By Julieanne Horsman
For anyone superstitious, Bucasia should be the bet of the day tomorrow in the Tales From Debortoli Maiden Plate (1000m) at Gosford.
The three-year-old filly is having her third start with her third trainer and has so far come second twice.
At her last start in a 1000m Gosford maiden, Bucasia shot out of the gates and led all the way, only to be run down within the last 100m by Godolphin second-starter, Clivedon. The gelding son of Street Cry and group 1 winner Camarena hasn’t raced since but boasts an impressive pedigree. “I thought it was a good run and I was happy with it,” Newcastle-based trainer Paul Perry said. “She was just unlucky to run into a handy maiden field.”
Bucasia could have her moment in the sun at Gosford tomorrow though.
She has already shown she can handle the wet, running second on Heavy 8 when on debut at the Sunshine Coast. Barrier three is ideal and she has dropped 1.5kg from her last starting weight.
“There’s no reason why she won’t be competitive,” Perry said.
“She has trained on lovely since her last race.
“Being a Mossman filly she likes the sting out of the ground and Paul King (jockey) knows her well.”
Major rival Vincero hasn’t been tested in the wet and goes up half a kilogram in weight.
Yeas And Nays looks to be the main threat, having run 2nd twice and 3rd once from three starts and dropping two kilograms.
Perry will saddle up four other horses at Gosford tomorrow and rates his pair of runners in the 2600m Degustation Dinner at TEG Benchmark Handicap as each-way chances.
Paul King will pilot The Bohemian from barrier 1 while Rory Hutchings will be aboard topweight Quartermaster for barrier 11.
Salerno will lump 62.5kg in the Tooheys New Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1200m. His last win came almost a year ago to the day and Perry says he has been weighted out of contention in recent times.
Don Pellegrino will run in the 150 Lashes Benchmark 65 handicap over 1600m and will appreciate the extra distance.
“He takes a couple of runs to get run and wants to go further,” Perry said.
The track is rated a Heavy 8.