Perfect Neighbour should outgun Another Bullet
WAYNE DaCosta's barn is 2-1 up on Patrick Lynch's ANOTHER BULLET and should go 3-1 on Saturday when PERFECT NEIGHBOUR takes his turn in the grade one 1800-metre Viceroy Trophy.
First, it was 2000 Guineas conqueror, FEARLESS SAMURAI, who put away Lynch's ANOTHER BULLET at a mile, April 29, before the five-year-old horse pulled one back by beating DaCosta's 1-4 favourite, POKER STAR, into fourth place at 1100 metres on May 10.
The champion trainer called out another of his three-year-old stars, 1000 Guineas winner SHE'S A MANEATER, to avenge that defeat, which she did in fine style last Saturday, pulling away from ANOTHER BULLET in her last prep run before the Jamaica Derby in two weeks' time.
Uncharacteristically, Lynch sends ANOTHER BULLET out for a third race in a month, facing 2013 Derby winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who shook off early season rust to discipline SUPERLUMINAL at 1820 metres on Labour Day, May 23.
Lynch, who is renowned for sparingly racing his horses, apparently figures ANOTHER BULLET is too fit to remain in his stall.
However, three races in a month, the last coming against one of the best stayers in the country, at nine furlongs, one of the most taxing distances on the track, should take toll on ANOTHER BULLET.
Ironically being run the same day as the Valbert Marlowe Trophy, also at nine furlongs, the horses will break from adjacent the late trainer's barn and gallop two furlongs out of the mile chute, before hitting the main track, and another three furlongs to the half-mile.
ANOTHER BULLET has torrid pace and really gave DaCosta's three-year-olds a run for their money at a mile. Against FEARLESS SAMURAI, he did finish just ahead of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who closed for third from off the pace.
However, that was a month before DaCosta straightened out what he described as "some aches and pains" afflicting PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who returned to romp the Mark My Word Trophy, leaving SUPERLUMINAL eight lengths behind.
Preparing for the Mark My Word, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR posted one of the fastest five-a-and-a-half furlongs gallops in a while, 1:06.4, bettering stablemate SHE'S A MANEATER's 1:07.0 four days earlier, even though the filly returned to clock 1:06.1 a week later.
ANOTHER BULLET will try stealing a march but the distance, and running only six pounds lighter than back-to-form PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, should sap the speedster's energy in the stretch run.