraded to Gr III level for the first time since 1982, the minimum has risen to 53kg this year, with seven of the 13 runners carded to carry that weight.

Bosson plies his trade as a heavyweight jockey these days and the 33-year-old has developed into one of New Zealand's finest tacticians in the saddle.

His ride on Jeu de Cartes in the Counties Cup was flawless as he took up a good position, eased three wide with cover 700m from home and presented the Stravinsky mare at the optimum time to make her challenge.

She scored by a neck in a crowded finish to take her record to nine wins from 21 starts and her bankroll past $190,000.

"It was a good tough effort. She had a good run. I got a nice track into the race and did everything right," Bosson said.

Baker yesterday said om Jeu de Cartes had trained on well since her Pukekohe win and, as a daughter of Prize Gem, who won the Gr I Brisbane Cup winner (3200m), and a half-sister to Nom du Jeu, who won the Gr I Australian Derby (2400m), he expected her to run out a strong 2400m.

"I'm happy with her but she's got a hard task ahead of her at the weights," Baker said.

"She's ticked over nicely since Counties and I think she will run out the 2400m on her breeding."

Bosson rated Counties Cup runner-up Arcenciel as the main danger to Jeu de Cartes tomorrow.

"The second horse went a good race the other day and she'll be hard to beat again," he said.

Bosson said he had found sourcing Waikato Cup winners hard work over the years but he had fond memories of Dannevegas.

"She was quite a handy horse and I ended up winning quite a few races on her. But that was a fair while ago now," he said.

Bosson will combine with the Allan Sharrock-trained Shez Sinsational in the other Group feature, the Gr II $85,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m).

He has won seven races aboard the Ekraar mare, including the Gr I Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings and Gr III Lindauer Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie at her past two starts.

"She's a really good mare and she likes Te Rapa so I'm expecting a big run," Bosson said.

Currently second on the jockeys' premiership, Bosson rides the Frank Ritchie-trained Run Like Al in tomorrow's Listed $50,000 Shaw's Wire Ropes Sprint (1400m) and the Bruce Wallace-trained Eastern Dragon in the Listed $50,000 Wentwood Grange Stakes (1100m) for two-year-olds.

"Run Like Al went really well at Pukekohe and he trialled up well at Cambridge on Tuesday. He ran third," Bosson said.

Meanwhile, Baker will produce Diademe as a rival for Shez Sinsational in the Cal Isuzu Stakes and is excited to welcome last year's New Zealand Derbyplaced On The Level back for a fresh campaign after a long injury layoff.

"I'm having a go with a Diademe. She's up to the big time but she's not a bad horse. She goes well," he said. "And On The Level's back. He's going really well and he's a highclass horse."

- Waikato

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