Bold Star (Image: Racing Photos)
South Australian sprinter Bold Star has only missed a place once at Flemington and that is a statistic trainer Gordon Richards hopes to build on ahead of his seventh attempt at Headquarters in Saturday's $1.25 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
Bold Star returned with a slashing run to go down a head in the Rubiton Stakes but struck trouble when finishing 10th in a bunched Oakleigh Plate finish, beaten fewer than three lengths.
"It was a good run a fortnight before in the Rubiton and in the Oakleigh Plate he got held up in running, he likes to get out and get his act together so he can do them final sectionals," Richards explained.
"The placegetters were all up close to the speed most of the race and a lot of the backmarkers, apart from Brooklyn Hustle, had trouble making ground, there was a bit of pushing and shoving back in the field.
"He just couldn't get out and get himself mobile, but he will be better suited at Flemington."
Bold Star is set to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday night with Daniel Stackhouse booked to ride.
"I was still happy with how he pulled up, he galloped this morning over there and it's all systems go," Richards said.
"Yeah we have (him peaking), they're hard to win Group 1s, especially the Newmarket, but he has done well down the straight before.
"With no weight on his back, if he gets the right breaks, he will be a chance."